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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 friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t 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. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s 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 book—a 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.-- Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062686664
Call Number: MANGAN
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Morocco -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Deception -- Fiction.
Female friendship -- Fiction.


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EvaELPL Aug 16, 2018

I picked this one up on a whim, and was delighted to find that it ticked all my boxes: rich sense of place, unreliable narrators, codependent female friendship, and the combined current of danger and thrill that shot through everything. This was one of those books I was disappointed to finish, because I just wanted to keep reading more of it, or something just like it.

Aug 05, 2018

Tangerine is about two friends who become entangled in a web of lies and deceit, with one always trying to out due the other.

Aug 05, 2018

I thought this book was pretty good at first. But by the time I got about halfway through, I could tell what was going to happen and didn't feel like watching it unfold. (I skimmed through the second half to see if it played out the way I expected or not.)

Jul 25, 2018

This book is a combination of Talented Mr Ripley meets Casablanca meets Single White Female. I enjoyed the descriptive setting but felt there wasn't much distinction between the two points of view.

Jul 23, 2018

Alas this would have made a quirky, interesting short story. Not enough guts to it to hold a 308 page novel. In her defense it does feel like the author has a better next book in her.

Jul 20, 2018

Meh. I was hoping for more but I found it pretty boring and anti-climactic. Great setting though.

If you are looking for a gripping beach read, this book is it. If you have ever known a con artist and/or a pathological liar, you'll recognize that character and be appalled all over again. The tangerine of the title is a chameleon-like young woman who tracks down her former college roommate in Tangier. The plot, a cross between The Talented Mr. Ripley and the movie Body Heat, comes to its all-but-inevitable ending, leaving the reader hoping for a sequel to even the score. Or to place a call to Interpol. Don't want to give away too much....

Not "great literature" but a wonderful book to disappear into for a weekend jaunt.

Jun 12, 2018

There’s nothing like an unreliable narrator and when there are two in the same book you still won’t perceive reality at the end. For me it was frustrating. I love nice clean clear endings. But when I think about a book long after I’ve read it puzzling over what I might have missed, this book proves to be a success with me.

Jun 04, 2018

This book started off well but fell apart before the middle. Written in two voices, from two perspectives, it was hard to keep straight which character we were following. I finally just skipped to the end to put an end to my misery. Definitely echos of Highsmith here. The dialogue was well-written but in her next novel this new author needs to find a simpler way to tell her story.

Jun 02, 2018

4 stars for originality, 4 stars for quality of writing... alas, 2 stars for the main character...I just never cared what might befall her... look forward to more by this author.

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