Tangerine by Christine Mangan


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...

Details Tangerine

Release DateMar 20th, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Reviews Tangerine

  • Hannah Greendale
    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...
  • Paromjit
    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...
  • Blair
    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...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    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!!
  • Robin
    Set in the very well depicted exotic setting of Tangier with fully drawn characters, this literary suspense novel is a slow-burn with a few little twists and turns along the way. If a reader is looking for a fast-paced psychological suspense such as GONE GIRL or GIRL ON THE TRAIN, this isn't your book. It's being compared to THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY which is apt. It's also very similar to Maestra and We Could Be Beautiful. Thanks to HarperCollins f...
  • Simon
    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...
  • Beth
    I had been anticipating this book for months, so probably my hopes were too high. I mean, comparisons to Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, and Daphne DuMaurier? Yes, please. But sadly, I didn’t think the writing was exceptional, and there were two huge plot points that didn’t make sense to me and pretty much ruined the book. #1. At what point could Lucy possibly have tampered with the brakes? There wasn’t time right before the accident...
  • Amy Morgan
    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. I loved this book! It was like The Talented Mr. Ripley meets Maestra two stories I adored! Alice and Lucy were friends and roommates in college until an accident drives a seemingly permanent wedge between them. Years go by and Alice is living in Tangier with her husband John. Alice is surprised one day when Lucy shows up unexpectedly at her door. Unsure of her feelings at seeing Lucy Alice goes...
  • Gary Branson
    Tedious, with little suspense. Comparisons to Highsmith’s Ripley elevate this book too high.
  • Lillian
    How to review this?Tangerine is a tightly woven, atmospheric psychological thriller (gothic horror?). These are not the kind of books I read yet it was a well written and finely crafted narrative. I am saddened however by the brutality of psychological wounding that endures far longer than the physical. I can't help but wonder if society's fascination with pyschological thrillers might not be a small part of the problem with humanity's evolution ...
  • Kalen
    This one was so much fun that I'm willing to look past a few little quibbles to give it a 5.
  • Mary McBride
    What a great and twisted study of two friends- one on the edge of madness and the other a manipulative psychopath ??? All set in the lush landscape of Tangier..So good.
  • Mike
    Alice slowly loses her mind when her husband vanishes shortly after her old college roommate suddenly reappears. An eerie suspense story, somewhat reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith’s overall style, with a vividly described exotic and stifling setting.
  • Kristin
    A hauntingly horrific debut novel with hints of a Hitchcockian twist, “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan is the tragic tale of 1950’s socialite Alice Shipley and her destitute friend, Lucy Mason, college roommates forever damaged by one dark and stormy night. One year later, a lucky Lucy finds a frail Alice self-medicating in Morocco with a free-loading husband by her side, desperately fighting the demons threatening her descent into madness. ...
  • Marci
    I received a preview copy of Tangerine from the publisher, Harper Collins through Book Shout. I am torn in my opinion of this book. I felt that it could use a little more work. The good things: The main setting. You really got a feel for what it might be like to be in Tangier. You can almost feel the heat and the sweat and the marketplace. The 2 main characters. I thought Alice and Lucy were very nicely developed. I had a sense of who they were a...
  • Katy
    This was a fun little thriller that was pretty easy to breeze right on through; 2.5 stars. I thought Alice and Lucy were pretty meh characters; it was sometimes difficult to tell their sections apart, especially when they often would masquerade around as each other. I really liked how their shared history was told--Mangan didn't hide all of the details until the end of the book. Instead, readers got a slow exposure to their backstory over multipl...
  • Mainlinebooker
    This wonderfully written book begs to be turned into a movie. One can't help but think of Patricia Highsmith's novel, The Talented Mr Ripley and the atmospheric setting that she portrayed. I inhaled this book, as the character driven novel kept up a steady stream of suspense to the very end. This is not an action packed thriller but a slow burn that churns your stomach and makes your feet jiggle with anxiety waiting to be dispersed. Set in Tangie...
  • Rochelle Hickey
