Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction
In Tangerine, Alice is unhappy with her life in Tangier, Morocco. The beautiful, warm city cannot seem to let her breathe and she loathes to leave her flat – but the arrival of her old friend Lucy is about to change all of this, although perhaps not for the better.
This is a very atmospheric, glamorous read, one of those books set in the suffocating heat that make you feel suffocated, too. I didn’t know what to think of this book in the beginning, the plot and writing style giving off vibes of The Talented Mr. Ripley, Based on a True Story and Bitter Orange, so it did not feel original. The plot twists were not difficult to foresee either and, although entertaining, I did not think the book was particularly unique or excellent.
But the last 50 pages or so changed my opinion completely, as I did not think that it would end the way it did – that alone changed my rating from 3 to 4 stars. I also loved that this book is F/F, although it feels clearly written by a straight woman. Still, I really enjoyed the difficult friendship-enmity-romance between the two main characters.
I recommend this book for fans of glamorous historical fiction with lots of mystery and a bit of psychological thriller (but it’s not a thriller per se). If you liked the three books I mentioned above, you’ll enjoy this one too! I really liked this and I think it’s a great book to read on Summer vacation, lazily sipping a cool drink.