Tangerine by Christine Mangan

TangerineThis is the story of Alice Shipley and her relationship with Lucy Mason that spans over many years. I would put it in the mystery/psychological thriller genre of novel.

Overall, this was a good book. I looked and this is the author’s debut novel, which is very impressive.

The book is set in Tangier, Morocco. And the author does an excellent job of describing the scene and relaying the feeling of being there – the oppressive heat, the crowds, the mystery of it – in both the words and how she paces them. You really feel like you are there.

I mentioned in my March preview of this book that it was a slow burn of a read. And that is true. It feels very film noir-ish. It reminds me of the film Casablanca in terms of the pacing and the imagery, I guess because both are set in Morocco. But they have a similar style.

I struggled with the pacing of the story itself, the back-and-forth through time and the alternating Lucy/Alice chapters, that I found detracted from the flow of the story. I felt like I really wanted to get lost in the story and I wasn’t able to.

I have seen the book compared to Gone Girl, and I don’t think that is accurate. I think it’s more of a Talented Mr. Ripley (although, truth be told, on that one I have only seen the film and not read the book).

I wavered on what to rate this – between a 3 and 4 stars. I landed on 3, but if Goodreads allowed half stars, it would have been a 3.5.

Full disclosure: I received this eARC from Edelweiss for a fair and honest review. (Thanks Edelweiss!)

 

 

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