REVIEW: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Blood Orange

Published February 19, 2019 by Grand Central Publishing


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 her family. Her excuse is that she’s working hard to support her family. But after a night of partying with some co-workers and passing out in her office, we see that Alison is more than a bit out of control.

Alison is a criminal defense lawyer and she’s just been given her first big case. A woman is accused of murdering her husband. The woman doesn’t deny she killed her husband and thinks she should go to jail. But Alison feels like there is so much more to the story.

Then Alison finds out that someone knows what she’s been doing and that someone wants her to pay.

Not everything is quite as it seems in “Blood Orange”

It did take me a little while to get into this story. However, after a slow start, I became absorbed in Alison’s wild private life and the murder case she was trying. I thought the characters were fairly well-developed, flaws and all. Alison wasn’t the most likable character and I cringed at her self-destructive behavior, but in many ways, she was still relatable. I eventually found myself rooting for her.

Overall, I enjoyed this dark and gritty audiobook. The narration was good and although I did guess a few things before they were revealed, the twisted and intense ending had me on edge and was a complete surprise.

“Blood Orange” was a clever and compelling debut novel about betrayal, control, addiction, and obsession.

I’m curious to see what Harriet Tyce has in store for readers next!

15 thoughts on “REVIEW: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

  1. This sounds like a wonderful debut book. I have been reading a lot of books with flawed characters later and do like to find something redeemable about them. I thought I had this book, but apparently I don’t. I will have to see if the library has this one.

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