    Tangerine is about the lengths one woman, Lucy, will go to be together with the woman she loves, Alice. Lucy’s love turns into obsession and possession bringing her to follow Alice to Tangier. Expectations and dreams come crashing down around Lucy and she weaves complicated lies to save herself no matter what the cost to others.Lucy and Alice meet in Bennington, an all girls school where they become fast friends. Only, this relationship was mer...
  • Karen M
    Love turned to obsession can only end one way but is it the lover or the object of love who pays the price of obsession.Lucy and Alice have a history since their freshman year at Bennington. Alice, so quiet and fearful with her tenuous hold on reality, who has escaped to Tangiers with her husband, who was more interested in Alice’s money than in Alice herself. Lucy, Alice’s old college roommate, whose path in life has been a hard one but she ...
  • The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
    This book had me at “If Donna Tartt, Gillian Flynn, Patricia Highsmith & Daphne Du Maurier collaborated”. Sold!It’s 1956 and Alice Shipley has moved with her new husband, John, to the sweltering, claustrophobic heat of Tangier in Morocco for John’s work. Once sociable, Alice becomes almost a recluse as she hides herself away from the crowds in her little apartment. Isolated and friendless, Alice’s self-made little cocoon is about to be ...
  • 4cats
    1950's Tangiers is brought vividly to life in this dark, disturbing psychological thriller. Alice Shipley is living in Tangiers with her husband John, he loves their life but she is afraid to venture out of her small apartment and embrace the city. When Lucy Mason, surpise visitor appears on Alice's doorstep, she is reminded of her life as a student in Vermont, once inseparable their friendship fractured by a tragic accident. Lucy is hoping to tu...
  • Elissa
    I TORE through this book, and even within five pages of the end, I still wasn’t 100% sure what would happen or, for that matter, what was real and what was imagined. This historical psychological thriller, set in Tangier, is at its heart about the complicated and obsessive friendship between two roommates, Alice and Lucy, who reunite in Morocco in the 1950s a year after college. Christine Mangan excels at creating situations and unreliable narr...
  • Norma
    A different story but there wasn't the gripping drama I'd expected. I will say it was just "okay".
  • Carly Thompson
    Literary suspense. With strong echoes of the talented Mr. Ripley, this is the story of a heightened and tangled friendship between two young women. Lucy and Alice were roommates and friends at Bennington College, until a tragedy and a falling out. A few years later, Lucy unexpectedly shows up in Tangiers, where Alice is living with her slightly sleazy husband. The novel moves back and forth in alternating chapters told from the viewpoints of both...
  • Isabel Jones
    I really wanted to love this book, but there were SO. MANY. PLOT. HOLES. Hopefully some of the errors will be righted in its final print copy. As is, this book is a well-written MFA project that no one has taken the time to check for continuity.
  • Nann
    Psychological suspense in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith and Daphne DuMaurier, set in the shimmering heat of Tangiers, just long enough ago (mid-60's?). The characters are not likeable -- they're not supposed to be -- there's enough friction and mystery to make this a compelling story.
  • Cathy Branciforte
    Really loved this book as each character and their past is slowly revealed as it builds to a suspenseful ending. It reminded me of The Talented Mr Ripley and would make a terrific movie. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a character driven but suspenseful story.Thanks to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for the digital review copy!
  • Katherine
    This novel is beautifully written and an excellent example of how to plant the seeds of unease--the feeling that 'something isn't quite right here'--into a narrative that at the start may seem benign. The disparity between Lucy and Alice's opinions of the events that unfold in Tangier and their own shared history at Bennington was chilling and kept me hooked, page after page, as Lucy was revealed to be further and further from the rational person...
  • Dan Radovich
    Oh this one is hot, like the weather in Tangier. I had to finish in one sitting, it is that good. Mangan weaves her story together with prose that plays like a Hitchcock film from the Golden Age of Hollywood (not his later works). Alice and Lucy meet in Tangier, over a year has passed since they have spoken to each other. An accident at Bennington split them apart, but friendship like they shared can be a tough nut to crack. Manipulation. Trust. ...
  • Katie
    "She was, I realized, that awful, wretched part of me that should be locked away and boarded up forever--like Jane's madwoman in the attic. She was the unfiltered version, the rawness that no one should ever see. She was every wicked thought, every forbidden desire turned real and visceral. I held up my hand and saw that the dye from the leather had stained my skin. See, I laughed, whispering the words to myself, you will never be rid of her." I ...