#BookReview Paperback Publication Day BLOOD ORANGE by HARRIET TYCE #BloodOrange

Delighted to be part of the paperback publication day celebrations for BLOOD ORANGE by HARRIET TYCE.  I’m reposting my review if this book passed you by when it was released earlier in the year – there’s no excuse now not to pick up a copy!!

‘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


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:
‘Gripping’ Daily Mail
‘Sizzlingly addictive’ Heat‘Delicious and addictive – a perfectly crafted treat!’ Louise Candlish, author of Our House
‘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

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

whsmith

hive.co.uk

MY REVIEW

I found this to be a book that stays with you for days after you finish reading it! The main character – Alison – is one of those women who on paper has it all! Highly intelligent and working as a lawyer and married with a young daughter BUT still seemingly on a mission to self destruct as she lives life on the edge with a drinking problem and an addiction to affairs.

This story follows her as she negotiates her first big murder case, while trying to work her way through her own problems and dealing with a boss who is in full control of their affair and uses her but she just can’t seem to stay away from him.

The murder case is one that strikes a chord with her – a woman who is happily married and does charity work, finds herself accused of murdering her husband in cold blood. The more Alison looks into the case you sense there is more to this than meets the eye, it’s just whether Alison has enough focus to figure it out.

And when Alison starts receiving sinister text messages saying ‘they know what she’s doing’ it just ramps up the tension and intrigue into this clever story full of very flawed characters.

I really loved the pace and flow of this story – it’s a very dark story and some of the twists were so well crafted that I found myself gasping with each reveal! It showed just how destructive a person can be to themselves, be it through drink or sex, when they should really be enjoying their lives and being happy with what they have. At a time when she should be celebrating her success and rise in the legal world, she finds her life spiralling out of control and dealing with the consequences of her actions

An astonishing debut that was a stunningly shocking read, and Harriet is an author I will definitely be reading more of in the future!

#BookReview #PaperbackPublicationDay A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A.FLETCHER

Delighted to share my review again on PUBLICATION DAY for the paperback edition of this stunning read.

Here’s a little more about the book to get you in the mood!!

“My name’s Griz. I’ve never been to school, I’ve never had friends, in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.


He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him – until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So I chased him out into the ruins of the world.


I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family’s real story is. More about what really matters.”

Published by Orbit

‘Epic in scope, enthralling, and full of human warmth’ M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with all the Gifts

‘You’ll remember A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World long after you finish reading’ Peng Shepherd, author of The Book Of M

‘Truly engrossing . . . brings hope and humanity to a cold and scary world’ Keith Stuart, author of A Boy Made of Blocks

‘This un-put-down-able story has everything-a well-imagined post-apocalyptic world, great characters, incredible suspense, and, of course, the fierce love of some very good dogs’ Kirkus (starred review)

‘A story that is as heart-warming as it is heart-breaking’ Fantasy Hive

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk  £7.89


whsmith  £6.47

waterstones  £8.99

MY REVIEW

Imagine living on a remote island with only your parents, sister and 2 dogs – there’s nobody else left in your little part of the world as the number of people is increasingly low as the birthrate has fallen dramatically.  This is the position that Griz is in – hearing stories of life in the lands beyond but never able to go there.  That is until someone steals his beloved dog, and his only thought is to jump in a boat and follow!  It just showed the bond created especially when your world is so uncomplicated and focused on those around you.

As Griz explores deserted towns and cities we get a real feeling of just how different the world is – Griz can only imagine things we took for granted and it’s brilliantly told as Griz speaks to us in each chapter of what life must have been like in our ‘crowded world’.    Griz is extremely brave in taking on this pursuit and just shows the lengths we’d all go to save those most important to us – be they human, or animals!

The innocence of Griz is the main thing I took from this book – – his wonder at hearing birdsong, wondering what life was like full of noise, cars, even seeing animals in zoos.  Being so remote on the island with his family, everything new he sees while exploring is a revelation and his time opens his eyes to a different way of seeing things .

It’s difficult to really say much more without giving away too much, but I thoroughly enjoyed being in the world of Griz and loved the twists and turns that awaited him and me as a reader! A book that takes you on a dark but memorable journey!

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