#Blogtour Black Water by Cormac O’Keeffe @CormacJOKeeffe @bwpublishing @LinaLanglee

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Black Water by Cormac O’Keeffe  Black and White Publishing  April 19th 2018

Tara Crowe is a young detective in a hurry. She is on a mission to clean up the gangs that rule the gritty streets alongside Dublin’s Grand Canal. To do so, she must tackle local crime boss ‘Ghost’ and his notorious crew head on. Ten-year-old Jig is the newest, and proudest, member of that crew. He’s lost his granda, his home life is chaos – all that’s left is his football and his dog, Bowie. When Jig is sent to deliver a threat for his boss, an old woman dies and all hell breaks loose. For Tara, it’s the chance she’s been waiting for, a way to finally get at Ghost. But every time she thinks she’s getting close, something gets in her way and she begins to suspect a mole in the station. Football coach Shay tries to shield boys like Jig from the Canal Gang, but before long his underworld connections
put his own family in the firing line. Shay has nothing to lose, but little to live for if he can’t hold the black waters of the canal at bay. As the violence continues to escalate with the murder of a child and a policewoman, the struggle for survival comes to a head. There will be many losers, but there can only be one winner.

Fast-paced, compelling and expertly plotted, Black Water introduces a powerful new voice in contemporary crime fiction

My review

Black Water packs a punch right from the opening pages. It takes us  away from the tourist strewn streets of Dublin to its back streets and canals. The playground of many, the streets and canals are host to numerous gangs all vying for control. The Canal Gang rule the roost, and provide the gritty characters that dominate the novel.  Head of the gang is the Lock Man, rich on his profits, hiding in his mansion, leaving the dirty work to others. His henchman is the charismatic Ghost, who lets nothing stand in his way, using young lads to carry out his errands, do his running, taking advantage of their poor backgrounds. It is his hold over ten year Jig that stirred so many emotions, that made me loathe him from the outset, that hoped he would meet a suitably nasty ending at some point in the novel!

O’Keeffe’s characterisation of Jig is brilliant. He is so wonderfully multi dimensional, tugging at my heartstrings, frustrating me the next. His is a world with no love or nurturing, no positive role models for him to look up to. I wanted to shake his parents, to make them show him some love, to look after him and protect him, but they themselves are a victim of circumstance, of their own up bringing and their environment. The only thing that shows Jig any love is his dog, Bowie and his absent Grandad. It is no wonder that Jig falls under Ghost’s spell and into the clutches of the Canal Gang.

On the other side is Shay, struggling to keep his family together, to protect his children from the violence on their doorstep. From the outset I knew that Shay didn’t belong on the back streets of Dublin, that he might be not who I thought he would be. He is a character that I instantly rooted for, wanted things to work out for, but knew that his journey would be a tough one. Shay’s role as the community football coach is his opportunity to try and give his young team a way out of the violence and the gangs, one that he tries so hard to show Jig. O’Keefe’s portrayal of Shay and Jig’s relationship is well done. I could feel Shay’s frustration and at times desperation with Jig as he tried so hard to steer him away from the Canal Gang. His sense of responsibility and need to save Jig from harm when others see Jig as mere collateral, was perhaps a way to save himself to prove that he is a good person, a way to atone for a past he wishes never happened.

Black Water is a heavily male dominated novel and I was pleased that the main female protagonist, Garda officer, Tara Crowe was more than a match for her male counterparts. Tara is portrayed as tough, hardworking and ambitious and not afraid to put herself in danger, yet never lost her femininity, or her ability to feel emotion.

Black Water may be a character driven novel but it is also a novel of our times. Every day we read of gangland killings, of younger and younger kids being pulled into drugs and knife crime, and this novel does not shy away from these matters. O’Keeffe’s background as a security correspondent adds a realism to the novel, his understanding of how gangs work, of the way of life for many families in the deprived areas of Dublin, emanated from his narrative. The imagery was bleak and dark, the tension palpable as I read and the depths to which gang members will go to protect their turf and themselves brutal to read.

There was not much opportunity to pause for breath, the pace unrelenting, the tension building to a truly explosive ending. I held my breath at one point wondering who would emerge alive, wandering what the future might hold for Jig, Shay and Crowe.

Black Water is dark, gritty and at times grim reading but it is definitely not just another crime  thriller in a vastly saturated market.  It is a novel that stands out from the rest, with real depth and intensity, and a narrative heavy with brilliant imagery. It cleverly balances social comment with a deftly realised plot that is intense and fast paced.

