Sunday, 4 August 2019

Clear My Name by Paula Daly - Blog Tour Review


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.

My Review

I absolutely loved this book! While I was reading I just kept thinking this would make a brilliant TV series. Paula Daly has a superb and unique way of writing that had me flipping through the pages. It is that type of book where when you finish you give a big satisfied sigh.

I thought the premise of this book was excellent, I am really interested in miscarriages of justice. Tessa works for Innocence UK. It is her job to delve into supposed miscarriages of justice. I loved her personality, she is tough and direct. She is paired up with new member of the team, Avril.

They are presented with the case of a woman, Carrie, convicted of brutally murdering her husbands girlfriend. Carrie is adament she is innocent and somebody else committed the crime. It is down to Tessa and Avril to figure out if she is telling the truth.

The story goes back and forth between the present day, with Tessa's investigation and around the time of the murder. The events surrounding Carrie's arrest and conviction were written so well. Carrie's actions and thoughts at the time are explained and gave a special kind of insight into her frame of mind at the time. I changed my mind a few times about the truth of what happened, while reading.

As far as I am aware Clear My Name is going to be a standalone novel. Although, I would absolutely love to see it made into a series of books. Tessa is a superb and intriguing character with a lot of depth and history to her. I think it would be great if she featured in more stories with Avril. I think they make a great team.

Clear My Name is a fast-paced, twisty, turny, delight of a read. Paula Daly is an extremely talented writer and I now have to add her other work to my TBR pile. This is a book I highly recommend, you will not be disappointed!

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.

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