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'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

The perfect read 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 241 x 28mm | 558g
  • Little, Brown
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408709996
  • 9781408709993
  • 171,410

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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 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 * Daily Mail * Assured and atmospheric * 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 * Independent i * 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 * Observer * An assured and atmospheric debut * Guardian * A helluva tense read . . . Tangerine by Christine Mangan doesn't disappoint * Sunday Telegraph * Atmospheric . . . echoes of other writers, most notably Patricia Highsmith, are ever present * Sunday Times * The plot unfolds as a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley and The Girl on the Train * Telegraph * A satisfying, juicy thriller . . . knows all the notes to hit to create lush, sinister atmosphere and to prolong suspense * New York Times * A tightly wound debut that will leave you breathless * Evening Standard * An eerie filmic debut that reminded me of Patricia Highsmith -- India Knight * Sunday Times * A sultry, Ripley-esque tale of manipulation and obsession. * Tatler *
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About Christine Mangan

Christine Mangan has her PhD in English from University College Dublin, where her thesis focused on 18th-century Gothic literature, and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Southern Maine. Tangerine is her first novel.
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