Book review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce⁠

Synopsis

Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…

Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.

Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.

But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….

Review

Have you ever come across a book you’re really conflicted about? Well Blood Orange is one for me! Domestic noirs are usually not my cup of tea, but the hype surrounding this one drew me in.

This one has a mix of two main stories that overlap; a lawyer, Alison, gets her first murder case to solve, story 1, while her domestic life spirals out of control, story 2. The story is far more focused on Alison’s disintegrating life than the trial, which at first disappointed me, but as the story goes on, the two storylines compliment each other well. You begin to find out facts about the murder case that have parallels to Alison’s own life, which isn’t unique in itself, but I did think it was clever.⁠

This one is definitely guilty of thriller cliches – the sordid love affair, the horrible husband, threatening text messages etc – which did annoy me throughout. Plus, I wasn’t expecting this one to be so intensely sexually explicit. It wouldn’t have bothered me so much had it not been so in-your-face about it.⁠

The characters in this one are so utterly detestable that it’s difficult to feel anything other than hatred towards them. Even Alison, who has moments where you feel like maybe you can forgive her for the bad things she does, but ultimately just screws up again. Sometimes it’s fun to dislike a character in a book, but it becomes quite draining when ALL the characters are dislikeable. ⁠

The conclusion of this novel, while not hugely impressive in it’s surprises (I guessed almost all of it) was instead extraordinarily shocking. It’s been a long time since the ending of a thriller made me pause like this one did. Fair warning, this one is heavy and dark! I’m happy to provide trigger warnings for anyone who wants them!

All in all, this had so many parts of it that I didn’t like but it’s definitely memorable and has one of the most shocking endings I’ve read in ages.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


Book Details:

Pages: 336
Edition Published:
2019
Genre: Thriller, Fiction
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.94

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