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Clear My Name

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,130 ratings  ·  336 reviews
'Emotional, twisty and a joy to read. It deserves to be a huge bestseller.' Mark Edwards

'Loved it - twisty, turny and as brilliant as ever!' Jill Mansell

‘The UK’s answer to Liane Moriarty. Amazing.’ Claire McGowan


When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a j
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Bantam Press
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Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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3.75 stars

Intriguing Game of Cat and Mouse

A psychological thriller about a woman accused of killing her husband’s mistress.

Clear My Name has a fascinating premise. Former parole officer, Tess, now runs a charity called Innocence UK that helps wrongly convicted criminals reverse their sentences and ultimately clear their names. She takes on the case of Carrie, who has served four years for killing her husband’s mistress. The evidence against Carrie is damning, but many holes leave Tess que
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Carrie has been accused, charged, and imprisoned for the murder of her husbands mistress. She has maintained her innocence the entire time. Now, 4yrs into her sentence, and she may have just caught a break.

In walks Tess Gilroy. She works for a charity called Innocence UK where they try to overturn guilty verdicts on people that have been wrongly convicted. The problem is that this case is going to take her back to a past that she has been actively running away from. The more closely she looks i
Elyse Walters
Paula Daly has a distinctive style. I’ve read all her books. Each one has held my interest. I’m a huge fan!!!
Once again, Paula demonstrates that she is a storyteller of unique eye-opening gifts.
Fascinating on many levels...there are scenes in this novel that had me reflecting about the choices we make - and how they impact those around us.

Her characters are not extraordinary heroics ...rather they tend to be ordinary & deceptive...trying to conceal their true natures of their solitary minds.

Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read and loved several of Paula Daly’s other books, whenever she has a new one I cannot wait to get my hands on it!!

Tess Gilroy works for the charity Innocence UK, an organisation that works at overturning wrongful convictions.

Tess’s new case is Carrie Kanara who is married to Pete and they have a daughter Mia. Carrie has served three years in prison for killing her husband’s lover Ella, who was repeatedly stabbed. There are now doubts of Carrie’s conviction.

Tess and her new employee Avr
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thanks to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

Did you hear? For 2.5 hours today, the Earth stopped moving and it's all Paula Daly's fault. What promises to be an instant bestseller, Clear My Name focuses on Innocence UK employee, Tess Gilroy, and her team's efforts to prove that mother and grandmother, Carrie Kamera was wrongly convicted. As the narrative switches between Tess and Carrie, it's anyone's guess as to how the story will end.

I was com
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Paula Daly writes in her own unique style and her way of writing ( in previous books ) can make the most mundane of things and the most ‘normal’ of human behaviour fascinating,she also adds almost random descriptive sentences into a paragraph that whilst have nothing to do with the story are a part of whats happening in the ‘environment’ we are in ( as readers ) and enhance the story and bring something very special to the skill of writing, this continues in this book
And what a book!
Tess works f
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clear My Name by Paula Daly was a thriller that I did not want to put down.
Tess who works as an investigator for a charity called Innocence UK, helps people who claim that they have been wrongfully convicted of a crime.
She is investigating a case where a woman was convicted of killing her husbands mistress. Tess believes that the woman is innocent and is looking for evidence to prove her case.
There was plenty of twist and surprises to keep me reading.
Tess was an interesting character. I really
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping, intense, and tricky!

In this latest novel by Daly, Clear My Name, Tess Gilroy chief investigator for Innocence UK heads back to her hometown of Morecambe, England where she finds herself not only investigating the possible wrongful conviction of Carrie Kamara in the stabbing of her husband’s mistress but also having to confront her own past that’s littered with secrets and heartbreak.

The prose is tight and direct. The characters are meticulous, troubled, and multilayered. And the plot i
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one heck of a ride, a brilliant book by author Paula Daly. Life is not fair, and miscarriage of justice occurs.

When Tess from InnocenceUK took up Carrie's case who was languishing in prison, three years into her fifteen, events from both their lives come to light. Carrie had been convicted for killing her husband's lover. The entire book was the unfolding of clues and witnesses previously in hiding.

