Blood Orange
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.

Blood Orange Details

TitleBlood Orange
Author
ReleaseFeb 21st, 2019
PublisherWildfire
ISBN-139781472252753
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Suspense

Blood Orange Review

  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of those books that I couldn't put down because of the flow of the writing (very pacy) and the intriguing legal aspect that was blended into the ongoing domestic drama.The protagonist was at times sympathetic and other times really frustrating (some of her unwise decisions). She is an educated woman with a career as a barrister. She has just been granted her first murder case and needs to prepare a defense.It was unpredictable, had several moments of suspense with many darker turns This was one of those books that I couldn't put down because of the flow of the writing (very pacy) and the intriguing legal aspect that was blended into the ongoing domestic drama.The protagonist was at times sympathetic and other times really frustrating (some of her unwise decisions). She is an educated woman with a career as a barrister. She has just been granted her first murder case and needs to prepare a defense.It was unpredictable, had several moments of suspense with many darker turns that seemed to pop out at me. The author laid out all the clues, but they slipped by me.I would say that the ending was too far fetched for me, it really fell flat. - BUT I still give it 4 stars for the addictive page turning and the way she weaved the plot so cleverly.Recommend to mystery/crime fans who don't mind some unlikeable and flawed characters, but enjoy page turning suspense.This was a library loan for me.
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...3.5 StarsI had been seeing this book everywhere and thought the synopsis sounded intriguing.Alison seems to have it all. The perfect family and a great job. Her future is bright.But right from the start, we see that Alison most certainly does not have it all together. She’s drinking too much, working too much and….well let’s just say she’s doing too much of almost everything. What she’s not doing is spending any time with My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...3.5 StarsI had been seeing this book everywhere and thought the synopsis sounded intriguing.Alison seems to have it all. The perfect family and a great job. Her future is bright.But right from the start, we see that Alison most certainly does not have it all together. She’s drinking too much, working too much and….well let’s just say she’s doing too much of almost everything. What she’s not doing is spending any time with her family. Her excuse is that she’s working hard to support her family. But after a night of partying with some co-workers and passing out in her office, we see that Alison is more than a bit out of control.Alison is a criminal defense lawyer and she’s just been given her first big case. A woman is accused of murdering her husband. The woman doesn’t deny she killed her husband and thinks she should go to jail. But Alison feels like there is so much more to the story.Then Alison finds out that someone knows what she’s been doing and that someone wants her to pay.Not everything is quite as it seems in “Blood Orange”It did take me a little while to get into this story. However, after a slow start, I became absorbed in Alison’s wild private life and the murder case she was trying. I thought the characters were fairly well-developed, flaws and all. Alison wasn’t the most likable character and I cringed at her self-destructive behavior, but in many ways, she was still relatable. I eventually found myself rooting for her.Overall, I enjoyed this dark and gritty audiobook. The narration was good and although I did guess a few things before they were revealed, the twisted and intense ending had me on edge and was a complete surprise.“Blood Orange” was a clever and compelling debut novel about betrayal, control, addiction, and obsession.I’m curious to see what Harriet Tyce has in store for readers next!
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone wants what Alison has. A successful job as a defense attorney, a loving husband, and a precious daughter. She’s recently been assigned her first murder case. That’s all on the surface though. The truth is Alison abuses alcohol and doesn’t spend enough time with her family. She’s also having an affair with someone who has some issues of his own. Alison’s newest client stabbed her husband and readily admits it. She tells Alison she wants to plead guilty and get the trial behind her. But Everyone wants what Alison has. A successful job as a defense attorney, a loving husband, and a precious daughter. She’s recently been assigned her first murder case. That’s all on the surface though. The truth is Alison abuses alcohol and doesn’t spend enough time with her family. She’s also having an affair with someone who has some issues of his own. Alison’s newest client stabbed her husband and readily admits it. She tells Alison she wants to plead guilty and get the trial behind her. But something isn’t right about the client’s story. And Alison’s secrets seem to be known by someone close to her, but she doesn’t know who. Blood Orange is a dark, twisted, twisty thriller. I felt like a voyeur when I read about Alison’s complicated, complex life. Put all the vices out there, and Alison has them all and then some, but only one person seems to know the truth about her. When will her house of cards come tumbling down, and what will be at the root of it? Part character study, part legal thriller, all psychological thriller, Blood Orange is a tense, gritty story that compelled me to read it quickly and left my head swirling (even more than just spinning).I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • j e w e l s
    January 1, 1970
    FOUR STARSI kept hearing about this book from all the cool kids on Instagram. I knew I had to read it! I'm so glad I did, I think Harriet Tyce is an author to keep your eye on if you love psychological suspense.The first half of Blood Orange is almost perfect. The steady pace, the build up of suspense is spot on and a joy to read. Tyce goes deep when exploring the characters and you guys know how much I love writers that do that. The tone is very dark and I felt nothing but fear for Alison, our FOUR STARSI kept hearing about this book from all the cool kids on Instagram. I knew I had to read it! I'm so glad I did, I think Harriet Tyce is an author to keep your eye on if you love psychological suspense.The first half of Blood Orange is almost perfect. The steady pace, the build up of suspense is spot on and a joy to read. Tyce goes deep when exploring the characters and you guys know how much I love writers that do that. The tone is very dark and I felt nothing but fear for Alison, our story narrator, as she is metaphorically perched on the edge of a cliff.Something goes a little wrong with the plot as it stalls out during the second half. The novel feels tedious for several chapters until we start gearing up for the finale "twist de resistance".That ending!! The twist is perfectly satisfying! I loved it --it almost made me forget about the weaker parts of the book.Even with my quibbles, I would highly recommend Blood Orange to my fellow psyche thriller fans. I can't wait for more from this new author.I listened to the audio book and was absolutely riveted by the fabulous Julie Teal. She sounds exactly like a young Helen Mirren.
