Tangerine by Christine Mangan [Book Review]

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

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Title: Tangerine

Author: Christine Mangan

Publisher: Ecco

Publish Date: March 27, 2018

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

Tangerine by Christine Mangan


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 by Christine Mangan


Alice and Lucy were roommates in college. Following a tragic accident, the two friends haven’t spoken in years. Alice is now married and living with her husband in Tangier, when Lucy makes a surprise visit.

Tangerine is told using alternating viewpoints, both Alice and Lucy relate their perspectives. Alice is weak and anxious. Lucy is outspoken and manipulative. A clever and mysterious story unfolds, that, admittedly, did not go in a way I was imagining. Loved the setting of 1950s Morocco though.

A slow burning historical suspense. Haunting, twisted, and dramatic.

Books by Christine Mangan:

  1. Tangerine
  2. Palace of the Drowned
  3. The Continental Affair

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