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SKU B2D3062 ISBN: 9781472252746
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Blood Orange is a psychological thriller novel by Harriet Tyce, published in 2019. The novel follows the story of Alison, a successful barrister in London who appears to have it all - a high-profile job, a loving husband, and a beautiful daughter. However, beneath the surface, Alison is struggling with alcoholism, infidelity, and a complicated past. When she takes on a new case defending a woman accused of murdering her husband, Alison's carefully constructed life begins to unravel in unexpected and terrifying ways.

Psychological thriller books are a subgenre of crime fiction that focuses on the inner workings of the human mind and the motivations that drive people to commit heinous acts. These books often explore themes of fear, paranoia, and obsession and are characterized by their gripping plots, complex characters, and expert pacing. Psychological thrillers typically feature unreliable narrators, unexpected plot twists, and intense psychological tension, making them a favourite among readers who enjoy being kept on the edge of their seats. 

The novel is a gripping and suspenseful exploration of the dark side of human nature, with themes of addiction, betrayal, and obsession. Tyce's writing is sharp and evocative, drawing the reader in with vivid descriptions of London's legal and social scene, as well as Alison's own troubled psyche. The book is a masterclass in pacing and tension, with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end.

One of the standout features of Blood Orange is its protagonist, Alison. She is a complex and flawed character with a sharp mind and a sharp tongue, and the reader is immediately drawn into her world. Tyce does an excellent job of exploring Alison's inner turmoil as she grapples with her addiction, her crumbling marriage, and her growing obsession with her client. Despite her many flaws, Alison remains a sympathetic and compelling character, and the reader can't help but root for her even as she makes increasingly questionable decisions.

The supporting characters in Blood Orange are equally well-drawn, with each one adding to the overall sense of unease and tension. Alison's husband, Paul, is a particularly interesting character as he struggles to come to terms with Alison's infidelity and her increasing distance from him. Tyce also introduces several other key players in the legal case that Alison is working on, each one adding a layer of intrigue and complexity to the story.

The legal case at the heart of the novel is another standout feature. Tyce is a former barrister herself, and her expertise and insider knowledge shines through in the way she portrays the intricacies of the legal system. The case is gripping and suspenseful, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, and the ultimate resolution is both satisfying and unexpected.

Another strength of Blood Orange is its exploration of addiction and mental health. Tyce doesn't shy away from the darker aspects of Alison's alcoholism, and the book is an unflinching portrayal of the devastating impact that addiction can have on a person's life. Tyce also explores the way that trauma and past experiences can shape a person's behaviour, and the book is a powerful reminder of the importance of seeking help and support when struggling with mental health issues.

Overall, Blood Orange is a gripping and compelling novel that will appeal to fans of psychological thrillers and legal dramas alike. With its complex and flawed characters, sharp writing, and expert pacing, it is a masterclass in suspenseful storytelling. Harriet Tyce has firmly established herself as a major talent in the world of crime fiction, and Blood Orange is a must-read for anyone who loves a good mystery.

About the Author:

Harriet Tyce is an English author and former barrister, born in 1972 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She grew up in England and studied English Literature at Oxford University before pursuing a career in law. Tyce practised as a criminal barrister for several years, working on a wide range of cases, including murder, fraud, and terrorism.

In 2016, Tyce decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing and enrolled in a Master of Creative Writing program at the University of East Anglia. Her debut novel, Blood Orange, was published in 2019 to critical acclaim, earning comparisons to Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins for its gripping plot, complex characters, and expert pacing. The book was a bestseller and has been translated into several languages, including French, Spanish, and German.

Tyce's second novel, The Lies You Told, was published in 2020 and was similarly well-received. The book is a psychological thriller that explores the dark secrets and lies that can tear families apart. It follows the story of a woman who is forced to confront the truth about her husband and their past when their daughter is accused of bullying at school.

Tyce's writing is characterized by its razor-sharp prose and its unflinching exploration of the darker aspects of human nature. She is known for her ability to create complex and flawed characters that are both relatable and compelling and for her skill at building tension and suspense throughout her novels.

In addition to her work as an author, Tyce is a mentor and coach for aspiring writers. She is passionate about supporting new talent and helping them to develop their craft and has worked with several emerging authors to help them hone their skills and achieve their goals.

Tyce is also a mother of two and a keen runner, and she has spoken about the importance of finding a work-life balance while pursuing a creative career. She has emphasized the value of perseverance and hard work in achieving success and has encouraged aspiring writers to embrace their unique voices and tell their own stories.

Overall, Harriet Tyce is a talented and versatile writer with a keen eye for detail and a gift for storytelling. Her books are gripping, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, and she has quickly established herself as a major force in the world of crime fiction. With several successful books under her belt and many more to come, she is sure to continue captivating readers for years to come.


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