Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Clear My Name by Paula Daly. Huge thanks to Emma Welton for my spot on the tour.
About this 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.
I absolutely loved this standalone crime thriller from Paula Daly that’s set in the town of Morecambe. Now I’ve never been to Morecambe but I’m off to Morecambe and Vice next month and I recognised some of the places I plan to go to when there, including the Midland Hotel. So immediately I felt a sense of place that involved me in this storyline. And it looks like Tess has a personal connection to Morecambe too, but it may not be as obvious as you think! Now Tess isn’t the most likeable of women to begin with. She’s quite rude about and to Avril, her trainee, who is to shadow her on the latest miscarriage of justice case for Innocence UK. Tess has also developed relationships with others that were far more complicated than expected. But she’s pretty hot on the trail of the truth and if anyone can help prove that Carrie is innocent of the charges she has been imprisoned for, its Tess!
It’s never just about the “big reveal” for me but I do love it when I have no idea where the storyline is going. At one point I was convinced that I had taken all the clues and solved the crime but I was way off track. And it’s not just about the crime solving either as Tess and her personal backstory formed a very important part of the book as well. And after my initial dislike of her character, I became much more tolerant once things became clearer about her past and I ended up really liking her. She’s certainly someone I would like to meet again in future novels.
I thoroughly enjoyed Clear My Name. It’s an addictive read with dual viewpoints so that we were able to look back at what happened to Carrie when she was arrested for the murder of her husbands girlfriend. These flashbacks provided a snapshot of Carrie before her imprisonment through her relationships with her husband and her daughter and were therefore very revealing. It’s an uncomfortable read at times and I got rather very frustrated with the actions of some of the characters but that’s always the sign of a top notch read for me!
Paula Daly has delivered a compelling and topical storyline here and I bloody loved it from start to finish! If you’ve never read any of her books before then you are missing out! And make sure you check out the ITV drama Deep Water on this month which is based on Paula’s previous books set on Lake Windermere. I’m hoping that Clear My Name will also get the same small screen treatment in the future as it would make an absolutely brilliant as a tv drama!
Meet 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.