Today I have the pleasure of sharing my review for Clear my Name by Paula Daly as part of the blog tour and I’d like to thank Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours for the invite and the publishers for the ecopy.
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.
When I read the description for Clear my Name I instantly knew I was going to enjoy this book, I couldn’t wait to get caught up with my reading so I could get round to it and in the end I devoured it.
Carrie was convicted of killing her husband, Pete’s lover, Ella and is currently three years into a fifteen year prison sentence. Tess Gilroy works at Innocence UK, a charity set up to help people who have been wrongly convicted and when Carrie’s case is brought to their attention Tess agrees to look into it.
Tess has doubts though, not so much about the case but more the fact that the crime was committed in Morcombe where Tess is from and hasn’t been for a long time and she must return. What secrets is Tess hiding?
Clear my Name is a gripping read, it starts off slowly building up tension as it goes and I couldn’t stop turning the pages, even though sleep was calling. It’s one of those stories that really gets you thinking, trying to work things out as you read along and my mind was changed so many times throughout.
The characters were all very believable, whether they were likeable or not they all seemed quite real and it was easy to visualise them and their situations. I liked how the chapters changed from now to four years ago when Cassie was first arrested. It really mixed things up and gave you an idea of how she came to be convicted.
I really enjoyed following Tess and Avril as they tried to figure out whether Cassie was innocent or not, it was absolutely fascinating and I really liked getting know them as well. I would love to read more about Innocence UK, I think this would make a great series.
So if you’re looking for a story that will grip you from start to finish, with perfect pace and just utterly enjoyable then Clear my Name is the book for you and I can’t wait to read more from this author soon.
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