Paula Daly is one of my favorite authors, and this book proved me right again. There wa
Liz Barnsley
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I banged through Clear My Name in record time even for me, I just couldn’t stop reading it once started so it’s a good job I had a day off.

This is another tense page turner from Paula Daly who has an intuitive eye for character and setting, always keeping things unexpected and plotting everything perfectly to suck you in then spit you out the other side slightly dazed looking.

I am a fan of stories featuring possibly innocent inmates and this one was beautifully done, with lots of nuance and exce
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
(3.5 rounded up.) My favorite Paula Daly book yet!! Certain aspects were kind of (extremely) far fetched.. but the story was good so I just relaxed & enjoyed the ride. Great ending too! Would recommend for someone looking for an easy, fun read.. (is it bad to call these thrillers “fun?”🤔) You know what I mean though.. Perhaps not 1 you’ll always remember, but totally enjoyable!
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
What do you think is worse: a) someone getting away with a crime they have committed, or b) someone getting wrongfully convicted for a crime they didn’t commit? According to Paula Daly, the answer a majority of the public voted for, was b. Yes, there are few things scarier than living out your days in jail when you are completely innocent, a hapless victim of a shoddy investigation and the justice system, framed for murder, unjustly convicted by a jury of 12 who were eager to get back to their o ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. It was a simple and easy read and was thoroughly enjoyable. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters but that didn’t change the book for me. It keeps you guessing and throughout and it had me hooked. I can’t wait to read more from this author and I definitely recommend this book.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carrie has always denied that she brutally murdered her husband's lover Ella. She denied it when they arrested her,when they put her in front of a jury,and when they sent her to prison.

She is now three years into a fifteen year sentence and she is still insisting that she is innocent.

Then suddenly Carrie is given hope when her case is taken on by Innocence UK,a charity that takes on alleged miscarriages of justice.

Tess Gilroy is asked to take on Carrie's case but as Tess digs deeper,she begins t
Sharon Metcalf
Clear My Name by Paula Daly is at it's heart exactly as the title suggests.  It's an effort by one woman to clear the name of another.   Beneath this, not too far from the surface, it's an exploration of mother-daughter relationships and the lengths mothers will go to in order to protect their children.

Tess Gilroy is paid to lead a team of volunteer experts at the charity Innocence UK where they are tasked with overturning wrongful convictions.  Tess and her team have begun investigating the cas
Sep 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 8, 2019

Carrie had been convicted for killing her husband’s lover. Now she’s three years into her fifteen-year sentence, gradually losing hope and separated from her pregnant daughter, but she is still maintaining her innocence.
Tess and Avril from InnocenceUK takes up Carrie’s case. Can they overturn wrongful conviction when all the evidences was against Carrie? Or was the police more interested in closing the case and convicting
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, thriller
You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews

Clear my Name was Crime Thriller, a suspenseful novel that revolved around Tess and Carrie. Carrie spending her 4th year in prison convicted of murder and Tess trying to clear her name. It was about mother-daughter relationship, betrayal, imperfections of human beings, guilt, lies, mistakes made in life, and suffering and turmoil of being alone, away from loved ones.

Tess was as permanent employee of Innocence UK who investigated cases
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carrie has been found guilty of murdering her husband’s mistress and is currently three years into a fifteen year sentence. But Carrie has always maintained her innocence. Now her case has come to the attention of Innocence UK, a charity that devotes itself to putting right alleged miscarriages of justice. When Tess is asked to take on Carrie’s case, she realises she may need to face up to things she’s kept hidden for years.

Right from the start, I was hooked on the intriguing premises of Clear M
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Clear My Name is a fantastic read, mixing excellent writing with an intriguing premise. I absolutely loved the plot - a woman called Carrie is in prison for murdering her ex-husband's lover, and the charity Innocence UK begin to investigate to see whether Carrie is actuall innocent, having served four years of her prison sentence already. I love books that look at older cases, or investigate potential miscarriages of justice, and this ticked all the boxes.

Jenny (Reading Envy)
Tess works for Innocence UK, investigating cases to try to help people who may have been wrongfully convicted. She ends up working on a case where a woman has been accused of killing her husband's lover based on DNA evidence, camera footage, and an eyewitness. It's fairly interesting to see her reexamine some of the evidence.