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  • Book of Secrets°ღ
    January 1, 1970
    BLOOD ORANGE is a book I discovered via my Instagram friends, and I'm so glad I moved it to the top of my TBR stack! The main character Alison is such a hot mess even though she may appear to have it all. Watching her go down a self-destructive path was not easy to read, but at the same time I could not look away. This is a complex, dark, and edgy thriller about poisonous relationships and destructive behavior. The ending was a shocker! Impressive debut from Harriet Tyce. Borrowed from the BLOOD ORANGE is a book I discovered via my Instagram friends, and I'm so glad I moved it to the top of my TBR stack! The main character Alison is such a hot mess even though she may appear to have it all. Watching her go down a self-destructive path was not easy to read, but at the same time I could not look away. This is a complex, dark, and edgy thriller about poisonous relationships and destructive behavior. The ending was a shocker! Impressive debut from Harriet Tyce. Borrowed from the library. ♥
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  • Dannii Elle
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.When I found out I had won a Twitter giveaway from this author's publicist I was thrilled! I have read a lot of thrillers and crime novels, in my time, despite them not being my favourite genre. For me, they provide a lighter source of relief, than my favourite classics or high fantasy, when I am poorly, sleep-deprived, anxious, or feeling any other sort of ailment. So whilst I do read the genre frequently it takes a rare novel from inside its ranks to make me want to Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.When I found out I had won a Twitter giveaway from this author's publicist I was thrilled! I have read a lot of thrillers and crime novels, in my time, despite them not being my favourite genre. For me, they provide a lighter source of relief, than my favourite classics or high fantasy, when I am poorly, sleep-deprived, anxious, or feeling any other sort of ailment. So whilst I do read the genre frequently it takes a rare novel from inside its ranks to make me want to drop everything and devour it immediately. Blood Orange did just that.The synopsis came with three taglines:Just one more night. Then I'll end it. I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up. I'm watching you. I know what you're doing. These three lines led me to believe this would be a novel from a multitude of perspectives. However, chilling prologue aside, it was maintained from just one. This is Alison: successful lawyer, mother of a beautiful little girl, and wife of doting husband. But this is not how the reader is introduced to her. We first see Alison getting blind drunk, competing for another man's attention, and blacking out at work only to be awoken by said husband and daughter, in the early hours of the next morning. This does not paint her in the most favourable of lights and, as the novel continued, there was no further illumination provided to ensure the reader aligned with her. And yet, somehow along the way, I did just that.This is where Tyce proved herself to me as an extraordinary deft and deceptive writer. She created a novel with the narration of a largely unlikable character and still made her readers adjust to her perspective. And whilst we are too busy focusing on Alison and her many issues, darker deeds were being delivered behind closed doors...I was hooked from the moment I opened this book and the only reason I have not awarded this the full five stars is that I went some way towards guessing how the whole thing would tie up. The multitude of smaller dramas and mysteries along the way still left me often open-mouthed with incredulity at having been deceived by them, however. Tyce is a masterful manipulator. Don't be surprised, whilst reading this, at what occurs behind your back and when your attentions are firmly fixated on where she demands them.
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow!! I absolutely LOVED this book! I did NOT want to put this down. Alison is as flawed a character as you can probably get. Successful lawyer with a husband and daughter at home - yet in an illicit affair with a man she can't stop thinking about. Her first murder case that has her on edge and wondering what her client is hiding. Soon it all starts coming down. You know what they say - when it rains, it pours... and Alison is about to get DRENCHED.Here's the thing. I love thrillers and crime Wow!! I absolutely LOVED this book! I did NOT want to put this down. Alison is as flawed a character as you can probably get. Successful lawyer with a husband and daughter at home - yet in an illicit affair with a man she can't stop thinking about. Her first murder case that has her on edge and wondering what her client is hiding. Soon it all starts coming down. You know what they say - when it rains, it pours... and Alison is about to get DRENCHED.Here's the thing. I love thrillers and crime fiction and I'm sure you know that if you've been following me at all. After a certain point, a lot of stories start to sound the same, or the pacing isn't quite what I prefer because I've just read SO MANY OF THEM. If you ask a lot of thriller reviewers, you'll see that they agree. This is typically why I like to sprinkle other genre books in between these reads to refresh my brain for a bit. But then I run into a book like this and I jump for joy, scream from the mountains, do my Snoopy dance and thank the publishing gods for finding Harriet Tyce and Blood Orange.While the book does talk about the murder case, the main storyline is Alison and her issues and I absolutely LOVE that! I was so in tuned with everything. I wanted to know about the murder case, I wanted to know what was going to happen to Alison. I felt for her and wanted to slap her all at the same time. I loved the little hints that led you in the wrong direction and while I did figure out one twist, the other (MAIN) one, I did NOT. I could gush about this one all day. Basically it's this - PUT THIS ON YOUR TBR LIST. February can't come fast enough. I need people to discuss this book with! Trust me, you don't want to sit on this one. And Harriet - I hope you're coming out with another one soon because I need more from you!Thanks so much to Grand Central Publishing for this copy!
