Publisher: Ecco, Harper Collins
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
I had been highly anticipating this book after seeing it featured on so many blogs. Tangerine by Christine Magan is certainly one of the most talked about novels this year, one of those books that appear out of nowhere and suddenly everyone is talking about. I was kind of dubious too, for reviews were mixed to say the least.
In the end, I believe I can say that Tangerine was a pretty entertaining book overall: I liked Christine Mangan’s writing, loved the setting and I was never bored when reading about Alice and Lucy’s story. Lucy was fascinating in her own way. As for the plot, this is the classic stalker-psychological-thriller-book featuring a woman who is obsessed with another one and does everything in her hands to have her all for herself. The change? The book is set in Tangier, in 1956.
Even though this was more than a decent read, I don’t really understand all the fuss, as I’ve read countless of similar books in the past. Does Tangerine feature a unique story? Not at all. Does it include a shocking ending? Nope. Is it a fun read? Well, yes, it is, at least in my humble opinion. And of course, the setting, Morocco, will turn this story into a beautiful-looking and captivating film, there’s no doubt about that.
If you love the psychological thriller genre and exotic book settings, I’d recommend this book for a fun, well-written beach read. However, keep in mind that you shouldn’t grab Christine Mangan’s Tangerine looking for something surprising or original, because I don’t think you’ll find that here. Unless you’re new to the thriller genre, that is.