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Blood Orange: The most 'heart-pounding' thriller of 2019
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'Shocking, addictive, dark domestic noir' SARAH PINBOROUGH

'Breathes new life into the domestic noir genre and grips until the final page' DAILY EXPRESS

'What a twist at the end!' LISA JEWELL


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....


'Gripping' Daily Mail

'Sizzlingly addictive' Heat

'Glittering and fierce . . . a glorious bonfire of a marriage thriller' Irish Times

'A smash hit' Best

'A very impressive debut' Observer

'Complex and compelling' Clare Mackintosh

'Dark and disturbing' Louise Jensen

'A superb, compulsive read' Tess Gerritsen

'Gloriously twisted' Emma Flint

Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: Headline Publishing Group Publication Date: 21/02/2019 ISBN-13: 9781472252753  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Harriet Tyce grew up in Edinburgh and studied English at Oxford University before doing a law conversion course at City University. She practised as a criminal barrister in London for nearly a decade, and recently completed an MA in Creative Writing - Crime Fiction at the University of East Anglia. She lives in north London. Blood Orange is her debut novel.

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Customer Reviews

A complex novel with a very blunt edge, Blood Orange is a sophisticated debut which is dominated by the brutally honest narrative of its main character, Alison. Giving an insight into the truth of the legal system and a view of the relationships between lawyers, this is also a timely book about the nature of difficult marriages. Set in the London of courts and chambers, this is a book of a place as well as characters who are portrayed as desperately human. A thriller based on human behaviour, this book has much to say about the life of women in the twenty first century, and the role of instant communication making life more complex. I was very grateful to be sent a copy of this gripping novel to read and review. It would seem that Alison has got everything. She is a successful barrister, having just received instructions in her first murder case, to defend a woman, Madeleine, accused of stabbing her husband. She enjoys a drink with her colleagues on a Friday, including her instructing solicitor Patrick. It soon becomes obvious that they are in a physical if not romantic relationship. When she wakes up in the morning she is greeted by her six year old daughter, Matilda, and her disapproving husband Carl. It is immediately obvious that while she assumes that her relationship with Patrick is a secret, Carl has severe complaints about her drinking, working long hours and general behaviour towards their daughter. She is reminded of his disapproval as he shows her footage of her drunken singing at a family and friends’ dinner. As she continually promises herself that she will end her unequal relationship with Patrick and spend more time with Matilda, her situation becomes more complex. In the background Madeline is too composed as she seems determined to plead guilty to murder, and there are other professional challenges to cope with at work. Her attempts to improve her marriage seem ill fated, and even basic attempts at child care prove nearly impossible. On every front she is challenged, and she struggles to cope on a daily basis. I really enjoyed this book, agreeing with other reviewers that there was a temptation to read it in one sitting. As a narrator Alison is honest, acknowledging her fears and weaknesses in the squalid nature of her encounters with Patrick and her constant guilt that she does not spend enough time with her daughter. Her professional life continues at a fast pace, and it is obvious that the author has real experience and insight into the life of a barrister in London, frequently dealing with the mundane and the real people in various courts. The situation in which Madeline finds herself has a particular resonance for our times, and that is a well handled element of this book. The writing style is fluid and seemingly effortless, coming from the heart, which is the mark of a really good novel. This is an honest if occasionally brutal read, sometimes a little shocking in its world view. Well balanced, insightful and genuine, this is a book which I thoroughly recommend for all readers of contemporary fiction.

- 02/03/2019
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