O’Keeffe has a bright future and I look forward to his novel.

I would like to thank Lina Langlee  and Black and White Publishing for inviting mybookishblogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Cormac O’Keeffe is the award-winning security correspondent for the Irish Examiner– work that has given him unique access to contacts in the police and the community. He has lived near Dublin’s Grand Canal for many years; his professional and personal lives inform and fuel this novel, giving it the intensity, authenticity and originality of personal experience. Cormac blogs about his writing, is a respected book reviewer and appears frequently on national radio and television.

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#Blogtour Keeper by Johana Gustawsson @JoGustawsson @OrendaBooks Translated by Maxim Jakubowski @annecater #RandomThingsTours

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Keeper by Johana Gustawsson  Orenda Books  April 28th 2018 

Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.
London 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before. Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose? Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down…

My Review

I have to put my hands up and admit that I have not read Block 46, the first book in the Roy and Castell’s series so I was not quite sure what to expect. I did wonder if I would have missed out on any vital information regarding Emily Roy and Alexis Castells but I needn’t have worried as although it would have been helpful it wasn’t essential.

Gustawsson’s two main protagonists, Emily Roy and Alexis Castells are fascinating characters. Castells, is more emotional, more open, easier to understand and certainly more likeable than Roy.  Castells is a woman damaged by past events and her involvement in a new spate of killings opens up old wounds. Roy on the other hand seemed almost like a closed book, hard nosed, practical and business like. I got the impression that it was her coping mechanism, the only way she could deal with the horrors of the cases she became involved with. What they both had in common and what I liked about them is their tenaciousness, their need and desire to discover all the answers, not only for themselves but also for others.

They are a myriad of other characters each with their own part to play, be it as a member of the investigation team or one of those being investigated. Some had deep dark secrets and you were never sure who you could believe and this is one of the reasons why I so enjoyed this novel.

What was particularly impressive was Gustawsson’s ability to weave together two timelines, and two stories from 1800’s London to present day and the effortless way in which she switched between London and Sweden. I felt a huge sense of foreboding and horror as slowly I began to make connections, to see how it might end, what the conclusions would be.

It is a long time since I have a read a book with so many twists and turns. From the discovery of the first body, Gustawsson did not allow me to draw breath, and the final twist is one that I never expected or even had any clue about.

Some of the scenes and indeed a few of the themes are described in graphic detail, but it was never misplaced, never out of context. It was a crucial element that Gustawsson used to great effect to explore a characters actions, to show the devastation someone’s background can have on them in later life.

It is a novel I will not forget in a hurry. It is a page turning and electrifying read that I absolutely loved and I cannot wait for the next installment of Roy and Castell’s.

My thanks to Orenda Books and Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to take part in the blogtour for Keeper

About the author

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Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015. Her debut, Block 46, was an award-winning, international bestseller, with Keeper following suit. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.

My thanks to Orenda Books and Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to take part in the blogtour for Keeper.

There are lots of other wonderful bloggers taking part in the Keeper blogtour, make sure you take a look!

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Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce @ajpearcewrites @picadorbooks @CamillaElworthy

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Dear Mrs Bird By AJ Pearce Picador Books April 5th 2018

London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.

Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back….

My review

Imagine applying for a job, being successful only to discover its not the job you thought it was. This is exactly what happens to Emmeline Lake, when instead of landing her dream job as a lady war correspondent, she finds herself working for the formidable and infamous agony aunt Mrs Bird. Who wants to spend their time typing responses to peoples problems, certainly not Emmy, but she decides to make the best of it. And that is what this delightful novel is all about, making the best of a war torn London in the middle of the blitz.

The characters are just wonderful. Emmy and her best friend Bunty are fun loving and vivacious, intent on having fun, but also ensuring they do their bit for the war effort, Bunty working in Government, Emmy volunteering at the fire station as well as holding down her job. They enjoy life to the full, taking the odd risk in the blackout, making light of what would have been a frightening and unpredictable time.

Mrs Bird, Emmy’s boss had me in stitches with her refusal to deal with any letters of ‘unpleasantness’, her advice forthright, the epitome of the British stiff upper lip. I loved her sense of self importance and righteousness and my imagination went into over drive at her dress sense and general appearance.

When Emmy decides to respond to some of the more unpleasant letters you just knew things would not end well and they don’t. Her relationships fall apart and Hitler’s bombing ramps up a gear with devastating consequences. It would have been very easy for the novel to descend into absolute doom and gloom but no, Pearce manages somehow, to maintain a lightness to the story, whilst never detracting from the seriousness and devastation of the Blitz.

