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Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Set in the mid-1950s, Tangerine by Christine Mangan is a sweaty, claustrophobic, literary psychological thriller with shades of Patricia Highsmith and a plot reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock. Alice Shipley is a newly married housewife in her early 20s and has moved with her somewhat older husband John to Tangier, Morocco, where he has a job. Nervous, fearful Alice hates the city - the crowds, the unfamiliar produce in the local market, the confusing, winding streets and the heat all frighten her, and she soon becomes gripped by agoraphobia, confined to her apartment day after day while John is - apparently - working.
One day, she's shocked to discover that her college room mate, Lucy, has arrived in Tangier too. Lucy is capable, independent and seems to be at home in Tangier's caf├ęs and medinas, and she immediately sees that there's something not right about Alice's marriage. On the face of it, she seems the ideal person to bring Alice out of her shell, and help her to…

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