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Tangerine

Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow, Lucy Scott
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)
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Summary

The perfect listen for fans of Daphne du Maurier and Patricia Highsmith, set in 1950s Morocco, Tangerine is a gripping psychological literary thriller. 

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving 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 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 an extraordinary debut, so tightly wound, so evocative of 1950s Tangier, and so cleverly plotted that it will leave you absolutely breathless. 

©2018 Christine Mangan (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"As if Donna Tartt, Gillian Flynn and Patricia Highsmith had collaborated in a screenplay to be filmed by Hitchcock - suspenseful and atmospheric." (Joyce Carol Oates)

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Plain cruel

Call me a wimp, but I don't tend to enjoy books where terrible things happen to the protagonist without any proper resolution.

Alice Shipley, a rather meek woman, lives with her cocky husband in Tangiers, when one day a face from the past comes back to haunt her. Lucy Mason, her former roommate turns up at her doorstep with hidden motives.

This book has been described as similar to The Talented Mr Ripley, and in some ways, we can see how they converge. It is a psychological thriller including aspects of whether Alice can trust her mind, and if Lucy is just a bunny boiler - bringing together all the usual plots. I personally didn't relish this, because the conclusion fizzled out.

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slow and dull

not worth all the hype, this book is repetitive and unbelievable. the characters are unlikable and flat. the narration adds nothing to the atmosphere or possible tension. a great disappointment.

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A love letter to Highsmith...

Well written, engaging and as drowsily intoxicating as any of Patricia Highsmith’s finer works. Think ‘Carol’ with a Hitchcockian twist. What slightly alluded me however was why the author felt the need to write something so close in style and tone to PH’s work. Is it homage or simply a rip off? I can’t tell, but I had fun guessing.

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dissapointing

the story started and progressed well but a big anti climax towards the end I felt a real let down

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Thoroughly predictable

The story is laid out from the very beginning, there are no surprises, no secrets to learn.
It is plain and dull just like the two main characters. Do yourself a favour and read The Talented Mr. Ripley instead.

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Well written but such dislikable characters

There is no doubt this book is well written and the descriptions about tangier evocative but for me that’s all.
Every single character without exception was dislikable and so there is no one to root for no one to feel attached to just frustration.
I did like the last few lines that draw you back to the beginning and it made me long for Moroccan food.

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A good holiday book

An interesting and well written book. One which is ideal to listen to on holiday.

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formulaic but gripping.A rather snooty review ....

....in The times said this was girl on a ttrain but with clunkier writing...some of it is laughable but it is all in the mouth of a pretentious protagonist so worked well Listened to at very stressful time in hospital corridors and it distracted me very nicely.A great holiday listen on a beach or pretty garden.Good curled up cosy on a cold night.