Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Clear My Name by Paula Daly and sharing my review today.
A big thank you to Emma at damppepples blog tours for the invite to join the tour and to the publisher for my lovely copy.
I’m also blog tour buddies with the fabulous Eva over at Novel Deelights
So do go check out her review too!
First things first let’s take a look at the description for the 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.
Published in hardcover and ebook by Bantam Press/Transworld Digital on 8th August 2019.
In Clear My Name we meet Tess who works for Innocence UK as they look into alleged miscarriages of justice. A new case brings her into contact with Carrie currently serving a prison sentence for the murder of her husband’s mistress. What follows is a twisty, secret filled story that pulled me in deep not only into Carrie’s life but also the past that Tess had found herself running away from.
I loved the premise for this story as Innocence UK look into the murder that Carrie has already served three years for. I felt as if I was right there with Tess as she manages the team along with newest member Avril. As they look into the evidence with a set of fresh eyes to see if justice has been served correctly. This aspect of the story was so interesting, I have to admit that at first I did think that moving from the past to the present was maybe happening a little too often. However pretty soon the story settled into a good pace and I was grateful for the information that I had already discovered in the earlier parts of the story. Paula Daly cleverly wove in all the little details and twists at perfect points to keep my interest at a high. I found myself invested not only in the story but the characters and I pretty much raced through the last part of the book reading as quick as I could.
There was something very moreish about Clear My Name especially the more I got to know the characters. Was it all so simple and just a case of innocent or guilty? Or was there much more to the case than I first assumed? To be honest I found myself going backwards and forwards on my opinion never quite making my mind up. The revelations not only about Carrie but also about Tess all added to an increasingly intriguing plot. I found Tess to be flawed but engaging too and I have to say I do have a soft spot for characters that aren’t 100% likeable.
Clear My Name has the power to work its way under your skin, making you question everything along with a tension filled ending that really made me sit up and take notice!
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.