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3.20  ·  Rating details ·  25,565 ratings  ·  3,564 reviews
The last person Alice Shipley expected to see when she arrived in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the horrific accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. But Lucy is standing there, trying to make things right. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Ecco
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Tim In my humble opinion, you did not miss anything. I was wondering about the same thing! Lucy tries to explain when later on but the timing did not make…moreIn my humble opinion, you did not miss anything. I was wondering about the same thing! Lucy tries to explain when later on but the timing did not make sense to me. But then I mean neither did the plot from about Lucy and Alice’s mini vacation from Tangiers onward, so. (less)
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Emily The "she must be going mad" trope in these books has worn thin. It's a weak plot device that allows the "villain" to get away with whatever it is the …moreThe "she must be going mad" trope in these books has worn thin. It's a weak plot device that allows the "villain" to get away with whatever it is the villain wants to get away with.(less)

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May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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, saying:

“As if Donna Tartt, Gillian Flynn, and Patricia
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 trust Lucy, or she can’t trust her own mind.

Tangier and
fulfilling my 2019 goal to read (at least) one book each month that i bought in hardcover and put off reading long enough that it is now in paperback.

this is one of those very divisive books. some people were crowing THIS IS THE BOOK OF THE YEAR!! and some were howling WHAT IS THIS GARBAGE?? i read it, fully prepared to be the booknerd arbiter, settling the matter once and for all, so imagine my surprise to find myself feeling the most shruggy of medium-feelings for this book.

i mean, it's... fin
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Bennington College in Vermont, whose relationship fractu ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: least-favorites
Tangerine is one of the worst books I've ever read in my life and it's definitely the worst book I've read this year. This is one of the most poorly written novels that I've ever encountered. It's painful to get through the horrible prose. The plot is straight out of a Lifetime movie, with no surprises or twists. The characters aren't fleshed out or believable. And the way Christine Mangan writes about Morocco and its people is problematic.

The novel is set in 1956 in Tangier, Morocco. Alice is a
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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, its poor preparation causing the reader severe agony as toxins invade their body. Painful death is a forgone conclusion.

Tangerine begins in an
Andrew Smith
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
j e w e l s
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 that meet at a high-brow East Coast university as room
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
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2018
Am I the only one who got really strong Talented Mr Ripley vibes from this book? I can't believe it's not 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 was something that John could not understand, bu
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
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.
Told from 2 POV's covering both past and present, this
David Putnam
May 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sorry, couldn't finish this one. It was too slow of a burn. I needed more to hold me in.

Liz Barnsley
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 need for exposition or endless descriptive passages, the pla
Apr 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"The Talented Ms. R. Hipley" or "Citrus White Female"

Nice sloe fizz though not particularly novel in story or setting.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
"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 and rarely leaves their apartment. Alice is troubl ...more
Maria Espadinha
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Hitchcock Movie on Paper

Let me start by introducing the main characters of this novel:

Lucy, John and Alice:

Lucy is manipulative, a psychological gambler with a strong aura of fakenness.

Alice is frail, out of place, and we feel her lonelinness even when she's surrounded by others.

John is shallow, egotistical and cynical. He's married to Alice but they don't seem to share a great deal of intimacy.

Lucy and Alice have once been like sisters, but something happened that put an end to their friends
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 much alone. She ignores his drinking and affairs and he p ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 outspoken. Determined to rekindle their friendship, Lucy
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2018
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 separates them.

Several years later, Alice is marr
Apr 01, 2018 added it
Shelves: stopped-reading
I can’t get into this. I’ve tried the audio and the book. Moving on...
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
3.75/5. For a reader like me, this book had everything going for it: It’s a literary thriller set in the 1950s in Tangier, Morocco. Everything about it (from the Hitchcockian cover to the distinct setting and the plot) feels very much like a nod to the suspense and noir genre, which I'm a huge fan of. Unfolding in dual perspectives, it’s a story about an obsessive, possibly destructive female friendship, which plays with the Doppelgänger motif that I find endlessly interesting (I think we can al ...more
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 somewhat dubious character, and moved to Tangier (which of course ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 vividly descriptive. The characters are complex, flawe
Janelle Janson
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 story is set in the 1950’s and centers on a friends
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. Recommended.
Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of thi
LeAnne: GeezerMom
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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 can get used to anything" and a little nod to the e ...more
Nancy Oakes
If anyone in the US wants this book, it is yours. Free. I'll pay to get it to you.

Good grief.

Well, as much as I try to select books that I think I will enjoy, I have to admit that this wasn't one of them. Have you ever read a book and come to a certain point where you say to yourself "I've read this before?" It's not even that I figured out the plot with this one -- it's that I'd actually read this before. Change the sex, change the location and no matter what, it still comes out like a versio
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 a good job with this book. Part of the charm o ...more
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Christine Mangan has her PhD in English from University College Dublin, where her thesis focused on 18th-century Gothic literature, and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Southern Maine. Tangerine is her first novel.

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