Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Reviewed by Lotte:

How can you really enjoy a book but really dislike every single character? For me, that was exactly how I felt about this book. This novel by Tyce was full of suspension and plenty of plot twists – some predictable but many totally unexpected until the last minute. This is the story of Alison whose personal life seems to be falling apart whilst her career begins to take off. As details of her most recent case unveil themselves so do the flaws and apparent misdemeanours in her personal life. Slowly her life and the lives of those around her unravel to a point beyond recognition, that is until the pieces start to fall in place and it all begins to make sense, in a dark, disturbing way

I think I disliked Tyce’s characters because they were incredibly human, flawed and messy, which becomes uncomfortable. But this may also have contributed to me really enjoying this book – it was real. And the twists and subversive actions were subtle enough to feel believable too

In terms of plot twists, Tyce certainly knows how to throw a curveball just when you think you’ve figured out what is happening. The suspense she creates and the revelations of yet more intricately placed surprises was incredibly clever. Plus all the loose ends that Tyce left throughout the book were all neatly tied up by the end. I do love a book that makes sure it explains all its unanswered mysteries.

The pacing of this book was great too. I felt drawn to reading chapter after chapter, not wanting to put the book down, yet wanting to make it last. I choose to read this book at the same time as a friend and couldn’t wait to discuss it with her. So many facets and talking points! All in all, a really good book!

Author: Harriet Tyce
Publisher: Wildfire
Release date: 21 February 2019

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