Tangerine by Christine Mangan is a thriller on everyone’s must-read list for 2018. Descriptions of the novel include “Hitchcockian, exotic, haunting, suspenseful, eerie, etc.” and it’s set to become a movie produced by George Clooney and tentatively staring Scarlett Johansson. With thrillers, the less you know the better. For instance, with Gone Girl, I knew next to nothing about the plot, just again, that it was on everyone’s must-read list. Luckily, I didn’t know anything going in because that one certainly takes you on a wild, disturbing ride.
Here’s the synopsis for Tangerine (don’t worry, it doesn’t give much away):
The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. 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.
There’s a The Talented Mr. Ripley vibe to Tangerine.
Besides the novel taking place in Tangier, the year is 1956, which adds plenty of extra layers to the story. Being a woman in the ’50s is quite different than 2018. I’m intrigued about Alice and Lucy’s prior relationship, the accident that broke their friendship and what happens to John? Check back soon for my review!
*Update – Here is my spoiler-free review.