Blood Orange

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Hi Everyone 🙂 Welcome to my first book review, where I will discuss my thoughts on Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce.

Okay, let us just take a moment to appreciate how eye-catching and captivating this book cover is with its bright orange & deep tones of red, mixed amongst each other. When I saw this book sitting in the bookstore I could not walk past without a glance at the blurb, the colours drew me in and I had all sorts of thoughts about what this book could entail: the words on the front cover to describe the book with the sharp punchy three sentences coupled with the orange/red colour scheme indicates a connotation of thrill, passion, and fire.


The story is based on a woman who appears to have it all on the surface, a devoted husband and a beautiful healthy child, her career is soaring and does not appear to be landing anytime soon, she has been given her first murder case to defend and is overjoyed. Her success comes at a price, the price being the “happy” dynamics of her family life being sacrificed so that she can continue her sordid, toxic yet passionate affair with her colleague by whom she has become completely captivated by.


At the beginning of the book, the main character Alison appears to be a reckless mess behind closed doors, the fact that she has a “put-together” job being a defence lawyer I expected her behaviour and attitude to match the job description, however, if she had appeared to be “put together” we would not have a story to read. Harriet Tyce captivates readers by showing the two sides of Alison – the workaholic, alcoholic with a sexual appetite for secret passion with her co-worker whilst also showing the side where she goes home to her long-suffering husband who has taken care of the house and their young daughter. I found it difficult to feel any sort of empathy or compassion for Alison at the start of the book, she appeared selfish and I could feel the rage build up inside me whenever she would not turn up to school events for young Tilly or simply be there for her family.

This book really is a case of “don’t judge a book by its cover” just because you have certain information in front of you does not mean it is the correct information. I think Alison is a great judge of character for other people but not when it comes to herself which can be said for the majority of people in the world when it’s not our flaws being publicised but it’s other people’s flaws around us, she is a great judge of character when it comes to her murder case as she has a gut feeling about her client that does not add up and she is determined to prove this notion. The author cleverly shows the parallels in Alison’s life alongside her clients and it becomes clear that Alison is more switched on than we first realised.

It is so hard to review this book without giving away spoilers as it is really full of excitement and curve balls thrown the readers way, you must be prepared for an almighty sucker-punch as I am still recovering from mine.

The overall writing of the debut novel really does show Harriet Tyce as a fantastic suspense builder and a great story-teller. I felt as if she really brought her characters to life and I even sat thinking this could be turned into a movie or a TV series…BBC please take notes! I sat thinking about who could play Alison and give the character some life and justice to the role. I would say the fact that I started off disliking Alison’s character at the beginning conveys the author’s intention of building the character in a negative light to and I would say it is a job very well done indeed.

Overall I enjoyed this story as a whole, it was a fantastic easy read and I relished the challenge of trying to suss out what would happen, of course, I was tricked and was hit with so many twists and turns, the only word that I can use to describe the book was “unputdownable”.

I would give Blood Orange a rating of : 4 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, folks, that is my first review done and I have enjoyed giving my opinion of the book, hopefully, it will have swayed some readers to give it a try! 🙂

I am going to move on to a new book based on the suggestion from Blood Orange’s front cover – Number One bestseller Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard.

See you then for a book review catch up, until then Thank you, and Stay Safe!

Lots of Love,

Emma Ashley