Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

2 Aug 2020

I've had my Kindle around a year now and I seem to find myself switching between physical books and Kindle on a regular basis, unable to decide which I prefer. Over lockdown however, I've reached for my Kindle more often and ultimately found it a much quicker way to read books. A book I have recently finished is one I saw praised a lot and was getting quite a buzz going on social media, so I decided to see if I enjoyed it as much as everyone else; I am of course, talking about Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce.

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
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....
I was really excited to get stuck into Blood Orange because it was a really popular read among friends and I figured if so many people with such differing tastes in genres could all love this book and find it hard to put down, it was sure to be worth a read, right?

The story follows Alison, a woman very much so having what most would refer to as a midlife-crisis, ticking all the cliche boxes for out of control behaviour. But whilst Alison finds routine in alcohol and the stereotypical office affair, there is a much darker side to her story, where other characters play much bigger roles than you first imagine.

I feel like, overall, Blood Orange finishes (yes, I'm talking about the ending already!) in a well-rounded way that feels fitting and gives you that 'Oooooh!' moment, but the beginning and middle are just not executed well for my taste. I don't feel the final chapters of this book are done any justice by the first three quarters of the book and there were many times I went to give up entirely and add Blood Orange to the still quite modest 'couldn't finish' pile.

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