Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Tangerine

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. L...


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TitleTangerine
Author
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherEcco
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Cultural, Africa
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Reviews Tangerine

  • Hannah Greendale
    2018-02-07
    It is 1956, and Alice Shipley has found refuge from her past in Tangier. She’s nearly able to forget about the night a horrible incident altered the course of her life. But an unexpected visit from Lucy Mason – her college roommate who witnessed the event – threatens to expose the truth. Alice is sure she can withstand a brief visit, but the longer Lucy stays, the more Alice suffers from a familiar sense of uncertainty: Either she can’t t...
  • Julie
    2018-05-09
    Tangerine by Christine Mangan is a 2018 Ecco publication. I seldom give much credence to author recommendations, having learned a long time ago, that they are mostly meaningless. I've helped authors through various stages of marketing, and trust me, sometimes authors just pull those blurb quotes right out of thin air without even reading the book first. But… Then I saw that Joyce Carol Oates had written an endorsement for this debut novel, say...
  • Paromjit
    2018-03-06
    Christine Mangan writes a deliciously warped and menacing piece of historical fiction set amidst the sweltering and sweat ridden heat of Tangier in Morocco. This is a twisted psychological thriller narrated from the point of view of the nervously anxious and isolated Alice Shipley, recently married to John, and her once close friend, Lucy Mason. Alice and Lucy, women from different ends of the social and economic strata, were room mates at Bennin...
  • Truman32
    2018-04-13
    Like a Nestle Toll House Ultimate Chocolate Chip Lovers break and bake cookie that was only in the oven for 3 minutes Christine Mangan’s thriller, Tangerine, is a half-baked mess. Actually that might not be an accurate metaphor as that cookie would still be wonderful, if somewhat gooey and drippy. Tangerine is more like a half-baked fugu puffer-fish meal, it’s poor preparation causing the reader severe agony as toxins invade their body. Painf...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    2018-03-23
    4.25 STARS 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 ...
  • Andrew Smith
    2018-03-14
    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 ac...
  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-03-21
    I really fell into Tangerine – a tautly plotted purely character driven psychological drama where the setting is one of those characters – haunting and highly engaging, this is the story of a toxic friendship playing out against the backdrop of Tangier in a time of turmoil..The imagery in this novel is astounding – you really feel like you are walking the streets of Tangier with our main protagonists – but it is so simply done, with no ne...
  • Faith
    2018-04-01
    "I knew her, Alice, better than she knew herself, could anticipate every action and reaction before they had ever occurred to her. I sunk to the floor, my fingers grasping the Berber carpet beneath me, my nails turning white against the pressure as I clutched at its frayed edges." Alice and her husband John have moved to Tangier soon after their marriage. Alice has a history of mental instability and she has a difficult time adjusting to Tangier ...
  • Stacey
    2018-05-31
    Make yourself a steaming cup of mint tea and first admire the cover then be prepared to be transported to Tangier.Alice and Lucy were roommates in college in Vermont and the best of friends when an unfortunate accident happened and served as a wedge between them. Out of touch for a year imagine Alice's surprise to see Lucy in Tangier. The personalities of the two couldn't be more opposite. Alice is the meek, introverted type while Lucy is outspok...
  • Blair
    2017-12-26
    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 wo...
  • Susan
    2018-03-08
    Set in 1950’s Morocco, this is an atmospheric novel about obsession, jealousy and identity. Alice is living in Tangiers with her husband, John McAllister. The marriage is not a huge success; it was virtually arranged by Alice’s aunt and is mutually beneficial. Besides sneering at her for her refusal to throw herself into the heat and life of the city, and her seeming inability to fill the nursery of their apartment, John leaves her pretty muc...
  • Zoe
    2018-03-12
    Chilling, atmospheric, and ominous!Tangerine is a well-paced, psychological thriller set in Tangier, Morocco that is told from two different perspectives. Alice, a wealthy, fragile, young woman with a history of tragedy and a husband and new home she's not entirely comfortable or content with. And Lucy, a dangerous, manipulative young lady who seems to lack a conscience and be driven by an unhealthy, violent obsession.The writing is taut and vivi...
  • Jan
    2018-04-22
