Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce – review.


An electrifying debut thriller for fans of Anatomy of a Scandal, Apple Tree Yard, and Gone Girl.

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….

A disturbing, toxic and compelling novel that explores the power of fear and desire, jealousy and betrayal, love and hate, BLOOD ORANGE introduces a stunning new voice in psychological suspense.

My thoughts

After being immediately immersed into Alison’s life, I couldn’t wait to pick this book up at any given opportunity. So much so, I read into the night to finish it.

Blood Orange is a dark read, one of the darkest I’ve read in a while and it explores abuse in relationships brilliantly. Main character, Alison, should be the one with all the power. She has it all, the lovely home, husband and child. Not only that, she has a high profile city career as a barrister, but something isn’t right. Her relationships aren’t right.

Harriet Tyce paints the filthy setting with expertise. The whole novel has an air of dirt and grime about it, from the ‘dog shit’ on the wall to the urine soaked train toilet. I feel the dirt from the city and that dirt is a theme continued in all aspects of Alison’s life. Her liaisons feel grubby and sordid. Her whole life does.

If you love your psychological thrillers to be deep and unsettling, this is your book. I thought it was fantastic but then again, I do love something that is more on the warped side and this delivered in full!

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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