Tangerine

Tangerine

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"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"--
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.
Publisher: New York :, Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, [2018]
©2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062686664
0062686666
Branch Call Number: F Mangan
Characteristics: 388 pages ;,24 cm

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JimLoter
Oct 17, 2018

Enjoyable enough but a bit eye-rollingly over-the-top at points with ominous foreshadowing giving way to sinister hokeyness. The Joyce Carol Oates blurb on the cover of the library copy I read compares this work to Highsmith and Hitchcock, which is ... aspirational but not accurate. The prose and dialog are uninspired, and the descriptions of Tangier in the 1950s are not particularly evocative or atmospheric. The whole thing is more "Single White Female" than "The Talented Mr. Ripley." The shifting focus on the two equally unreliable narrators is the book's best feature, especially when each woman tells her own version of the same events. But there is very little stylistic differentiation between them - if each alternate chapter hadn't been titled either "Alice" or "Lucy," it would have been tricky to tell them apart.

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badgirls
Sep 30, 2018

So much 'buzz' about this book. It has now been optioned by George Clooney for a film. So what's not to like?
Quite a bit. It's wordy and meanders through a convoluted story with unreliable narrators.
The cover is beautiful, evocative and features one of the first super-models Suzy Parker photographed in Morocco in the 50's.
The book misses but the cover scores.

ArapahoeKati Sep 17, 2018

Quite a read, twisty and turny and well-written. When I wasn’t reading this, I was thinking about it.

JessicaGma Sep 06, 2018

It's a decent entry into the dangerous femme fatales (like Girl on a train or Gone girl) style of thriller, but it was a bit weird by the end. If you liked the others, you may like this one, but it was a bit.....wobbly by the end, and you just really want to punch the one character.

EvaELPL Aug 16, 2018

I picked this one up on a whim, and was delighted to find that it ticked all my boxes: rich sense of place, unreliable narrators, codependent female friendship, and the combined current of danger and thrill that shot through everything. This was one of those books I was disappointed to finish, because I just wanted to keep reading more of it, or something just like it.

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njwillso
Aug 05, 2018

Tangerine is about two friends who become entangled in a web of lies and deceit, with one always trying to out due the other.

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gbohomegirl7
Aug 05, 2018

I thought this book was pretty good at first. But by the time I got about halfway through, I could tell what was going to happen and didn't feel like watching it unfold. (I skimmed through the second half to see if it played out the way I expected or not--which it did.)

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lozza1401
Jul 25, 2018

This book is a combination of Talented Mr Ripley meets Casablanca meets Single White Female. I enjoyed the descriptive setting but felt there wasn't much distinction between the two points of view.

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KayK
Jul 23, 2018

Alas this would have made a quirky, interesting short story. Not enough guts to it to hold a 308 page novel. In her defense it does feel like the author has a better next book in her.

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rochellemc9110
Jul 20, 2018

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

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