AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce #BookReview


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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Audio

Release Date: February 19, 2019

Genre: Thriller / Adult Fiction


Goodreads Blurb:

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….

My Thoughts:

Blood Orange is a debut from Harriet Tyce and while it definitely kept me engaged, I didn’t enjoy it near as much as I was hoping to.

Once again I seem to be the odd man out. I loved the concept of Blood Orange and the way it blends a domestic drama with a legal thriller, but I just could not get past my dislike of Alison. She’s whiny, irresponsible, she drinks too much, and it really bothered me that she wouldn’t stand up to her husband. I know a lot of people found her relatable, but I just found her irritating.

I almost ended up quitting because of Allison but decided to keep going in the hopes the end would redeem the book for me and I’m glad I did. The end was very shocking, and I didn’t see it coming at all. There was even a twist with her murder case that was a nice addition. Blood Orange is definitely not a happy book, but I thought it was well done and paced well enough that it keeps you reading. I listened to the audio and maybe that’s why I disliked Allison as much as I did. The narrator, Julie Teal, was SO good and made Allison and her choices and pain seem even more real.

Almost everyone loved this book so I would definitely still recommend it! I wish I would have enjoyed it more, but the end was good, and the legal aspect really kept me going. Blood Orange may not be a perfect fit for me, but it might be for you!

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

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