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  • Joanna Elm
    January 1, 1970
    I just don't get it. Don't get this one at all. Alison, the protagonist is supposedly a smart barrister in London. Yet, she allows herself to be abused by her husband who calls her "skanky" and criticizes almost everything she does, including her cooking. And, just when one could sympathize/empathize with her for finding a lover, you discover he also abuses her, forcing her to have sex with him in a train bathroom where she has to get on her knees on a urine-soaked floor. Puleeeez!!!!!! And, so I just don't get it. Don't get this one at all. Alison, the protagonist is supposedly a smart barrister in London. Yet, she allows herself to be abused by her husband who calls her "skanky" and criticizes almost everything she does, including her cooking. And, just when one could sympathize/empathize with her for finding a lover, you discover he also abuses her, forcing her to have sex with him in a train bathroom where she has to get on her knees on a urine-soaked floor. Puleeeez!!!!!! And, so yes, of course, she has an excuse to drink... heavily. In the end, none of her problems are resolved through her own agency. The resolutions just happen -- luckily for her.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I know I am in the minority here but I just don’t get it. I was determined to finish based on all the great reviews but ended up speeding the narration to help me along. There was not one likable person in this book. The story seemed to drag, the criminal case was just okay. Imagine having an affair with someone who treats you worse than your husband? I just never connected with this book.The last couple of chapters were everything. Not wonderful but...
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Alison is a successful criminal law barrister who seems hell-bent on pressing that self-destruct button. Outwardly she has a home life to envy with an adorable young daughter, a husband who takes care of the house and childcare whilst she works and she has just been given her first murder case, a big step up the ladder in her career. She also has a drink problem and a lack of self-control – one drink is never enough and inevitably she ends up making a fool of herself in front of friends and Alison is a successful criminal law barrister who seems hell-bent on pressing that self-destruct button. Outwardly she has a home life to envy with an adorable young daughter, a husband who takes care of the house and childcare whilst she works and she has just been given her first murder case, a big step up the ladder in her career. She also has a drink problem and a lack of self-control – one drink is never enough and inevitably she ends up making a fool of herself in front of friends and colleagues and worse, making decisions that she would regret. In this category, falls her continuing affair with a colleague. She knows that she should stop it but she just can’t bring herself to actually do it …and mean it.When I first started reading this I really struggled to feel any empathy for Alison because of her reckless behaviour. Even though her drunken binges didn’t seem to adversely affect the way she did her job, I didn’t like the way she neglected her family when she didn’t have to and whilst her love for her daughter was never in doubt, she was too easily side-tracked by the thought of another drink or another illicit meeting with the sometimes charming but rather quite odious Patrick. However as the story went on, with more tantalising disclosures together with reading between the lines, my opinion of her slowly changed and the more I began to understand, the more I was on her side.The story is not just about Alison although she is the main character and the story is told from her perspective. The client she has been asked to defend has been accused of murdering her husband. At first sight it looks a straightforward case but as the defence case is prepared, it becomes clear that there are unsettling parallels between the lives of Alison and her client Madeleine. It’s really difficult to review this in detail without giving away spoilers. Blood Orange is a both a domestic and legal thriller, with adult content, and a dark and disturbing storyline involving control and manipulation. Just when you think you know which way the story is heading, the author throws a curveball and you’re left blindsided. There were one or two aspects that I had guessed, but nothing could prepare me for the conclusion.Blood Orange is the author’s debut novel and it is an absolute cracker. Tyce was a barrister for 10 years so the legal aspects are totally realistic. It is so cleverly structured and the characterisations are superbly done – any author who can bring their characters to life and make you feel such strong emotion, whether it be dislike or sympathy, has done their job well. This is another sure-fire contender for my top books of the year. I loved it and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. It makes for very uncomfortable reading at times and there are parts that may shock but its actually a very topical read and just so compelling.It has just been announced that Blood Orange has been optioned for a TV series by World Productions. This is excellent news but no surprise – it would make an excellent TV drama and I can’t wait.
