Today I am excited to join the blog tour for Paula Daly's latest thriller, Clear My Name!
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.
I've read a number of Paula Daly's books and was excited for the chance to join the book tour for Clear My Name. Daly's books tend to focus on ordinary people, confronted with extraordinary - usually disturbing - circumstances that throw their world into disarray. Her characters are very real and this makes the stories all the more engaging and unsettling, because you inevitably contemplate how you might handle such a situation.
Clear My Name was a little different, because there is the question of whether or not someone is guilty of a serious crime. The story centers around Carrie, accused or murder, and Tess, a woman who runs a charity focusing on wrongful convictions.
The many holes in the story surrounding Carrie's guilt lead Tess to question what the truth is and determined to uncover it. The story isn't as fast paced as I expected, but there is a perpetual atmosphere of tension that continues to steadily build right until the end.
I found this to be an engaging book by an author whose work I am always excited to read. I would recommend Clear My Name to fans of clever plotting, strong characters and gripping psychological thrillers!
Thanks to Emma Welton and Bantam Press for a copy of Clear My Name in exchange for an honest review!
Publication Date: 8th August 2019
About Paula Daly:
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.