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Blood Orange – Harriet Tyce

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

Alison has it all : loving husband, daughter and a career on the rise – she’s about to defend her first murder case. Why is she risking everything for someone who treats her with no respect?

I did it. I killed him.

Alison’s client stabbed her husband ; she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story feel off…

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

Someone knows Alison’s secret. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who wont stop until she’s lost everything…’

Blood Orange has been on my TBR pile ever since I saw people raving about it on Twitter. I ordered it to my local library and was thrilled when it arrived so quickly. My love affair with my library is getting out of hand!

What I liked:

-The cover. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I find the cover of Blood Orange really eye-catching. If I’d never heard of the book, I’d still have been drawn to it because of the cover.

-It’s gritty. It’s a dark story, and the author doesn’t shy away from any difficult subjects. This story contains scenes of domestic violence, emotional abuse, and suggestions of rape, amongst other things. I love that the author wasn’t afraid to make the story as dark as it was. I think the it really makes the story work well, and it makes the reader feel uncomfortable, scenes of this nature should.

– The plot progression. Only when thinking back on the plot for this review did I realise just how much happens. At 324 pages, it’s not a long book, but at no point did I feel that it was rushed, or that the author crammed too much into the pages. The pace felt very natural, and the plot flowed very well.

-The characters. Now, I must say that I actually didn’t particularly like any of the characters, but I don’t like we as readers are supposed to like them. Alison, the main character, is deeply flawed, a workaholic mother who drinks far too much, and, at times, neglects her family life in favour of her job and her affair. Her husband Carl is a patronising, and condescending man, belittling her when he can, and the descriptions of how he treats Alison is quite unsettling. The other supporting characters are equally flawed, but they are all realistically and very well written.

What I didn’t like

Much like my previous review, I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about Blood Orange.

I found it to be a gripping page turner, and I devoured it in just two sittings. It is a hugely impressive debut novel, and I will be keen to read whatever the author releases next. Highly recommended!

*Blood Orange gets a 5 – star rating*

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