Tangerine

Tangerine

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Arriving in Tangier with her new husband only to encounter the estranged best friend she has not seen in more than a year, Alice allows her friend to introduce her to the rhythms and culture of Morocco, only to be quickly stifled by the woman's controlling nature.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062686664
0062686666
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm

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I am very excited to read this book. It is a thriller with more than a touch of Hitchcock noir. Alice and Lucy, old friends, haven't spoken since the awful accident at the Bennington, but when Lucy shows up in Tangier Alice knows something is not right.

This novel brings to mind Hitchcock. This is the story of two women, friends in college, until an accident drives a wedge between them. Years later, Alice is living in Tangier with her husband when Lucy shows up. A twisted tale told in alternating points of view.

“This novel brings to mind Hitchcock. This is the story of two women, friends in college, until an accident drives a wedge between them. Years later, Alice is living in Tangier with her husband when Lucy shows up. A twisted tale told in alternating points of view."

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ArapahoeKristy Nov 14, 2018

The history of the relationship between the two characters is revealed when one deposits herself back into the the life of the other. Although her presence isn't really wanted, the host can't bring herself to make her intruding guest leave. This ends up bringing about consequences that each woman will deal with for the rest of their lives.

For female readers the front cover is certainly the attraction. I felt compelled to finish the book and did quite enjoy it but the ending was very strange; had to reread the first chapter to explain the ending. Flimsy plot at times.Type of book that can leave you frustratingly unsatisfied but then can't stop thinking about it. Would I have ended it differently??
Has the basis for makings of a movie I think mainly because of the 1950s setting of Tangier being of romantic appeal. Certainly different but not in the same league as Hitchcock or Daphne du Maurier. Good holiday reading.

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JimLoter
Oct 17, 2018

Enjoyable enough but a bit eye-rollingly over-the-top at points with ominous foreshadowing giving way to sinister hokeyness. The Joyce Carol Oates blurb on the cover of the library copy I read compares this work to Highsmith and Hitchcock, which is ... aspirational but not accurate. The prose and dialog are uninspired, and the descriptions of Tangier in the 1950s are not particularly evocative or atmospheric. The whole thing is more "Single White Female" than "The Talented Mr. Ripley." The shifting focus on the two equally unreliable narrators is the book's best feature, especially when each woman tells her own version of the same events. But there is very little stylistic differentiation between them - if each alternate chapter hadn't been titled either "Alice" or "Lucy," it would have been tricky to tell them apart.

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badgirls
Sep 30, 2018

So much 'buzz' about this book. It has now been optioned by George Clooney for a film. So what's not to like?
Quite a bit. It's wordy and meanders through a convoluted story with unreliable narrators.
The cover is beautiful, evocative and features one of the first super-models Suzy Parker photographed in Morocco in the 50's.
The book misses but the cover scores.

ArapahoeKati Sep 17, 2018

Quite a read, twisty and turny and well-written. When I wasn’t reading this, I was thinking about it.

JessicaGma Sep 06, 2018

It's a decent entry into the dangerous femme fatales (like Girl on a train or Gone girl) style of thriller, but it was a bit weird by the end. If you liked the others, you may like this one, but it was a bit.....wobbly by the end, and you just really want to punch the one character.

EvaELPL Aug 16, 2018

I picked this one up on a whim, and was delighted to find that it ticked all my boxes: rich sense of place, unreliable narrators, codependent female friendship, and the combined current of danger and thrill that shot through everything. This was one of those books I was disappointed to finish, because I just wanted to keep reading more of it, or something just like it.

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njwillso
Aug 05, 2018

Tangerine is about two friends who become entangled in a web of lies and deceit, with one always trying to out due the other.

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gbohomegirl7
Aug 05, 2018

I thought this book was pretty good at first. But by the time I got about halfway through, I could tell what was going to happen and didn't feel like watching it unfold. (I skimmed through the second half to see if it played out the way I expected or not--which it did.)

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lozza1401
Jul 25, 2018

This book is a combination of Talented Mr Ripley meets Casablanca meets Single White Female. I enjoyed the descriptive setting but felt there wasn't much distinction between the two points of view.

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