Review: Tangerine, by Christine Mangan

tangerine christine manganRating: ★★★★☆

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. RipleyBased 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.

9 thoughts on “Review: Tangerine, by Christine Mangan

  1. I am glad you liked this one! I also thought it was hard not to compare this book to The Talented Mr Ripley. It was a very enjoyable read. If I find a book enjoyable, but somewhat flawed, I still give it four stars because I figure that is what books are designed to do – entertain us, so I am also generous in this respect.


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