“A juicy melodrama cast against the sultry, stylish imagery of North Africa in the fifties.” —The New Yorker
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.
Optioned for film by George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures, with Scarlett Johansson to star
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you have a vacation coming up, be sure to pack Tangerine—one of the most chilling psychological thrillers we’ve ever read. It’s the story of Lucy and Alice, college roommates whose friendship goes terribly wrong. After graduation, Alice moves to Morocco for a fresh start; a year later, Lucy shows up at her doorstep. What unfolds next in the sunbaked souks and dark alleyways of 1950s Tangier is revealed through chapters that alternate between the two women's points of view. Oozing with foreboding and packed with heart-pounding entertainment, Tangerine is impossible to put down.
The audio edition of Mangan's debut novel, set in 1956 Morocco, expertly brings to life the strange and sinister relationship of two young women. Reader Kreinik enacts the guarded, upper-class Briton Alice Shipley, and Mallon performs as working class American Lucy Mason. Told by each in alternating chapters, the story begins in Tangier, where Alice has been living for a year with her husband, when Lucy unexpectedly arrives on her doorstep. Flashbacks explain that the two met several years before while roommates at Bennington College. Something severed their close friendship and left Alice in a fragile mental state from which she has never quite recovered. What happened back then and what brought Lucy to Tangier are the questions that drive Mangan's taut thriller. The voice actors give subtle interpretations of the two women at the heart of the book, a fearful Alice closing herself off from the exotic city while Lucy eagerly embraces it. With Kreinik and Mallon capturing its characters as well as the arid, intriguing atmosphere of Tangier, the audiobook emerges as a murderous entertainment influenced by Patricia Highsmith and Alfred Hitchcock. An Ecco hardcover.
Must be good when you want to shake one of the characters (Alice) for being so naive.
One of the worst books I have ever read and I read over 100 books a year. Don’t waste your money.
Partially brings tangier to life, but not the characters or storyline