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Clear My Name

por Paula Daly

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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 realizes that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled for a lifetime to hide.… (mais)
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Immersive and impressive, this will be one book to keep you reading right through the night!

Innocence UK, a charity group of professionals who’s aim is to right the wrongs of the justice system, to fight for justice of those that have been falsely convicted and clear their names.

Carrie Kamara, found guilty of the murder of her husbands lover, sentenced to fifteen years who has always professed her innocence.

Tess Gilroy is the only paid member of staff at Innocence UK and with the help of new girl Avril they take on Carrie’s case who has now served four years of her fifteen year sentence. With all the evidence stacked against her and some holes in the prosecutions evidence the pendulum swings Tess’s belief of Carrie’s innocence backwards and forwards as she conducts her own investigation of what really happened that night and if Carrie is as innocent as she has always claimed to be. As she begins to dig into Carrie’s life her own life comes under scrutiny and her own past comes hurtling to the forefront and she has her own skeletons in the closet that want to make themselves known.

Packed full of secrets and lies, this is a thriller packed to the brim with twists and turns. Just when you think you have it all sussed out, something else comes along and smashes your theories to pieces. Can you tell the truth from the lies? This is an immensely immersive read, packed with some of the best characterisations I have read for some time now and is a real barn burner of a book.

Previous fans of her work will not be disappointed with this one, and I am positive that Clear My Name will only gain her an even bigger following.

Clear My Name will be published on 08 August 2019 and is available for preorder now. This is one book in 2019 that you really don’t want to miss! ( )
  DebTat2 | Oct 13, 2023 |
Tess works for The Innocence Network, which helps prisoners who are wrongly convicted of crimes. The latest case is Carrie, who is convicted of murdering her husband's mistress. The case is unusual because the organization never had to investigate a woman. Tess is also assigned a new trainee, Avril. They talk to several witnesses who knew Carrie, her pregnant daughter, and her ex-husband. As details emerge, Tess is unsure whether Carrie is guilty or innocent, in addition, Tess's personal life is also affected by the case.

I received this book from Edelweiss for an honest review. Clear my name is full of twists and surprises. I like the way the investigation took time to solve, interjecting detours in the story. I wasn't expecting the crime and Tess's past to have a connection. I had learned about the Innocence Project due to the Central Park Five. It is a different view of a murder mystery. The story focused only on Tess and Avril. The other characters you really don't know at all other than an appearance. The book should have explored Tess' life and emotions more, it felt she was monotone with everything in her life. I do recommend the book. ( )
  IsabellApril | Mar 28, 2020 |
I have always been a huge fan of Paula Daly's books so I was terribly excited when I heard that she had a new book coming out. I first came across Paula Daly when I read her second novel, Keep Your Friends Close, in 2015 and I was completely blown away. Since then I have been eager to read everything that Paula Daly writes so I definitely was not going to miss her sixth novel, Clear My Name. I also can't wait for the TV adaptation of Deep Water, based on Paula's books, starting in August on ITV. See! Her books are so good they have made them into TV dramas.

I don't think I've read a book like this, where there has been a murder and the guilty party is already in jail. Or is she guilty? Carrie professes her innocence but as we all know, the guilty nearly always say that they're innocent. This is where the charity Innocence UK and Tess Gilroy comes in as they take on Carrie's case to see whether there has been a miscarriage of justice. I really loved this storyline as I felt a bit like a super sleuth, examining all of the evidence that had been put before the court and resulted in Carrie's conviction. I always remind myself that there are two sides to every story but it's actually quite scary to think that a jury can be swayed by the way evidence is portrayed. It was very thought-provoking to consider how much juries are blinkered by DNA evidence at the scene without perhaps fully taking into account other conflicting evidence. It was also interesting to read how quickly science progresses; tests that were not available 5 years ago could now prove the innocence of someone wrongly convicted if their case went to appeal.

The whole murder investigation kept me riveted but the additional storyline of Tess Gilroy's mysterious past and her inability to get close to people felt like the cherry on the top. I loved how she was really miffed to be paired with a young trainee at the beginning but their relationship develops over the course of the book and you see a different side of Tess coming out. It was like her carefully built emotional brick wall was being slowly dismantled brick by brick and the real Tess would finally be revealed so she could stop running and hiding from her past.

I have to mention a fabulous acronym that Paula Daly invented that completely resonated with me. We've all heard of FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out, but Carrie describes herself as more of a WINJI - Wish I'd Never Joined In. I love that! That is so me and I'm definitely going to steal this one and use it to describe me as even though I rarely join in things, I always regret it when I do. I would never have thought that being called whingey would have amused me so much.

I could write so much more about this book; the amazing cast of characters and the intriguing storylines but ultimately all you need to know is that Clear My Name is brilliant. This intriguing and captivating crime thriller is a truly exceptional novel and is one that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend; I expect I shall be recommending it for a long time to come yet!

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. ( )
  Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
4.5 stars.

Clear My Name by Paula Daly is a clever mystery with a wonderfully unique premise.

Former probation officer Tess Gilroy is the chief investigator at Innocence UK. The charitable organization's latest case is trying to prove the innocence of convicted murderess Carrie Karma. In the face of blood evidence linking Carrie to the crime scene, Tess is initially skeptical she has been wrongly convicted. She and investigator trainee Avril Hughes begin re-interviewing witnesses and taking a second look at the evidence. Tess begins to believe Carrie is innocent, but will she overcome her reluctance to talk to the one person who might have information that could turn the case around?

Tess is in her mid-forties and lives a fairly solitary life moving from place to place. She has sharp instincts that she relies on during her investigations. Unhappy at being forced to return her hometown Morecambe, Tess attempts to keep her personal and professional lives separate. She is thrilled when they learn a new witness might provide them with new evidence that Carrie is innocent. But will her private demons prevent Tess from performing her professional duties?

Chapters from Carrie's perspective offer an insightful and intriguing glimpse of her life leading up to her arrest for murdering her husband's lover, Ella Muir. Carrie is very devoted to their daughter Mia who has trouble coping with stressful situations. Her marriage is strained and learning about Ella adds to her resentment against Pete. Carrie has proclaimed her innocence right from the start, but will Tess and Avril find evidence to back up her claim?

Clear My Name is a very compelling mystery that is fast-paced. Tess is a flawed but extremely likable lead protagonist. The storyline is multi-layered and quite riveting. Paula Daly brings this suspenseful mystery to a twist-filled, jaw-dropping conclusions. I very much enjoyed and highly recommend this absorbing novel. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Quick paced but still has depth of plot and characters
I really enjoyed this one ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
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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 realizes that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled for a lifetime to hide.

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