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  • Julie (JuJu)
    January 1, 1970
    Short summary:An impressive debut full of shockers and suspense!My thoughts:This book started out great and kept my attention throughout! I really enjoyed it, but was a little disappointed at the ending. I’m not sure what I expected. Although it had a pretty big shocker at the end, part of it was a little bit of a let down...for me. Still...the book was worth reading! Full of twists and great writing. I’ll definitely read another book by this author.What a thoroughly messed up marriage! Alison Short summary:An impressive debut full of shockers and suspense!My thoughts:This book started out great and kept my attention throughout! I really enjoyed it, but was a little disappointed at the ending. I’m not sure what I expected. Although it had a pretty big shocker at the end, part of it was a little bit of a let down...for me. Still...the book was worth reading! Full of twists and great writing. I’ll definitely read another book by this author.What a thoroughly messed up marriage! Alison is a total disaster, and just keeps spiraling out of control. It’s hard to believe she’s able to have such a successful career when she can’t seem to get her crap together in her personal life, 😂 How out of control was she going to let everything get before she stopped making such bad choices? I could see where her personal life was heading, but not the shocking twists the author came up with!My Rating: 4 ⭐️’sPublished: Published February 21st 2019 by WildfireRecommend: YesBook Blurb: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.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    So TheakstonsCrime read 2 is complete.Blood Orange is a pacy, clever and emotional psychological thriller with added legal and family drama.Immediately compelling with a strongly divisive main protagonist you can absolutely relate to, I simply did not want to put this one down. So I didn’t.If you love a great psychological thriller but need it to be edgy, unpredictable and beautifully written Blood Orange will be for you.Hugely addictive with a fist pump in the air finale, I’m two for two on So TheakstonsCrime read 2 is complete.Blood Orange is a pacy, clever and emotional psychological thriller with added legal and family drama.Immediately compelling with a strongly divisive main protagonist you can absolutely relate to, I simply did not want to put this one down. So I didn’t.If you love a great psychological thriller but need it to be edgy, unpredictable and beautifully written Blood Orange will be for you.Hugely addictive with a fist pump in the air finale, I’m two for two on fantastic Theakstons proof reads. Recommended.
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  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh I don’t know how to write this review so it will make sense. There were so many things about this book that I really didn’t enjoy and yet so many things about this book that I was utterly gripped by and couldn’t actually turn the pages fast enough. So, I shall try to break it down and start at the beginning.Our main protagonist is Alison – a 40-something successful female barrister with a stay-at-home husband and cute 6 year old daughter Tilly, and what appears initially to be Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh I don’t know how to write this review so it will make sense. There were so many things about this book that I really didn’t enjoy and yet so many things about this book that I was utterly gripped by and couldn’t actually turn the pages fast enough. So, I shall try to break it down and start at the beginning.Our main protagonist is Alison – a 40-something successful female barrister with a stay-at-home husband and cute 6 year old daughter Tilly, and what appears initially to be the “perfect” life. However it is soon apparent that Allie has problems, big, ugly, inexcusable problems including excessive drinking, having a sordid affair with a colleague and completely neglecting her husband and daughter. I’m not even going to pretend to like Allie or say I could relate to her because I absolutely could NOT – she made me very angry and very disappointed and at no time could I feel an iota of sympathy or excuse her behaviour.Then there is Patrick – her manipulative colleague and often brutal lover – another revolting character that made my skin crawl – what the hell does Allie see in this pig? He made me want to have a shower in bleach every time he touched her.Blood Orange‘s main story starts when Patrick assigns Allie her first Murder case to defend. A woman has been caught red-handed having stabbed her husband 15 times with a knife in their bedroom. However this is a twisted, dark psychological story so nothing is as it seems and the reader is led in multiple directions trying to follow the case and watch Allie try to salvage her personal and professional life.I can think of 2 high profile books I’ve read in the past few years where I absolutely HATED the main characters but loved the books, the writing style, the pace, the storyline and BLOOD ORANGE falls into that category too. In my opinion, any author who can make the reader feels so much emotion (good or bad, disgust or admiration) towards a fictional character is one to look out for and follow her career closely. As much as I really disliked all the main characters I literally COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN.Definitely a MARMITE book, but as I love marmite I’m happy to recommend this. Car Crash fiction writing at it’s best!