    Well this one has it all!-Unreliable narratives ✔-Mysterious pasts; surrounded in secrets, lies, and innuendos ✔-Dark, haunting and atmospheric ✔-Craziness and delusion abound...all the while not knowing which one is truly the psychotic one ✔This was a slow creeper for me, but the tension was tight throughout and I honestly didn't know who was the protagonist versus the antagonist until it was finally revealed just over the halfway mark.T...
  • Pauline
    2018-03-21
    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 an...
  • Janelle
    2018-03-20
    Thank you so much to Ecco Books for providing my free copy of TANGERINE by Christine Mangan - all opinions are my own.This is a stunning psychological suspense debut that reminds me so much of Patricia Highsmith who I LOVE! And for full transparency I should disclose that I am a categorical fan of the psychological thriller genre, and TANGERINE is one of my new top favorites! Gorgeous, mysterious prose that you can just sink your teeth into.The s...
  • Perry
    2018-04-04
    "The Talented Ms. R. Hipley" or "Citrus White Female"Nice sloe fizz though not particularly novel in story or setting.
  • Dianne
    2018-06-10
    Nicely done debut from Mangan with a real throwback vibe. The story takes place, for the most part, in 1950's Tangiers. Lucy and Alice are college roommates at Bennington College. Alice is anxious, compliant. Lucy is calm, dominant, mysterious. They become a very self-sufficient and isolated twosome until Alice embarks on a romance with Tom. Lucy, jealous, simmers as Alice begins to become more independent. Tensions rise until a terrible accident...
  • Jill
    2018-04-27
    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 ...
  • Emma
    2018-03-27
    This was excellent! In the blurb it said this was for fans of Daphne du Maurier and Patricia Highsmith. And this turned out, happily to be exactly right. A story in an evocative setting, this psychological thriller did not disappoint. A tale of obsession, paranoia, insanity and deception, where you fear for one of the characters and marvel at the sheer creepiness of the other. A tale of a toxic and unhealthy friendship if ever there was one. Reco...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    2018-04-01
    A favorite subject is the unequal friendship, especially with best friends at school or college. Here it’s Bennington in the fifties when it was a women’s college and the BFs and roommates are Alice, a wealthy English orphan, and Lucy, a local scholarship girl (or “shipper” in collegiate slang). An incident their senior year—referred to as “the accident”—led to their estrangement. Alice returned to England, married John, a man of ...
  • LeAnne
    2018-04-29
    I've got a thing for exotic places, Morocco especially, and the personality of Tangier - with that city's name having changed each time it was conquered since 5BC - was my favorite character here. Another delight was that the first odd little chapter tied beautifully with the last, shedding sunlight onto one of the book's mysteries. There were admirable aspects to this book - burning one's fingers on the scalding glasses of boiled mint tea "one c...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-04-02
    I listened to the audio version of this book narrated by Barrie Kreinik and Erin Mallon. The funny thing is that I thought it was the same person voicing both Alice and Lucy. But, I noticed when the audiobook has started only Barrie Kreinik is listed as a narrator. So, no wonder I thought that it was one person. It didn't help that they voiced was very similar, only with Alice voice being softer. Anyway, that's beside the point, the narrators did...
  • Simon
    2018-03-06
    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 frien...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    2018-01-14
    Find my full review here: http://crimebythebook.com/blog/2018/1...This is an absolutely outstanding debut suspense novel that will be an instant-hit for fans of Patricia Highsmith! This is not an action-packed read - it’s more about character development and unpacking the disturbing “friendship” between two women. LOVED it!!
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    2018-03-09
    Am I the only one who got really strong Talented Mr Ripley vibes from this book? I can't believe it's mentioned on the blurb as the publishers are so eager to label books as "for fans of such and such"If you liked Ripley, you'll love this book. I really find this very much alike Patricia Highsmith's work.A tense psychological thriller set in Tangier; Tangerine introduces us the uneasy friendship between Alice and Lucy. My friendship with Alice wa...
  • Tooter
    2018-04-30
    4 Stars
  • Eliza and her books
    2018-06-04
    I'm shocked that was amazing
  • Roman Clodia
    2018-03-07
    The thread that held Alice and me together began to pull taut. We were not finished, not yet. Our story was still being written. Mangan is a classy writer, so it's a shame then that the story she tells here is so familiar: with debts to Single White Female, Highsmith's Ripley, and a whole host of recent 'psychological thrillers' like Genuine Fraud which mingle issues of obsessive female relationships, questions of identity, paranoia and 'madness'...