Multiple story lines converge in this London thriller. Criminal lawyer, wife and adultress, Alison has a rising career, faithful husband, and adorable daughter and yet can barely keep juggling her out-of-control drinking and lover without her life falling apart. Opening with a drunken scene revealing Alison’s illicit life of drinking and furtive coupling with her lover, Blood Orange introduces Alison’s latest coup- her first murder case. While her husband, Carl, seems almost too good to be true, Alison’s choices seem bound to catch her up in the end. Patrick, her secret lover, treats her badly and is also an attorney assigned to the murder case. As the threads of each story line begin to merge, we learn that although Alison is making bad decisions there are others choosing far worse options that will lead to permanent consequences.
A formidable debut.