Title: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
Publisher: Wildfire Press
Date Published: 21st February 2019
Genre: Domestic Noir
AN ELECTRIFYING DEBUT THRILLER FOR FANS OF APPLE TREE YARD AND ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL – INTRODUCING A STUNNING NEW VOICE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE
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….
Blood Orange is a novel I’ve seen about since I went to the Harrogate crime festival last year and I had the opportunity to go to Headline New Voices last month and got my hands on a proof copy, I can’t tell you how excited I was!
Blood Orange is classed as a domestic noir, which means it’s a little slow burn at the beginning but there’s that sense of foreboding that makes you want to read on. I’d also say it’s got aspects of a legal thriller in there too, the author really draws on her experience as a former barrister to give it that realistic edge.
This is a real character driven novel, each are flawed and believable. I may not have liked her the whole time but I understood Alison. She’s a driven barrister, settled with a husband and daughter but she’s also insecure and unhappy. She turns to alcohol and starts an affair with another barrister Patrick. Both the men in her life, her husband Carl and Patrick, are just well horrible in my eyes. Patrick takes advantage of her and Carl makes sure she feels like a failure as a mother and wife.
While certain aspects of the ending were a little predictable, there’s a few shocks in there that made it a really enjoyable and intense ending.
I will also say that there is a fair bit of legal jargon, which will explained in a straightforward way, still went a little over my head.
Blood Orange is a fabulous debut, packed with tension, intrigue and flawed characters that will really stick in your mind once you’ve finished reading it. I can’t wait for Harriet Tyce’s next book!
About The Author:
Harriet Tyce was born and grew up in Edinburgh. She graduated from the University of Oxford in 1994 with a degree in English Literature before gaining legal qualifications. She worked as a criminal barrister for ten years, leaving after the birth of her first child. She completed an MA in Creative Writing – Crime Fiction at UEA where she wrote Blood Orange, which is her first novel.