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Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce [Book Review]

Blood Orange will take you on a twisted journey through one woman’s affair, and another’s murder.

Alison’s life is picture-perfect, brilliant husband and an adorable daughter, but she’s hiding a secret that would tear her family apart.

Having an affair with a colleague, family life, and work-life are weighing heavily on Alison’s mind and she has just landed her first big murder case at work to add to that pressure.

She knows something is wrong with her client’s admission of guilt towards killing her husband, and she plans to get to the bottom of it.

However, someone knows Alison’s dirty little secret and wants her to pay for the destruction she’s causing to her family.

Will she be able to find out the truth about her client’s story? Who is threatening to ruin her filthy affair and her family?


Review

Blood Orange was one of the most hyped books on Amazon and Goodreads when I initially came across it. Seeing all these amazing reviews convinced me that I should read it. However, my review will not follow the hype. Let me explain why I didn’t enjoy Blood Orange.

Firstly, I hated all the characters. Alison was awful, she’s a cheat, liar, and for the longest time doesn’t give two sh*ts about her own daughter. The affair is so insufferable to read about that it became infuriating. It got to the point where I was wanting her to be caught. Then there’s the colleague, Patrick, sleaze-bag central, power-hungry, and totally gross. My skin was crawling any time I read anything about him. The husband, Carl, also annoying and a piece of sh*t too. There was no real redemption for any of these characters in my opinion. Boring, gross, sleaze-bags (well, Alison and Patrick at least) and they couldn’t make me enjoy this story.

I’m aware this is coming across as some sort of scathing review, but it’s not completely. Were there any issues with this book? Yes, many. Did I hate it? No. I managed to finish it so it can’t have been that terrible. In fact, the ending saved this book where the beginning and middle let it down. Everything felt like it dragged on for at least 200 pages, and then suddenly everything happened at once. There were plot-holes galore. The murder was the main reason I kept reading this book.

While the book was easy to read, it’s hard to say whether it was enjoyable or not. I feel like it deserves a 3/5 because of the ending alone. I really needed more from the characters, so much more. There were so many vaguely answered questions at the end, but as a reader, I felt I deserved better explanations for why each character did what they did. All readers of the book deserved better explanations, in my opinion. Alison’s speculations weren’t enough for me to fully understand what was going on.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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