“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.
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Partially brings tangier to life, but not the characters or storyline
Beautifully written and incredible story. Character development on point. Thoroughly enjoyed!
Not worth your time
I read this book in its entirety in the hopes that there would be a plausible twist in the fate of these characters. Unfortunately it was all neatly wrapped in favor of the antagonist. Which, in all honesty is not likely in the real world. Aunt Maude would have picked up on the deceit that unfolded in front of her (I say this by the way the author created her personality-formidable). Now I don’t even want to visit Tangier. Bummed that I gave my time to this book.