It Ends at Midnight by Harriet Tyce

It’s New Year’s Eve and the stage is set for a lavish party in one of Edinburgh’s best postcodes. It’s a moment for old friends to set the past to rights – and move on.

The night sky is alive with fireworks and the champagne is flowing. But the celebration fails to materialise.

Because someone at this party is going to die tonight.

Midnight approaches and the countdown begins – but it seems one of the guests doesn’t want a resolution.

They want revenge.

Having loved Blood Orange but not enjoying Harriet Tyce’s second book quite as much, I was looking forward to It Ends at Midnight. And I have to say that it’s my favourite book of hers so far! I just couldn’t put it down! A toxic tale of friendship, jealousy and mistrust, it kept me guessing throughout the shocking and dramatic narrative.
Sylvie and Tess have been friends since their schooldays in Edinburgh but straight away I wondered why they still kept up with a friendship that was full of toxicity and lies! When Tess tells Sylvie she wants to renew her marriage vows back in Edinburgh as she’s discovered she’s ill, the stage is set for someone to die and we know from the start that a very grisly discovery is made just after midnight on New Years Eve….
I loved the duel timeline here that flashed back to the women during their last few months of school. There are some disturbing scenes that made me feel very uncomfortable mainly because of how realistically relationships are described. It was utterly chilling in places during those flashbacks and I even began to dread them, scared to see how much further things went and how they related to the events on New Years Eve.
It Ends at Midnight has to be one of the best books I’ve read this year so far. A compelling read full of unlikable characters and unreliable narrators-5 stars all the way!

Harriet Tyce grew up in Edinburgh and studied English at Oxford University before doing a law conversion course at City University. She practised as a criminal barrister in London for nearly a decade, and subsequently completed an MA in Creative Writing – Crime Fiction at the University of East Anglia. She lives in north London. Her first novel, Blood Orange, published in 2019 to huge critical acclaim and her second novel, The Lies You Told, published in summer 2020. It Ends at Midnight is her third novel.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

4 thoughts on “It Ends at Midnight by Harriet Tyce”

  1. Great review, it might be a bit much for me at the moment but it did remind me that I’ve got Blood Oranges sat on my kindle pile


  2. Did you see Harriet’s Twitter last week on publication day? There were amazing photos of the book title beamed onto the Balmoral clock tower on Princes Street!

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