I’m thrilled to welcome you today to the last day of the blog tour for suspense filled thriller Clear My Name by Paula Daly. Thank you to Emma Welton and Transworld Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.
About the book:
When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a jury, and when they sent her to prison.
Now she’s three years into a fifteen-year sentence, away from the daughter she loves and the life she had built. And she is still denying that she is to blame.
Tess Gilroy has devoted her life to righting wrongs. Through her job for Innocence UK, a charity which takes on alleged miscarriages of justice, she works tirelessly to uncover the truth.
But when she is asked to take Carrie’s case, Tess realises that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide…
We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.
About the author:
Paula Daly is the critically acclaimed author of six novels. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books have been developed for the new ITV television series, Deep Water, starring Anna Friel. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy.
Clear My Name by Paula Daly is a suspense filled, tense thriller full of the twists and turns I’ve come to expect from this author. It piqued my interest from the start, taking me on a gripping journey of intrigue that kept me guessing throughout.
Tess Gilroy has devoted her life to righting wrongs. In her job for Innocent UK, a charity which takes on alleged miscarriages of justice, she spends her days trying to uncover the truth. But when she is asked to take on the case of a woman convicted of killing her husband’s lover, Tess soon begins to realise that in order to help Carrie she may risk the exposure of secrets she has spent a lifetime trying to hide.
For Tess and new recruit Avril, this is a complex case and one of the most difficult Tess has ever worked on. Is Carrie innocent? The answer to this question is one I kept changing my mind about throughout the novel. Carrie certainly seemed to have plenty to hide. Trapped in a bad marriage, with a daughter she is overly protective of, she is a difficult character to read and not always a very likeable one. But is she capable of murder? And if it wasn’t Carrie who carried out the brutal murder, who was it?
I loved the character of Tess. A brittle, businesslike woman who keeps her cards very close to her chest, there is so much more to her than at first meets the eye. With the help of trainee Avril, who is a softer, easier to like character, Tess begins the fascinating job of trying to prove Carrie’s innocence. This was a part of the book I really enjoyed as it’s a process I knew very little about, with the evidence slowly pieced together by Tess until what we hope is the truth finally begins to emerge.
Clear My Name is a book that makes you think, with a murder mystery at its heart that keeps you on your toes throughout. It’s very much a character driven story, which is the kind of book I love, but is filled with the intrigue and suspense I’ve come to expect from Daly, the tension slowly increasing as you move towards the closing stages of the book.
Paula Daly has written yet another brilliant novel that I could easily see being made into a TV drama. The characters come to life on the page and the plot, although complex, is realistic and easy to understand.
A highly entertaining psychological thriller I would recommend.
Clear My Name by Paula Daly is available to buy now:
Published in hardcover and ebook by Bantam Press/Transworld Digital on 8th August 2019.
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