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been hearing so much about this book I knew I had to pick it up. Blood Orange has definitely lived up to its hype 100% - I could not put it down. She nailed it! A fast paced thriller about Alison; wife, mother, a workaholic criminal attorney in London.. add to that an alcoholic and cheater.. I mean what could possibly go wrong, right??! E V E R Y T H I N GI loved loved loved the surprise out of nowhere twist at the end.. shocking!!! Fabulous debut Ms. Tyce. I’ve been hearing so much about this book I knew I had to pick it up. Blood Orange has definitely lived up to its hype 100% - I could not put it down. She nailed it! A fast paced thriller about Alison; wife, mother, a workaholic criminal attorney in London.. add to that an alcoholic and cheater.. I mean what could possibly go wrong, right??! E V E R Y T H I N GI loved loved loved the surprise out of nowhere twist at the end.. shocking!!! Fabulous debut Ms. Tyce. 👍🏻👍🏻
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  • Bill Kupersmith
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve always loved the trappings of the English legal system, especially barristers in their gowns and wigs. Some barristers (especially those who deal in libel tourism and suits against ex-servicemen) are even sleazier than their American counterparts, but their dress and surroundings give them an aura of class. Imagine having ‘chambers’ at an ‘Inn’ which John Donne once inhabited. (Just the title, ‘An Epithalamion Made in Lincoln’s Inn’ gives me a shiver of delight.) In the case of criminal bar I’ve always loved the trappings of the English legal system, especially barristers in their gowns and wigs. Some barristers (especially those who deal in libel tourism and suits against ex-servicemen) are even sleazier than their American counterparts, but their dress and surroundings give them an aura of class. Imagine having ‘chambers’ at an ‘Inn’ which John Donne once inhabited. (Just the title, ‘An Epithalamion Made in Lincoln’s Inn’ gives me a shiver of delight.) In the case of criminal bar – whilst most of their clients are indeed villains (as Rumpole would call them) – it is the last line of defence against unfair and malicious prosecution. (I wish like their British cousins that American trial lawyers more often prosecuted, rather than leaving it to ambitious politicians adding to their scalp collections to gain publicity to run for higher office.) Alison, our narrator, is a barrister in her late thirties and what is referred to sometimes as a ‘high functioning alcoholic’ only she’s not functioning’s all that high, suffering frequent memory lapses and blackouts. She has a husband, Carl, who is a part-time psychotherapist and househusband to their daughter Matilda. She is also having an affair with her instructing solicitor Patrick, fond of forcing her to have rough sex under embarrassing circumstances. (Patrick’s notions of romantic settings reminded me of Mark’s in Apple Tree Yard, another book I hated though obviously I was in the minority.) Then Alison is given a delicious brief. Madeleine Smith is charged with murder, accused of having “hacked, chopped and stabbed…leaving fifteen separate injuries on her husband in their bedroom in Clapham.” The accused maintains she has no memory of killing Edwin, that after he told her he was leaving her, she ‘drank most of a bottle of gin’ and ‘blacked out’, awakening to find him dead at her feet. But she wants to plead guilty.All of the principal men in the story, Patrick, Carl, and Edwin, are totally odious and disgusting. So it’s not surprising that Alison discerns easily that there was something wrong with Madeleine’s marriage and that there should be grounds for a more lenient sentence. Madeleine’s son James is prepared to testify that Edwin was abusive. Personally, I felt sorry that English law doesn’t allow a verdict of “Not guilty of murder by reason of the deceased’s needing killing” (in my youth in Texas, many juries assumed there was). I was basically satisfied with the ending (especially for Patrick), though I suspect Agatha Christie would have given Madeleine’s story a different twist. If you can endure witnessing really disgusting and sexist men, and some wrenching self-destructive behaviour by Alison, Blood Orange is an intriguing and gripping read.
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  • Fictionophile
    January 1, 1970
    For my complete review of "Blood Orange" visit: https://fictionophile.comI have to say that for most of the book, Alison is NOT a very likable protagonist. Yet despite this, I found I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I guess it is the old 'train wreck' psychology. You just know that something bad has happened and you are compelled to view it for yourself despite the sure fact it will be disturbing.Alison was a hard person to empathize with. She was a clever, attractive barrister with a For my complete review of "Blood Orange" visit: https://fictionophile.comI have to say that for most of the book, Alison is NOT a very likable protagonist. Yet despite this, I found I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I guess it is the old 'train wreck' psychology. You just know that something bad has happened and you are compelled to view it for yourself despite the sure fact it will be disturbing.Alison was a hard person to empathize with. She was a clever, attractive barrister with a career on the up. She was married to a psychotherapist, and is the mother of a darling six-year old daughter. Yet still she jeopardized it all for an affair. And not an affair for love. An affair that was demeaning, degrading, and sordid. Why, we wonder?Gradually we realize that Alison's marriage has been in jeopardy for over two years. Around about the time that her husband Carl was made redundant.Well folks, at about the 3/4 mark I started to empathize with Alison more. It was at about that point that this novel - which was already compelling - turned into a true page-turner. I literally couldn't bear to put the book down.Domestic noir/Psychological thriller/Legal thriller, this novel will be appreciated by all those readers who like any of these genres.It is impossible to discern while reading that this is a debut novel. The writing is polished and compelling. I'm sure that the author will be one whom readers of this novel will follow throughout her career. I know for certain that I will be.
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  • Amber Myott
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 rounded to 5 . Luckily I started this book on a Friday night because I couldn’t put it down.Well written with just enough twists to keep me enthralled but not rolling my eyes with absurdity as some thrillers do .
  • Linda Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Wow! This book was so good, kept me on the edge of my seat and continued to call to me to finish. I will definitely read other books by Ms. Tyce, I hope she doesn't keep us waiting long!
  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    I made it a third of the way though this book and gave up. Alison is a criminal lawyer who seems to spend most of her time drinking excessively and having an affair with a colleague, rather than going home to her husband and 6 year old daughter. If you want to read about her having sex in a urine splashed train bathroom go for it. I don’t care what happens in the rest of the book. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Karen’s Library
    January 1, 1970
    I was browsing my favorite local bookstore, Poisoned Pen, and saw someone taking pictures of what I assumed was an author standing next to a stack of books. That author turned out to be Harriet Tyce and the books were of Blood Orange, her debut novel. Harriet was in town to do an author event that night and just happened to have stopped in to get the lay of the land. Well, she was so lovely and absolutely delightful!! And very English! After chatting with her for a while and asking her about her I was browsing my favorite local bookstore, Poisoned Pen, and saw someone taking pictures of what I assumed was an author standing next to a stack of books. That author turned out to be Harriet Tyce and the books were of Blood Orange, her debut novel. Harriet was in town to do an author event that night and just happened to have stopped in to get the lay of the land. Well, she was so lovely and absolutely delightful!! And very English! After chatting with her for a while and asking her about her book, I knew I had to get a copy. It’s been in my TBR pile since then but only because I was not really reading this genre again until a couple of weeks ago. My oh my, why the hell did I wait so long?! I took a few hours off from work this afternoon and settled on the couch to read. It’s now late the same night and I devoured this book in one day!! Allison is a married trial lawyer in London, and she drinks too much. She’s also having an affair with her co-worker. From the beginning, I completely disliked her. But oddly, I couldn’t look away. There was something about her when she’d try to redeem herself for her daughter. After twist after twist, there came a point where I was actually rooting for her. And by the end, and those last major twists, I was extremely satisfied with the ending, and with Alison. I will most definitely be watching for Harriet Tyce’s novels from now on. Fantastic start for this debut author!!
