Genre: Historical Thriller
Rating: 4.0/5.0 Stars
Main Takeaway: A suspenseful, page-turning, tragic noir in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock. Highly Recommend!
Alice thought she could escape the horrors she endured her senior year at Bennington College by moving as far away as possible. So when she marries John and moves to Tangier, Morocco, the last person she expects to see on her doorstep is Lucy, her college roommate. Lucy travelled all the way to Tangier to try to make amends with Alice and restore the close friendship they once had, but Lucy’s presence brings terrible memories to the surface for Alice. And when John goes missing, it seems to Alice as if history is repeating itself.
My only regret with this book is that I did not read it sooner. Mangan masterfully builds suspense and the horror involved in deep obsession. Watching the relationship between Alice and Lucy unfold was exciting and terrifying, as Mangan gives you the clues you need, slowly, little by little, showing you the toxicity and violence inherent there. Tangerine reads like a movie – enthralling, visceral, present – and as I read this novel, I imagined it all as a black-and-white noir film in my head.
What I loved about this novel is that it did not fall trap to the happily-ever-after trope. Tangerine is tragic from the very start, and so tragic this story had to be. I felt myself screaming along with Alice in frustration at certain points, amazed by the incredulity of it all, the loneliness she must’ve felt, the fear.
Tangerine is a quick, fun, and suspenseful page-turner that I loved from the very start. Fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, and Alfred Hitchcock will love this novel. Tangerine is currently in talks for movie adaptation, a fate this book was born for, and I cannot wait to find out more!