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Tangerine

Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow, Lucy Scott
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
3.4 out of 5 stars (153 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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Not a bad summer read

The author of this novel has a PhD in eighteenth-century Gothic fiction (one of my favourite genres), I must admit this had me dying to get stuck into it. It started out incredibly well when the tensions between Alice and Lucy were being hinted at. However, there were aspects of the characterisation that I found a bit of a cliche. We have the neurotic and repressed Alice (of course a frosty Brit), the object of the “affections” of the more psychotic and dangerous Lucy (American, naturally). The trope felt overdone, and that the only thing that Mangan had tried to do in order to make it a bit different was to crank up the cruelty and juxtapose it to the apathy of Youssef/Joseph. I found myself becoming frustrated with each woman and somehow unable to sympathise with either of them because of how stereotypical they both were as the story unfolded. Yet, the premise of this story and its potential had me with such high hopes. I really wanted this story to thrill and chill me, and I can see how it is a translation of eighteenth-century Gothic to a twentieth-century setting. I liked the desert setting, which made me think of Matthew Lewis’s The Monk. It just seemed like the author had taken the easy way out for constructing the plot. A tad too formulaic for my personal taste spoon-feeding the “love turned to hate” idea, which was only hinted at when we first encounter these two women.

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Not for me

Unsympathetic characters and predictable. Expected a twist but none came. Narration a bit monotonous. Disappointed.

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Surely there has to be a twist?

Loved the idea of this book but really didn’t enjoy it very much. Parts were very long winded and dull and I found the characters irritating - particularly Alice. I kept thinking there has to be a great twist at the end of this, but no just a rather lame and frustrating ending. Really didn’t live up to the hype.

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Hard work in Morocco

Have re-tried several times with this. Nope - it is style over content. Simply screamed obsessive love and fragile woman in oppressed society. I really tried...Please Audible, can I get a Credit refund!?

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Dreadful

Cliche after cliche. Tired themes. Condescending. Unconvincing characters. I haven't even finished listening and I just don't give a toss about where it's going. Truly awful.

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Good but have enjoyed similar stories more.

May be I'll read it again one day and understand more why it was so successful.

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First audio book

I quite liked the story but felt a bit disappointed with the end. I didn’t get much from the narrator but it’s my first audio book so nothing to compare to. Found her slightly monotone so quite difficult to stay engaged. Perhaps she was just playing the characters as they were intended.