Clear My Name by Paula Daly #damppebblesblogtours #review

I am delighted to welcome you to my review of Clear My Name by Paula Daly. My huge thanks to Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours for my copy of the book and for my spot on the tour.

And what a book it was…

Innocent?

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.

Guilty?

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.

Well this was such a tense and suspense filled read. Tess works for Innocence UK, a charity that chooses cases for those wrongly imprisoned. They re-open the case and try to seek justice. Carrie is one of the victims of wrongful imprisonment. She was convicted of killing her husbands mistress, a crime she has always proclaimed her innocence of…

This is set out over three timeline, Now, 4 years ago and also % years ago. Don’t worry the timelines are easy to follow. The Now is focused on the work Tess does, the evidence that will be collected for the appeal. 4 and 5 years ago deal with the period just before the crime and then of Carrie’s arrest and imprisonment.

Alongside the case there is another story line. It is the more personal story of Tess herself. She is an enigma of a character and doesn’t let much escape. She is constantly moving address and the why is something that is gradually revealed.

These two story lines sort of compliment each other and work well. Tess has things she wants to remain hidden. Where as Carrie has to let all her secrets out, but does she, is she holding things back.

The story has a really good pace, not overly fast but none the less I still flew through it. It is what I call a quieter read and by that I mean it is not full of action at every turn. Instead it is well laid out and had a feeling of being quite methodical and this seemed to mirror the way Tess would work gathering evidence.

Even though questions were being answered from the characters in the story, I still had a quiet unease, doubts if you like. Was everything I was being fed, truthful! I like this dramatic sense of tension, it adds suspense to quieter stories and a wonderful sense of atmosphere. By the end I had finally had all answered, though I did feel it wrapped up a little quick, or maybe I didn’t want it to end!

A thoroughly enjoyable read that had drama, human interest, tension and suspense. This is the first book I have read by this author and is a wonderful place to start, I am looking forward to reading her previous books.

It is one I would definitely recommend.

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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