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Blood Orange

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  45,814 ratings  ·  3,395 reviews
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 havi
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published February 21st 2019 by Wildfire (first published January 10th 2019)
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Holly  B
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
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars

I 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 he
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
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...
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dining-room-1
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 s
j e w e l s
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

I 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
Charlotte May
3.5 ⭐️

My Facebook book group has raved about this book - I had really high hopes, and while I enjoyed it I didn’t find it mind blowing or anything.

I kind of guessed that there was something wrong with the husband (view spoiler)

Alison is in a rocky marriage, she drinks to exc
Joanna Elm
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
God what a wild ride! There is a lot going on in this book. What’s up with Alisons affair? What’s really going on with her client? Who is stalking her?

This book had me from as soon as I started reading. The writing was excellent and kept me hooked the whole way through.

I did predict a couple of the twists but there was plenty of things I didn’t see coming. Like the ending!! 😱

This book is pretty gritty and a bit darker than I was expecting but I think it was an excellent debut novel and I can’t
Tan Markovic
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A very memorable thriller and one which surprised me.... Yay we have a winner 😁!!
Diana | Book of Secrets
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 libra ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
3.5 rounded down for this book that was well-written but not as suspenseful as I was hoping for!

I didn't dislike Alison as much as other readers. Yes, I wanted to shake her sometimes and make her realize a lot of things, but I saw an unhappy women with many flaws who seriously needed therapy...

Although there were some lenghts in the middle, I thought it could reach 4 stars, but the ending changed my mind. I don't want to spoil anything, but the "twist" was obvious really early. I thought somethi
Dannii Elle
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 d
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
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 fi
Lo O'Neill
I have a bookish pet peeve regarding the representation of women in thrillers which is that if they have a successful career (journalist, lawyer, detective etc.) then they will always fall into the trope of abusing alcohol because something about their life is unfulfilling. Same thing goes if their relationship is struggling/failed/non-existent, the first thing that they do is turn to alcohol. It really winds me up and I have to say that Blood Orange milked this annoying trope for all it is wort ...more
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This one starts to a weird ass sex-fruit-ropes-cutting scene. Raping a BDSM orange, are we? I'm gonna call Greepeace on your ass, buddy!
First, you light a cigarette, the smoke curling in on itself and up towards the ceiling. … Kneeling over the back of the sofa, you tie the rope onto the shelves…
Next, you wrap a silk scarf round the rope to soften it and pull at it once, twice, to make sure it’s secure. …
And the final cut, the orange you have laid out on a plate. You pick up the knife, a shar
Anna Luce
2.5 stars

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 personification 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 goofilyunpleasant.
While the elements of the story are standar
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Criminal barrister Alison Wood has just been given her first murder case where the accused seemed to have killed herself husband.
Just like the case itself, not everything seems so clear cut on the surface for Alison personal life.

On the outside she seems to have the perfect life with husband Carl and 6 year old daughter Tilly, but the reality shes hardly with her family.
Citing work as an excuess Alison is heavily drinking whilst having an affair with a college.

I really appreciate the two layers
Julie (JuJu)
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 coll ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 fan
Tracy Fenton
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 th
Kathryn in FL
Alison is a barrister in England handling her first murder case given to her by a more senior lawyer. He will guide her through the process giving her a great opportunity to handle more murder defenses in the future. Alison juggles a marriage to Carl, a therapist and mother's Matilda, though much of the parenting is truly handled by Carl in between patients that come to their home.

It all seems like an ideal arrangement until we see Carl's deep seated resentment toward Alison, who tends to stay l
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.
Bill Kupersmith
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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I 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 caree
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2019
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 G
I loved loved loved the surprise out of nowhere twist at the end.. shocking!!! Fabulous debut Ms. Tyce. 👍🏻👍🏻
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think I’m kinda done with these sorts of thrillers for a while now. They all feel very samey and predictable. I always rattle through them, more to find out if I’m right than because I care. They’re about as satisfying as a rice cake!!! 🙄
Lucy Williams
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Can see this being made into a film or a BBC drama any minute... While I’m a true crime/thriller obsessive when it comes to TV, cinema and podcasts, I don’t read many books in the vein of Gone Girl/Girl on a train. That being said, this did have me hooked. While not exactly ground-breaking in subject matter or its prose, I got totally sucked in by the tension and unnerving undertone to it. Feels weird calling this escapism when the subject matter is so dark at times, but it is the kind of page-t ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but it wasn't really everything I had hoped it would be. I had read articles referring to this book as a court room thriller which appealed to me but that's not really what I felt. A good thriller yes, but it didn't really push all my buttons. I was hooked from start to finish so obviously not a bad sign but on finishing it I still wanted more.

Alison is a successful criminal lawyer and although her marriage is falling apart her career is going really well and is offered her f
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