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  • Basic B's Guide
    January 1, 1970
    All aboard the Alison HOT MESS EXPRESS! From the beginning, Alison clearly doesn’t have her crap together. She’s a sloppy drunk, adulteress and avoidant of all family/life responsibilities. I wanted to shake or slap some sense into her and tell her “actions have consequences!” (wink wink). Oh, and don’t even get me started on the men in this story. Let’s just say my opinion of them was all over the charts. I’ll just bite my tongue here.I will say that I did predict a bit of where this story was All aboard the Alison HOT MESS EXPRESS! From the beginning, Alison clearly doesn’t have her crap together. She’s a sloppy drunk, adulteress and avoidant of all family/life responsibilities. I wanted to shake or slap some sense into her and tell her “actions have consequences!” (wink wink). Oh, and don’t even get me started on the men in this story. Let’s just say my opinion of them was all over the charts. I’ll just bite my tongue here.I will say that I did predict a bit of where this story was headed but there were still a few twists that I did NOT see coming. Kudos to a debut thriller author that can do that for me. The murder case is a side story and not an integral part but interesting nonetheless.The chapters are longer and I would definitely say that this is an emotional character-driven novel. Expect to despise everyone at some point and be filled with a mixture of emotions throughout.Please note there are triggers of abuse and rape.Overall, I’m happy I decided to pick this one up. I devoured it in less than 48 hours and think it will keep people on their toes.
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  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
    January 1, 1970
    Great book by a debut author! I had a hard time putting it down. It all seemed so cut and dried at the beginning (Carl was the nice cuckolded husband and Alison was awful for cheating on him.) I was in for a lot of twists. What I really enjoyed about this book was there was more than one mystery going on within the story lines. There was the story of Alison and her marriage and affair, and then there was her client Madeline who murdered her husband.I do have some questions/comments though... Great book by a debut author! I had a hard time putting it down. It all seemed so cut and dried at the beginning (Carl was the nice cuckolded husband and Alison was awful for cheating on him.) I was in for a lot of twists. What I really enjoyed about this book was there was more than one mystery going on within the story lines. There was the story of Alison and her marriage and affair, and then there was her client Madeline who murdered her husband.I do have some questions/comments though... (view spoiler)[1) Why didn't Alison at least attempt to research the # that was sending the threatening text messages? Call it? See if Patrick knew it?2) Patrick's COMPLETE turnaround is just kind of unbelievable... he goes from practically abusing her, ignoring her, hurting her, to what? Being in love and wanting to make a life with her? That seems a little farfetched to me.3) The time Alison and Patrick were at her house... what made this any different? She told him no and to stop all the other instances and got off on it? I feel like this was just to set up his story line and death.4) What lawyer and mother would repeatedly turn their cell phone off like that? That's odd and again, kind of unbelievable. (hide spoiler)]These were all minor issues, which shows the fact that this is a debut novel. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author in the future!
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  • The Book Review Café
    January 1, 1970
    A disturbing story of toxic relationships, manipulation, desire and betrayal, I raced through Blood Orange by debut author Harriet Tyce. I genuinely enjoy a Psychological thriller that delves into the complexities of toxic relationships. I can genuinely say I loathed every character in this book. Alison appears to have it all, but it’s not enough, here’s a woman whose hell bent on pushing the ‘self destruct’ button. I’m afraid I lacked empathy for Alison, mostly because of her reckless A disturbing story of toxic relationships, manipulation, desire and betrayal, I raced through Blood Orange by debut author Harriet Tyce. I genuinely enjoy a Psychological thriller that delves into the complexities of toxic relationships. I can genuinely say I loathed every character in this book. Alison appears to have it all, but it’s not enough, here’s a woman whose hell bent on pushing the ‘self destruct’ button. I’m afraid I lacked empathy for Alison, mostly because of her reckless behaviour, but such is the power of the author’s writing, I ended up hoping she would find a way to turn her life round and rid herself of the unhealthy relationship She had with her husband, and her lover. The men in Alison’s life are manipulative, bullies, and unpleasant, any woman in control of her life would see the warning signs and run for the hills! And yet I really enjoyed this book, there’s an overwhelming sense of dread, as Alison’s life begins to unravel, and the all important tension increases all the way to the hugely satisfying finale. Highly recommended to those who enjoy unsettling, dark domestic noir.
