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 27th, 2018
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Cultural, Africa, Adult, Novels

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...
  • Andrew Smith
    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
    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
    "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 ...
  • Susan
    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...
  • 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...
  • Emma
    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...
  • Pauline
    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...
  • Zoe
    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...
  • Janelle
    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...
  • 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...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    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 ...
  • 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!!
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    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...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    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...
  • Roman Clodia
    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'...
  • Perry
    "The Talented Ms. R. Hipley" or "Citrus White Female"Nice sloe fizz though not particularly novel in story or setting.
  • Krista
    Morocco was mine. And it could be, I reasoned. After all, what did I have to return to? A damp, shared room on the wrong side of New York? Endless days spent typing up other writers' manuscripts? Here I could finally write something of my own, put pen to paper as I had always dreamed of during college – as Alice and I had dreamed, together. And if that meant making Morocco my own, I was prepared to do just that. I was a Tangerine now, after all...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gary Branson
    Tedious, with little suspense. Comparisons to Highsmith’s Ripley elevate this book too high.
  • Sarah
    I did enjoy this book, but it also rather disappointed me, but that was my fault for getting so enamored with the cover long before I read it. I know that is exactly what I am not supposed to judge a book by, but the cover of Tangerine is positively Hitchcock-ian, and that is total catnip for me! Unfortunately I didn't love this book as much as I love the cover, and I didn't feel satisfied by the ending. I'd still recommend giving it a try of the...
  • Christine
    I’ve been interested in reading this book ever since I first heard about it. I love books set in the 50s, I find it such a fascinating and transitory time period. I expected this to be a sort of creepy noir mystery set in an incredibly atmospheric place - Tangier, Morocco. The novel delivered this completely, the setting certainly helped with the tone and all consuming feeling and the writing was elegant and skilful. There was a sinister feel t...
  • Kate Olson
    (AUDIOBOOK) What a deliciously psychological twist-and-turn story! The setting of Tangier in the 1950s was fabulous and the narration gave this story such a foreboding tone. If you like dark and twisty stories in exotic settings, definitely pick this one up. It's a little out of my preferred genre comfort zone, but I am SO glad I read it for the @saltwaterreads book club on Instagram!
  • Tammy
    A twisted psychological thriller with a touch of Hitchcock that kept me turning the pages!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Nikola
    You can also find this review on my book blog. What first attracted me to this book is the absolutely stunning cover. I love everything black and white especially these kinds of photos so this was an immediate add to my to-be-read list. I didn’t base my decision of reading this book on it being optioned for a movie because that doesn’t attract me as much as the book itself does. I have to admit that I can see this book as a movie but I would...