Blood Orange

Narrated by: Julie Teal
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An electrifying debut thriller for fans of Apple Tree Yard and Anatomy of a Scandal - introducing a stunning new voice in psychological suspense.

Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise - she's just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems....

Just one more night. Then I'll end it.

Alison drinks too much. She's neglecting her family. And she's having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

Alison's client doesn't deny that she stabbed her husband - she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I'm watching you. I know what you're doing.

But someone knows Alison's secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she's done, and who won't stop until she's lost everything....

©2019 Harriet Tyce (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Shocking, addictive, dark domestic noir." (Sarah Pinborough)

"Breathes new life into the domestic noir genre and grips until the final page." (Daily Express)

"What a twist at the end!." (Lisa Jewell)

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  • 28yrs
  • 03-16-19

The worst book I’ve read in months

This is not a thriller. It’s 6 hours of pathetic characters, followed by 1 hour of so-called twists which were completely predictable from the outset. Perhaps I misunderstood what this book would be about since it’s billed as a thriller. Waste of time.

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  • Janet biglari
  • 03-04-19

Superior Thriller well narrated

I thoroughly enjoyed this book it is very very clever and has a great twist. This is a complex story exploring the darker side of human nature and I so enjoyed this listen that I resented any interruptions ! and heard it all over one weekend. Both of the main characters are really well depicted and though hard to like in the beginning evolved into complex interesting characters. I can't wait for Harriet Tyce's next book.

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  • Dr Kate Richmond
  • 04-12-20

An OK book ruined by an annoying narrator

I much prefer to sit and read a book, but I rarely seem to get the time these days, so I listen to audiobooks whilst out walking etc. I really had to force myself to listen to this as the story was reasonably OK as long as you fight your compulsion to slap Alison, but the narrator’s voice, in particular her ‘Tilly’ voice made my ears bleed. I always look out for her name before I download any more books in case she pops up again.

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  • joanjava
  • 04-28-19

Disjointed story, lacking credible characters

Each plot twist required characters, including the main character, to undergo a complete personality transplant which made the story unsatisfying.

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  • Mrs
  • 03-07-19

Blood Orange

Kept me completely engrossed from beginning to end. Some thoroughly un-likeable characters but a good story, well read.

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  • Hannah hazzard
  • 04-28-20

Gets better

A little slow paced but the ending was unexpected. Keeps you on your toes and guessing throughout.

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  • Amazon user
  • 03-02-20

Meh!

The story was good, but the last few chapters seemed a little rushed. Books with a twist are great, but this one came out of nowhere with no build up then was done! I though I had missed something when it was over....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-18-19

Tedious and nasty

A tedious book full of dislikeable characters. Very disappointed after having read some good reviews.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-19

Couldn’t stop listening...

I found this absolutely gripping and put off listening to the end as I didn’t want it to stop!
The plot and some characters probably are unlikely but that just doesn’t matter. I loved it.

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  • Elaine
  • 09-29-19

Fabulous...couldn’t stop once I started

This is one of those books that grips you right from the beginning to the end and you won’t want to stop.

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  • Bonnie B
  • 05-07-19

A Psychological Thriller that Won't Disappoint

I grabbed Blood Orange on a whim - I thought the title was great, and it fell under the genre I like - I had heard no reviews, and had no clue what to expect.
Blood Orange was a solidly enjoyable novel. It didn't make me fall off my seat the way Girl on the Train did, however it certainly had me on edge more than once. This isn't to say it isn't worth reading - it certainly is!
The story itself, while perhaps a little vapid in its character development, is well-written and holds interest the entire way through. I always found myself looking forward to the next moment I could listen to a bit more.
The narration is excellent, though I found the child's voice a little annoying.

The major plot twist - which is really why we read these novels I think, is great. While by the end of it, the reader does have one suspect, the inherent details of the twist are completely shocking and well executed. The story is wrapped up well, does not leave any prominent questions unanswered, and closes on a comfortable note.

All in all, it's a great novel, thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre of novel!

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  • Sarah Hall
  • 03-27-19

A riveting listen!

Blood orange is a captivating read, I was reluctant to put it down! The characters are deeply flawed but there is something about them (bar one!) that makes you feel for them.

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  • Carol Welsh
  • 06-19-20

a great suspence

kept me guessing till the wicked twist at the end. Asks of us ...do we really know anyone??? Reccommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-20

what a cracker!

A very meaty tale! I kept imagining it as a tv series. The English do that so well as does the narrator. brilliant job!

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  • Anna
  • 08-07-19

Fantastic!!!

The main characters are absolutely horrible people! Alison is a horrible mother, could not stand her behaviour BUT the story is very gripping and really loved the ending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-19

Good story with one problem

Without trying to spoil any of the story, I have to say I really didn't like the protagonist being such a... I don't know... Victim. Everything that happens is done to her, almost nothing by her. Even and especially at the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-22-19

Plenty to like about this one

A good story if you like your characters flawed, like I do. The ending was close to predictable but not enough to spoil it. The narration was mostly good with the exception of the whiny child. This made me cringe every time. Should please anyone who likes psychological thrillers with everyday people.

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  • Christine
  • 06-21-19

Wow

I loved this book! Great story that kept me on the edge of my seat. Quite different and altogether engaging. Terrific narration too.

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  • Natalie
  • 06-05-19

Excellent!

This book kept me guessing right until the very end. Superbly performed by Julie Teal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-19

Could have been so much more...

Exceedingly annoying narration. No lightness or positivity to this sad tale, and the narration does nothing to ease the passage through it. If you weren't depressed before reading this, you will be once you begin...