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    Not one for me. I didn't get this book at all, sorry! Hateful characters (but that's the point given the story I know) but I guess I'm just tired of stories where one of the characters drinks to oblivion and then wonders why life's not turning out that well. I should have read the blurb of course but I like surprises.But the story soon spirals into a situation that really chews up the characters and is a very very dark place. I just wasn't that keen to go there personally. Apple Tree Yard seems Not one for me. I didn't get this book at all, sorry! Hateful characters (but that's the point given the story I know) but I guess I'm just tired of stories where one of the characters drinks to oblivion and then wonders why life's not turning out that well. I should have read the blurb of course but I like surprises.But the story soon spirals into a situation that really chews up the characters and is a very very dark place. I just wasn't that keen to go there personally. Apple Tree Yard seems calm in comparison.Set in and around the Courts of London but you wouldn't want to go anywhere the characters do.
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  • Anna Luce
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars (rounded up to 3)Blood Orange left me feeling...not much at all. It might be because of the narrative, which is propelled by a protagonist who is the embodiment of a train-wreck, or it might be because of Tyce attempting to gross readers out trough lazily nauseating scenes, but this novel just seems to hit the one note. It focuses on three or four equally frustrating characters who behave or say things that are almost excessively—if not goofily—unpleasant.While the elements of the ★★★✰✰ 2.5 stars (rounded up to 3)Blood Orange left me feeling...not much at all. It might be because of the narrative, which is propelled by a protagonist who is the embodiment of a train-wreck, or it might be because of Tyce attempting to gross readers out trough lazily nauseating scenes, but this novel just seems to hit the one note. It focuses on three or four equally frustrating characters who behave or say things that are almost excessively—if not goofily—unpleasant.While the elements of the story are standards of the domestic thriller, the writing offers them in a very graphic way. Combining vivid imagery with a taut prose not only does Tyce bring Alison's experiences to life but she also gives a transfixing edge to her narrative. While reading this I felt an almost inevitable dread. Reading about Alison...it was like watching a car-crash in slow motion. More than once I was fooled into thinking that Alison could not sink lower than what she already had...well, she showed me! For the most part of the novel Alison keeps drinking herself stupid, engages in an affair with a colleague who keeps treating her liker crap, and promises her husband that she will 'do better'. For some obscure reason Alison is good at her job. She is a criminal law barrister who has just received her first murder case. This case takes is on the sideline of Alison's narrative. The story is more concerned with Alison's affair, her marriage, and the vulgar texts she has started receiving than her case.Although the story tells us that Alison is good at what she does...well, I found that hard to believe. I couldn't even really think of her as a 'workaholic'. Most of the time she just wants an excuse to hang out with Patrick. I get that she is meant to be pathetic and spineless and just a sort...of a walking trashcan but at a certain point I started wondering just how thick can person be. A lot of what she does is motivated by immature desires ('I want Patrick', 'I want to be a good mum', 'I want to work on this case' ). She thinks things in a very simple manner, and to begin with I thought that she was being 'ironic' but no, she actually thinks like child. Alison's voice is so monotone. She is not a nuanced portrayal of a married woman who is cheating on her husband and drinks too much. If you are looking for a layered and believable character...look elsewhere. There is this half-hearted attempt to make her seem like she knows just how terrible her marriage is by making her identify with the case she is working on (a case in which a wife has stabbed to death her husband) but it is done in such a blatantly matter-of-fact way that I never believed that Alison possessed the awareness and or perspective to notice the strong similarities between her marriage and the one of her case. Not much happens but I did find myself almost hypnotised by these horrible people. Alison is so passive that a lot of the time I actually hoped that someone would slap or harm her. Her solipsistic drives cause her to be in a miserable situation and I think that the epilogue tries to paint her immaturity, selfishness, and dangerous behaviour as being someone else's fault... Ultimately the novel fails to be dark. There are weak attempts to make the story bold ranging from description of gross things (there was an almost an excessive amount of scenes revolving around Alison stepping on 'piss', touching 'shit', getting covered in 'puke', cooking food that looked like 'sick') or having characters degrade themselves and or others.Although Tyce's prose could be rather compelling her characters were almost laughably dislikable and her story leads to simplistic resolution. Read more reviews on my blog
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  • Tripfiction
    January 1, 1970