The descriptions of war torn London were fantastic. I instantly felt myself transported there wether it be to a street devastated by bombing or a dance hall full of those trying to forget. It was heartbreaking to read of the trauma experienced by many families as bombs destroyed everything, and the bravery of the firemen, risking their lives to free those trapped in rubble.

What was extremely interesting was to read of the role many women had during the war, their lives transformed, taking centre stage as they supported the men at war, took on the jobs men would previously have occupied.

What I loved about Dear Mrs Bird was the perfect balance Pearce achieved between the serious and the fun. It never felt bogged down in the horrors of the Blitz, there was always a light and joyful tone to the writing. My  overriding impression was of being in a 1940’s film, with the unmistakable clipped speech of the characters resounding in my ears as I read.

It was a pure joy to read and I have my fingers crossed that it will be made into a TV drama series, it would make the most perfect viewing.

My thanks to Camilla Elworthy and Picador for a proof copy to read and review

About the author

AJ Pearce grew up in Hampshire and studied at the University of Sussex. A chance discovery of a 1939 woman’s magazine became the inspiration for her ever-growing collection and her first novel Dear Mrs Bird. She now lives in the south of England.

You can follow AJ Pearce on Twitter  @ajpearcewrites.

When I Hit You: or A Portrait of a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy @meenakandasamy @AtlanticBooks

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When I Hit You: or A Portrait of a Young Wife  Atlantic Books   March 1st 2018

Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a beautiful bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back–a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

At once the chronicle of an abusive marriage and a celebration of the invincible power of art, When I Hit You, is a smart, fierce and courageous take on wedlock in modern India.

My Review

We never know the narrator’s name but we do get to know about everything that happens to her.

Marriage on the rebound after a failed love affair is never a good idea, but swept along by his intellect she embarks on married life. At first all is well, as she continues her writing, communicating with her friends, hopeful of a job and being a diligent wife, but then things start to change. The man, the husband she thought she had married is no more. Restricted to thirty minutes internet per day, no control over her emails, her writing scrutinised, her every move, and action criticised and belittled, our narrator is soon trapped in a nightmare.

It is a nightmare women around the world have suffered and are still suffering. What Kandasamy has done is strip it back to the bare bones, to show not only the physical damage but also the mental damage such a marriage can have on a woman. Our narrator is kicked, punched raped, her femininity stripped away until all that is left is a shell of a woman, an object, for the enjoyment of her husband.

We come to understand that domestic abuse has no class boundaries, it doesn’t matter if we have all the money in the world or have absolutely nothing, it does nothing to  stop the mental and physical abuse against women,

We are aware that the narrator is very intelligent, a writer, a thinker and we read of her own guilt, her own self questioning as to why she endured such trauma. She is a woman who sees running away as a failure, as letting her parents down, of being constrained by what others may think, not only of her but also her family. She is in effect constrained by the society she lives in, a need to conform, to endure.

When she does finally escape, her father still finds the failure of her marriage difficult to discuss, to admit the failure to his friends. Her mother draws on the smaller things, the state of her feet, her hair, avoiding the bigger issues.

As you can imagine the novel is not a comfortable read, but oh my goodness it is good. The writing is superb, succinct and sharp, full of vivid descriptions,and brilliantly evocative. Kandasamy gets to the very heart of the narrator, her innermost thoughts, her turmoil and her pain. It was like someone looking in on themselves, arguing with themselves, justifying their actions to not only themselves but to those around them. I almost felt that our narrator was staying in the marriage as punishment for the bad decision she had made to marry him. You could sense her shame at admitting  to the failure of the marriage, at wanting to leave after such a short time. I was willing her to find the courage to leave, or for something awful to happen to her husband.

It is a novel that will live long in my mind. It is powerful, raw, emotive and harrowing but so deeply effecting. I am not surprised that it has been longlisted for the Women’s Fiction Prize and it deserves to make the shortlist

About the author

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Meena Kandasamy (b. 1984) has actively sought to combine her love for the written word with the struggle for social justice through poetry, translation, fiction and essays for the last fifteen years. Her debut collection of poems, Touch was themed around caste and untouchability, and her second, Ms Militancy, was an explosive, feminist retelling/reclaiming of Tamil and Hindu myths. Her critically acclaimed first (anti)novel,The Gypsy Goddess, smudged the line between powerful fiction and fearsome critique in narrating the 1968 massacre of forty-four landless untouchable men, women and children striking for higher wages in the village of Kilvenmani, Tanjore. Her second novel, When I Hit You: Or, The Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife, drew upon her own experience within an abusive marriage, to lift the veil on the silence that surrounds domestic violence and marital rape in modern India.

