Book Review: Tangerine by Christine Mangan (2018)
Bronze Anthology Book Review
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (Suspense 2018)
The quote on the cover by Joyce Carol Oates, regarding Donna Tartt and Gillian Flynn, could not be more accurate – it is ‘The Secret History’ meets ‘Gone Girl.’ It is frustrating and unnerving, but only because the story grabs you and does not let go.
In Three Words
The writing is descriptive and clear, like Donna Tartt and Gillian Flynn. The story flips back and forth between the perspectives of the two main characters, Alice and Lucy, which enhances the foreboding and clandestine tone. It also flips between the present (1950’s in Tangier) and the past (a few years prior in Vermont). The back and forth between characters and times and places slowly reveals the pieces of the story and builds up to an unsettling ending, which for any good thriller book is ideal.
Our Bronze Star Rating
This is a fun read for anyone that enjoys a psychological thriller with a Casablanca feel; for example, it makes for a great addition to the poolside or while on vacation. It is not a good read for anyone who doesn’t have time to finish the story in a few days – it cannot be put down and picked up days later. Instead, set some time aside and become engrossed in the storyline. Overall, it is a four bronze star read; minus one star, because it is somewhat predictable, but again it is completely engrossing.