A Novel

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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.
"A stunning debut novel--a chilling and unexpected portrait of a female friendship set in 1950's Morocco. This is Patricia Highsmith for the 21st century"--
Publisher: ©2018
New York :, Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062686664
Branch Call Number: F Mangan
Characteristics: 388 pages ;,24 cm


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Jul 20, 2018

Meh. I was hoping for more but I found it pretty boring and anti-climactic. Great setting though.

If you are looking for a gripping beach read, this book is it. If you have ever known a con artist and/or a pathological liar, you'll recognize that character and be appalled all over again. The tangerine of the title is a chameleon-like young woman who tracks down her former college roommate in Tangier. The plot, a cross between The Talented Mr. Ripley and the movie Body Heat, comes to its all-but-inevitable ending, leaving the reader hoping for a sequel to even the score. Or to place a call to Interpol. Don't want to give away too much....

Not "great literature" but a wonderful book to disappear into for a weekend jaunt.

Jun 12, 2018

There’s nothing like an unreliable narrator and when there are two in the same book you still won’t perceive reality at the end. For me it was frustrating. I love nice clean clear endings. But when I think about a book long after I’ve read it puzzling over what I might have missed, this book proves to be a success with me.

Jun 04, 2018

This book started off well but fell apart before the middle. Written in two voices, from two perspectives, it was hard to keep straight which character we were following. I finally just skipped to the end to put an end to my misery. Definitely echos of Highsmith here. The dialogue was well-written but in her next novel this new author needs to find a simpler way to tell her story.

Jun 02, 2018

4 stars for originality, 4 stars for quality of writing... alas, 2 stars for the main character...I just never cared what might befall her... look forward to more by this author.

May 23, 2018

An intriguing story about two school friends. Alice is trusting and less worldly mature and Lucy is rougher and manipulative. It's Lucy's unscrupulous behavior that keeps the reader wondering what is around the next bend and expecially how it's going to turn out. Loved it!

JCLOctavia May 21, 2018

Reminded me of "Gone Girl" but with more plot twists.

Apr 25, 2018

When Alice last saw Lucy, her college roommate, she told her that she never wanted to see her again, and yet here she is on her doorstep in Tangier acting like that never happened. And how did she even find her?

This is a case where my expectations were not very high, so I was pleasantly surprised by how delightfully atmospheric this was and it had a nice edge of uncertainty to it always, even when it's unpredictability was predictable.

Apr 14, 2018

This book was awful. I could not get into it so I started skipping after the first 75-80 pages. It did not get better. The circumstances were not at all believable and I could not relate to the characters. This book is supposed to be a thriller but it is not, in my opinion. It feels like some aspects are a ripoff of The Talented Mr. Ripley but with more vapid characters. I wish I could reclaim the time I wasted on this over-hyped book of boredom. You've been warned.


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