At the same time, she is training an inexperienced woman to do the same work as the demand for her services increases, and there is an underlying reason she keeps a low prof
Joanne Robertson
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this standalone crime thriller from Paula Daly that’s set in the town of Morecambe. Now I’ve never been to Morecambe but I’m off to Morecambe and Vice next month and I recognised some of the places I plan to go to when there, including the Midland Hotel. So immediately I felt a sense of place that involved me in this storyline. And it looks like Tess has a personal connection to Morecambe too, but it may not be as obvious as you think! Now Tess isn’t the most likeable of women ...more
Adele Shea
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had my emotions everywhere. What a storyline!!
Clear My Name is the first book I've read by this author, and I went into it with an open mind since the premise was intriguing.

Tess is an investigator for a non-profit who helps people who may have been wrongly convicted of a crime.

Her next case features a woman in prison for brutally murdering her husband's lover, and the similarities to her personal life has Tess reeling from past mistakes.

I had a hard time getting into the story mostly because Tess was such a downer.

She is portrayed as
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seriously could not put down this latest offering from Paula Daly - I've enjoyed all that I have read so far and was intrigued to see the TV series Deep Water, which was a combination of two of her earlier books.
In this one, Tess works for a charity organisation which takes on cases where they consider there has been a wrongful conviction, seeking release on appeal. Tess is the only paid employee of the charity so is dismayed when she finds that a young woman has also been employed to shadow he
Richelle Robinson
This was my first time reading this author and it wasn’t a bad read but I didn’t love the book either. I found the characters to be bland and one dimensional except for Avril. I like Tess but she was hard to connect to as I read the story and if I can’t connect to the characters and/or story it doesn’t make for an enjoyable read for me. I liked that there was a point of view from the killer but I wanted more from the night in question. For a thriller this story was a little on the dull side. The ...more
Karen R
In Tess’s work for the non-profit organization Innocence UK, she is tasked to take a fresh look at evidence from a 3-year old murder case and work to overturn the conviction.

A decent read that compelled me to finish but midway, the odd, repetitive behaviors of Tess became irritating, especially related to her interrelationships. Avril Hughes’ character piqued my interest early on and I expected her to play an integral role shadowing Tess as the ‘wise beyond her years’ practical new kid, the yin
Kelly Van Damme
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge fan of Paula Daly’s, her thrillers are always not just entertaining but also so very clever, somehow she always throws a little something into the mix that I don’t see coming and Clear My Name is no exception.

Clear My Name tells the story of Tess, the only fulltime employee of Innocence UK, which is a charity organisation that has managed to get quite a few prisoners acquitted. They revisit evidence, consider new evidence, try to find new witnesses, they go above and beyond to prove m
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a brilliant book this is and a real unputdownable read. The writing is superb and the characters are all so well crafted and believable and I really hope this won’t be the last we see of the team especially Tess. The storyline was unpredictable and had a brilliant twist at the end and I really feel Paula Daly put her heart and soul into the writing and it showed because this was much more that just another mystery thriller.
It’s hard to say much about the plot as it would spoil the read so
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I could tell immediately that this book was going to be right up my street. A tough female protagonist and a possible miscarriage of justice to be investigated? Yes please!

Tess Gilroy works for Innocence UK, which looks into the cases of people who may be wrongfully imprisoned. Carrie Kamara was convicted of murdering her husband’s lover, but the evidence is not all clear cut. I was unsure till the end, as is Tess really, whether Carrie was guilty or not - there are signs pointing in either dire
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read Clear My Name in a day, between toddler naps, my to do list and the school run. The writing is so engaging, it will draw you in to the razor sharp, taut and fantastically researched setting that is the life of Tess and the Innocence UK charity. Tess has worked as a case co-ordinator and examiner of cases that cross the Innocence UK desk for nine years, in all that time, she has never seen a female case picked up. That is about to change. Carrie has been imprisoned for murdering her husban ...more
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Paula Daly is the acclaimed author of six novels. Her work has been sold in sixteen countries, shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger award, and developed for the ITV drama, DEEP WATER, starring Anna Friel. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her family.

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