Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce (Kindle): I don’t normally read a thriller, but this one has left its mark on me. I thought about the ending in particular for a good few days after I’d finished reading it. I should point out that the story deals with murder, rough sex, allegations of rape, suicide and worse.
It’s not an easy read, by any stretch of the imagination, but Blood Orange is a gripping thriller with twists and turns galore. Straightaway we are plunged into a murky and somewhat questionable world. My immediate response was to flee. It was a novel that promised to be dark and I wasn’t sure I wanted that from a book at this point in time. I was looking for a light-hearted read, perhaps a romance (my reading of choice this past year). But it was too late. I was hooked from the first page. I had to know what was going to happen in this shocking crime thriller.
There’s a failing marriage, causing our sympathies to initially lie with the husband. There’s an affair and rough sex. The husband begins to reveal his true colours. There’s a high-profile murder case (our leading lady, Alison, is a criminal barrister) and we soon realise that there’s much more to it than we first thought.
I found the ending shocking and it left me feeling quite sick to my stomach. I was also left with one unanswered question: did Alison really win though?