The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friendsonce inseparable roommateshavent spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucyalways fearless and independenthelps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Aliceshe feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alices husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a booka debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless....
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So two things. Firstly I would give this three and a half stars. Secondly it’s my fault it too me a while to read (getting married, leaving my job etc) not the books. Anyway... If the word has existed in the 50s/60s/70s then Alice and Lucy would have been frenemies. Two girls who started as friends at college before something dark and disturbing happened between them. Years later Lucy arrives on Alice’s doorstep in Tangier and a game of friend or foe begins again. Overall it’s an enjoyable twist ...more
What is it about obsessive friendships between women that are so appealing to read about? I’m always drawn to books that feature this type of female-frenemy-relationship. I think there is so much more that can be added to the plot than just the usual he/she torrid love/hate affair that dominate this genre’s selections.
Tangerine is truly my idea of a dreamy, escapist novel. It is first and foremost a character analysis of two women that meet at a high-brow East Coast university as room ...more
For me, probably 3.5 stars for the writing/story and 4 to 4.5 stars for the setting and the black & white feel of a Casablanca-ish mystery. It does move fairly slowly, however most of the plot is in character details and thoughts so it fits I think. I don't read too many mysteries but if you like the style of Hitchcock, Casablanca, Charade, etc (less action, more handwringing and mindgames) this is worth checking out.
Audio book narrators were well chosen as well!
I read Tangerine in its entirety in one evening. I predict this is going to be a popular beach read this summer. It's perfect for that gulp-it-down-in-one type of reading that seems to lend itself to lazy holidays, and its major strength is Mangan's ability to evoke both the romance of an exotic setting and the feeling of being a stranger in such a place.
It's 1956 and recently-married Alice is living in Tangier, Morocco, where her husband John works. John adores the city and is thriving there, b ...more
Severely underbaked. There is nothing substantive about Christine Mangan's debut novel Tangerine. The two protagonists who recount the story in alternating chapters--authors, please stop with the indistinguishable dual POVs!--are ghosts of far more fascinating characters found in a Daphne du Maurier or Shirley Jackson novel. Described by Mangan, her setting of Tangier is less exotic port city perched on the Strait of Gibraltar and more movie set on a second-rate studio's Hollywood lot. And the p ...more
I can’t get into this. I’ve tried the audio and the book. Moving on...
Set largely in 1950’s Morocco, this book introduces us to two girls who first meet at an exclusive American finishing school. Something happens there, something bad, but we’ll not find out exactly what for some time. Alice is from England and having lost her parents early she is shipped off to Bennington College, in Vermont, by her guardian aunt. There she meets an American girl, Lucy. The two are to become inseparable roommates. Until the accident, that is.
But all this is captured in flashback ...more
Tangerine by Christine Mangan was a thriller set in Tangier in 1956. Alice has moved to Tangier with her husband. Some time later her college friend Lucy turns up on their doorstep. Alice is surprised because she has not spoken to Lucy in over a year because of an unpleasant incident that occurred while they were at college. This story was slow burning and atmospheric. It was quite creepy and unsettling in parts.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for my e-book in exc ...more