    Domestic noir set in LONDON (actions have consequences)This novel has been on my radar since publication…. see what I thought:Alison is a criminal barrister, married to Carl. She is struggling to keep all the plates spinning in her life and on the fringes she is also having an affair with her instructing solicitor, Patrick. It is evident that she is chaotic and the relationship with her lover and her husband serve to further undermine her. Patrick subjugates her and humiliates, often with her Domestic noir set in LONDON (actions have consequences)This novel has been on my radar since publication…. see what I thought:Alison is a criminal barrister, married to Carl. She is struggling to keep all the plates spinning in her life and on the fringes she is also having an affair with her instructing solicitor, Patrick. It is evident that she is chaotic and the relationship with her lover and her husband serve to further undermine her. Patrick subjugates her and humiliates, often with her compliance and can yet be tender and considerate. Theirs is a push-pull relationship, similar to her relationship with her husband Carl, who burrows under her skin with his throwaway comments. Yes, she is a magnet for abusive behaviour, she is drowning in other people’s contempt.Excessive alcohol keeps her tottering through her days. Sexual encounters keep her on her toes (or knees) – although her lifestyle doesn’t quite seem to have the intensity of addiction, it is nevertheless certainly a factor in her life that keeps her tethered to the status quo.Alison is given a case to work on. Madeleine has killed her husband. It is clear that there has been severe domestic abuse prior to his death, offering mitigating circumstances perhaps for the trial and sentence. Madeleine’s marriage is clearly a mirror held up to Alison and her choice of partners. It is a choice ending and the novel certainly ends with a bang (no, not that kind of bang!).I did read the book avidly and very much enjoyed it. It bowls along at a balanced pace and does a pretty good job of laying out Alison’s emotionally damaged persona, subtly building the domestic abuse scenario both for Alison at home and for Madeleine as she awaits trial. The author has well fleshed out the character of Carl, who is adept at passive-aggressive belittling (he can humiliate Alison in front of friend’s for simply cutting off the nose of a piece of Brie!). The novel has a few very minor flaws along the way, which I was happy to accommodate because I enjoyed the overall read.We come to find out that actions indeed do have consequences, which, as the book closes, becomes a mantra and appears randomly several times. It felt like a groove that was stuck somewhere along the line and perhaps needed a bit of further editing.Carl’s “counselling training” does not mean he is sufficiently qualified to practise as a psychotherapist, which is what he does. But perhaps Alison is doling out a bit of passive-aggressive repartee and belittling him in return… who knows.The book opens in the Prologue with a bit of auto-erotic asphyxiation, featuring an orange (apparently you need some citrus to bring you back from blacking out) which was a strange opener for the book and perhaps didn’t quite set the relevant tone for the narrative (for me, anyway). Yes, the leitmotif of oranges is present, for example cut up innocently for young Tilly (Alison and Carl’s daughter) but somehow the introduction of oranges at intervals felt just a little contrived to justify the catchy title (and eye catching cover).Overall, I devoured the novel. And yes, it is on a par with The Girl on the Train and I am sure we will see the novel translated onto the big screen before long.London, too, especially North London (where Alison lives for much of the time) gets a good look-in. Even the Travelodge in Covent Garden has a mention!A good debut novel.
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  • Cheryl James
    January 1, 1970
    Different characters, different stories, yet it all comes together to make one book. Strange things happen to good people and good people do strange things. Dysfunction at its best!!
  • Janel
    January 1, 1970
    A dark and compelling exploration of the female experience, both at home and in the workplace. Flawed, realistic characters, an all round engaging read.
  • Myrna
    January 1, 1970
    What a terrific thriller. I was engaged throughout the entire story. Had some minor unanswered questions but still giving it 5 stars. Great debut novel about addiction, lies, obsession, guilt, and revenge that kept me guessing. The last chapter was a complete surprise. Great debut Harriet Tyce!
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  • Ingstje
    January 1, 1970
    Oh Alison, what a tragic and unfulfilling life you lead. Alison’s making a right mess of her life and it’s of her own doing. Should I feel compassion? I’m not going to lie, it was hard to sympathise. She’s such a strong woman and then she shows such weakness, drinking excessively and making a fool of herself time and time again. She also has an affair and the worst part is that it isn’t even with anyone nice. Patrick’s debasing treatment of her and the rough sex he forces her into, all on his Oh Alison, what a tragic and unfulfilling life you lead. Alison’s making a right mess of her life and it’s of her own doing. Should I feel compassion? I’m not going to lie, it was hard to sympathise. She’s such a strong woman and then she shows such weakness, drinking excessively and making a fool of herself time and time again. She also has an affair and the worst part is that it isn’t even with anyone nice. Patrick’s debasing treatment of her and the rough sex he forces her into, all on his terms and how he pleases, were enough not to care for him at all. Not even after all that’s happened, he just sunk too low for me to crawl out of that pit.I didn’t like Alison either but from what I’ve heard and seen myself in real life I know that drinking is a common problem among barristers, so it’s not so strange after all. If it were any other novel I’d have the reaction too that it’s yet another alcoholic, but I feel it’s quite justified here. And of course you can find adultery in all businesses… I’m just hoping they’re not all so loathsome as Patrick. I know that lawyers are in second place of professions with the most psychopaths (CEO’s are number one btw), and he sure comes close.I was so very focused on Alison and her personal life that I’d almost forget there’s a legal part to this novel too. She’s working on the testimony of a woman who shot her husband and she has to decide the best way of presenting the case. I enjoyed the insight and reading about the different possibilities of going forward here but I can’t say I didn’t see any of it coming right from the start. I do read a lot of these type of novels though so maybe not so surprising I’m naturally inclined to think of every possibility.I was more surprised however when I reached the ending of the novel… I completely forgot what drew me into this novel at first, being so preoccupied with everything else that was going on with Alison and her marriage, so I find that a really good thing and I was quite shocked when I suddenly remembered that part again. The ending was very fitting and I sure know I’ll never look at blood oranges the same way ever again. It’ll always, always be associated with this novel now :-).
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