#BlogTour Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce #RandomThingsTours #BloodOrange #BookReview

Huge delight to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for BLOOD ORANGE by HARRIET TYCE.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of it all!

Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts about the book and it’s one of those books that I found myself unable to put down once I’d started reading it!! Always a good sign with a book!!

ABOUT THE BOOK

21st February 2019

Published in hardback by Wildfire, £12.99

Ebook and Audiobook also available

An utterly addictive, spectacularly dark psychological thriller that explores the power of desire, jealousy and betrayal.

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. 

Praise for Blood Orange

‘A Classy thriller with complex and compelling characters’ CLARE MACKINTOSH, author of I SEE YOU

‘Blood Orange is destined to be the debut that everyone is talking about in 2019. Dark, original and utterly compelling, I could not put it down. And what a twist at the end!’ LISA JEWELL, author of I FOUND YOU

‘A dark and disturbing domestic noir’

LOUISE JENSEN, author of THE SURROGATE

‘Blood Orange kept me frantically turning the pages, desperate to know what would happen next. A superb, compulsive read!’

TESS GERRITSEN, author of RIZZOLI ISLES SERIES

‘Wonderful and deeply satisfying, devour-in-one-sitting stuff!’

LUCY MANGAN

‘A dark and disturbing domestic noir’

LOUISE JENSEN, author of THE SISTER

‘Combines sharp spare prose with a gloriously twisted plot – I read this in one heart-pounding, furiously angry sitting’ EMMA FLINT, author of LITTLE DEATHS

‘This brilliant debut from Harriet Tyce has it all’

RACHEL ABBOTT, 3 million copy eBook bestselling author of ONLY THE INNOCENT

‘The debut novel of the year. Harriet Tyce is now on my ‘must read’ list’

JEFF ABBOTT, New York Times bestselling author of THE SAM CAPRA SERIES

‘Gritty and compelling, Blood Orange drags you right into the hearts of the flawed characters and their stories from the get go. A book that will keep you up all night.’ KATE HAMER, author of THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT

PURCHASE LINKS

Goldsboro Books – signed first edition £12.99

www.hive.co.uk  £10.69

waterstones  £10.99

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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. She is currently doing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

She lives in north London. Blood Orange is her debut novel

. Find Harriet on Twitter on @harriet_tyce

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!

The Feed by Nick Clark Windo #BookReview #Dystopian

THE BLURB

THE FEED by Nick Clark Windo is a startling and timely debut which presents a world as unique and vividly imagined as STATION ELEVEN and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS and explores what it is to be human in the digital age.

It makes us. It destroys us. 

The Feed is everywhere. It can be accessed by anyone, at any time. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it.

Tom and Kate use The Feed, but they have resisted addiction to it. And this will serve them well when The Feed collapses.

Until their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing.

Because how do you find someone in a world devoid of technology? And what happens when you can no longer trust that your loved ones are really who they claim to be?

Published by;  Headline Books

Out now

BUYING LINKS

Amazon UK

MY REVIEW

 

I found this to be an extremely enjoyable and dark debut, that centres around The Feed and how it had controlled people but when the system went down, society fell apart and those left are trying to make sense of the world they now find themselves living in.

‘The Feed’ is a system very similiar to the social media world we live in now, but instead of using a device to pick up news and share your views, this system is in your head and controls their way of life.  Without it they struggle – in a similar way as to many nowadays who don’t seem to be able to function without a mobile phone in their hand, and that helped make this book more believable and easy to understand the chilling side of how free thought is being undermined and what could the future bring for us all.  Not a pleasant thought at all!!

At the heart of the story are Kate and Tom.  Their story is told over different stages, and from both viewpoints, and you get a glimpse into how they deal with life under the control of The Feed, how they step outside the grid every now and then as they are only too aware of the problems that the ‘connected’ world has created .  But then there is a massive incident, chaos follows and the world changes.

We then fast forward 6 years to life without the control of The Feed and it’s a chilling place.  Many have died and survival for those left behind is bleak and you really pick up on the depressing vibes for those trying to carry on with food in short supply, and never knowing how to trust as many are fearful of anyone they meet.

When their daughter Bea goes missing, after they tell her the perils of going to sleep unwatched, it really adds a different edge to the story as they, and you!, try and figure out what has happened to her and why would someone be taking children.  There is a few twists and turns introduced to the plot too which add to the mystery and are a clever way of keeping you on your toes as to just where the story could go next!

Some of the characters along the way are not all that they seem and I really enjoyed trying to work out the motives of many, along with the flashbacks the characters have and wondering the importance, if any, these had on the storyline.  The connection with the world we live in and humans are destroying the natural world is also part of it and once more that helps the reader connect with what is happening.

Overall I found this to be a pulsating read that had some really clever twists and a chilling outlook for us all to fear!  Be very afraid!!

 

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Have also just learned that this book is to be made into a TV series so that is extremely pleasing news and I look forward to watching it being brought to life!

TV series of The Feed to be made