Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
Release Date: February 21, 2019
My Rating: 🍪🍪🍪.5
I finished Blood Orange a couple of days ago and I’ve put off writing my review because I’m still not sure how I feel about it. This book definitely sucked me in. The story follows Alison as she is assigned her first murder trial to defend. Alison is clearly career driven and motivated by success in her job, but she struggles to balance her family life. The narrative opens on Alison during a night out after work, during which she gets blackout drunk, and expresses her infatuation with her coworker, Patrick, with whom she’s having a violent affair. She is woken up in her office the next morning by her young daughter Tilly, and her husband Carl.
Despite Alison’s abhorrent behavior, I still found myself siding with her over Carl, who seemed too good to be true. It was pretty clear to me from the beginning that he had some secrets that were going to come to light. The trial Alison is set to defend, is that of a woman who is accused of stabbing her husband to death. Alison speaks to the accused woman several times and learns about the abusive relationship she was entangled with, causing Alison to reevaluate parts of her own marriage.
Tyce has an incredible ability to describe vile situations with intense detail. There were so many scenes in this book that made me physically uncomfortable or disgusted. This isn’t a bad thing, it speaks to the author’s ability is a writer, but it took me a little longer to get through because I couldn’t stomach large amounts of the story at a time.
There are a lot of interwoven parts of Alison’s life that are incorporated into the narrative. Between her attempt to rebuild a relationship with her husband, who is appalled by her drinking, her obsession with staying in Patrick’s life, her love for her daughter, and her career goals, the book never got boring. I definitely had a sense of where parts of the book were going, but other sections, like Patrick’s arc, caught me completely off guard. Despite the darkness that permeates the pages of this story, Tyce kept me interested enough to see this book through to the end. I found the very ending a little random… it didn’t seem fully complete to me, and I’m not a huge fan of crime drama type stories in general, but that’s no reflection of this particular book. Overall, I would hesitate to recommend this book just because parts of it are so gruesome, but there are absolutely readers out there who would enjoy and appreciate it.
My Rating: 🍪🍪🍪.5
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