Tangerine (Paperback)Christine Mangan (author)
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With a claustrophobic atmosphere as oppressive as the North African heat, Tangerine channels Highmsith and du Maurier with a serpentine story of obsession and control played out in the medinas and backstreets of 1950s Tangier. Sticky with suspense and psychological power games, Mangan’s first novel is a modern classic in the making.
Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for February 2019
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.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm
'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
'Girl on a Train meets The Talented Mr Ripley under the Moroccan sun. Unputdownable' - The Times
'Atmospheric... If The Talented Mr Ripley was recast with female leads and transplanted to Tangier, it might read a lot like Tangerine.' - Vogue
'The shade of Patricia Highsmith hangs over this sinister and serpentine thriller that really got me by the throat... a riveting tale of obsessive love.' - Fanny Blake, Woman & Home
'Riveting... unputdownable.' - Melissa Katsoulis, The Times
'A plot as twisty as the streets of its dazzling Tangier setting.' - The Daily Mail
'Assured and atmospheric.' - The Guardian
'Like Highsmith, Tartt and Flynn, the author excels in portraying the troubled boundaries between selves through themes of obsession, stalking and otherwise crossing the line in close relationships... engages the reader to the bitter end.' - Anita Sethi, The Independent
'A taut, brilliant thriller set in 50s Morocco; perfect escapism.' - Emerald Street
'It is an accomplished, ominous, evocative tale of spiralling obsession, skilfully pulled off.' - Alison Flood, The Observer
'An assured and atmospheric debut.' - The Guardian
'A helluva tense read ... Tangerine by Christine Mangan doesn't disappoint.' - The Sunday Telegraph
'Atmospheric... echoes of other writers, most notably Patricia Highsmith, are ever present.' - The Sunday Times
'The plot unfolds as a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley and The Girl on the Train.' - The Telegraph
'A satisfying, juicy thriller... knows all the notes to hit to create lush, sinister atmosphere and to prolong suspense.' - The New York Times
'A tightly wound debut that will leave you breathless.' - The Evening Standard
'An eerie filmic debut that reminded me of Patricia Highsmith.' - India Knight, The Sunday Times
'A sultry, Ripley-esque tale of manipulation and obsession.' - Tatler
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