Review: Tangerine by Christine Mangan


Release: 2018
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.


27 thoughts on “Review: Tangerine by Christine Mangan

  1. Diana says:

    Great review, Annie. I have been seeing this one around. I think what attracts me to it is the time period and of course, Morocco. Glad to hear that you enjoyed reading it though even if it wasn’t unique.


  2. Renee (Itsbooktalk) says:

    Great review Annie! I still think this might be one I give a try because I do love exotic settings and you said overall it was a fun read. I’m thinking maybe the setting is what go the film rights sold since it doesn’t sound like it’s too original


  3. FictionFan says:

    What a pity! I bought into the hype and the gorgeous cover on this one, but yours isn’t the first review that’s suggested it’s good but not especially special. Oh well, I’ll be reading it soon, so at least my expectations won’t be too high going in now…


  4. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    “one of those books that appear out of nowhere and suddenly everyone is talking about.”

    You got that right? It was crazy how this book just appeared out of nowhere… I didn’t see ANY hype for this book before it was released…

    It sounds like this book might be better for those of us who do not read thrillers often, and not so much for the thriller reader veterans lol


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