She grew up in Chennai, India where she lived most of her life before moving to London in 2016.

#Blogtour The Zero and The One by Ryan Ruby #RyanRuby @LegendPress

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The Zero and the One by Ryan Ruby  Legend Press March 13th 2018

A bookish scholarship student, Owen Whiting has high hopes of Oxford, only to find himself immediately out of place. Then he meets Zachary Foedern from New York. Rich and charismatic, Zach takes Owen under his wing, introducing him to a world Owen has only ever read about.
From Oxford to the seedy underbelly of Berlin, they dare each other to transgress the boundaries of convention and morality, until Zach proposes the greatest transgression of all: a suicide pact. But when Zach’s plans go horribly awry, Owen is left to pick up the pieces and navigate the boundaries between illusion and reality to preserve a hold on his once bright future.

My review

This is a novel that intrigued me from the very beginning and the fact it is set in Oxford and at Oxford University certainly piqued my interest. My son attends Oxford University and I wondered if Ruby would manage to capture the essence and tradition that exists. I was also intrigued to discover why two young people would embark on a suicide pact and contemplate ending their lives.

The two main protagonists Owen and Zach are from opposite ends of the social spectrum, Owen working class, very little money, and Zach, privileged, money no problem. Their personalities, Owen quiet, studious, Zach, loud more outgoing are also complete opposites, so what brought the two together?

My thoughts, and I may be wrong, are that Zach saw something in Owen that would meet his needs, a person who he could take under his wing, whom he could mould to be the person he wanted him to be. In fact Zach is quite a complex character, obsessed with the German philosopher, Abendroth, whose book, The Zero and The One, he carries around and whose theories he firmly believes in. His proposed suicide is based on the fact that it will give him freedom, relief from the stranglehold of a materialistic world. But is that all that it is about or is he hiding something more?

Owen, is less complicated, a loner with few friends who has worked hard to be at Oxford. Zach is a welcome distraction, a friend who offers something different, a more exciting life. Owen is pulled along, inextricably linked into Zach’s master suicide pact, until it all goes wrong and Zach is dead and he is alive.

The story itself alternates between Oxford and New York. I particularly liked the slow build up of tension and drama as Zach pulled Owen further and further into his plans, often seeming quite mad at times. In New York you could sense Owen’s awkwardness, as he attended Zach’s funeral, as he dealt with Zach’s parents and his twin sister Vera, who he knew nothing about.

The introduction of Vera, is brilliant, she plunges the novel into even darker recesses that are deeply disturbing and unsettling. I had sort of guessed what was Vera was going to reveal, but I still found it an uncomfortable read. This is no way detracted from my enjoyment of the novel, in fact the revelations allowed me to make sense of, and piece together the reasoning behind Zach’s actions and thoughts.

What I didn’t expect was an explosive ending that took me completely by surprise!

It is a complex novel, and some of the psychological concepts and thoughts could have been too much, but Ruby somehow managed to slip them seamlessly into the main body of the novel. The descriptions of Oxford and its many student traditions were, I am pleased to report, perfect.

With great tension between the characters and explosive drama, The Zero and The One is a novel that I found unique, and hugely enjoyable.

My thanks to Legend Press for the opportunity to read and review and Imogen Harris for the invitation to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Ryan Ruby was born in Los Angeles in 1983. He has written for The Baffler, Conjunctions, Lapham’s Quarterly, n+1, and the Paris Review Daily among other publications,
and has translated two novellas from the French for Readux Books.
He lives in Berlin.
Follow Ryan at http://www.ryanruby.info

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The Trick To Time by Kit De Waal @KitdeWaal @VikingBooksUK

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The Trick To Time by Kit De Waal  by Viking  March 29th 2018

Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage – before a sudden tragedy tears them apart.

Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again?

My Review

The second novel can always be a difficult one, especially when your first has been hugely successful and critically acclaimed. Many authors fail dismally or its simply just not as good, whilst a very few write a novel that transcends and exceeds. Kit De Waal is, in my opinion, one of the few that has written a novel better than her first. The Trick To Time, is just superb and this is why.

Lets start with the main character, Mona. We first meet Mona in a seaside town where she makes and sells wooden dolls in her small shop. Approaching sixty she is without a husband and even with a small group of friends you can sense that she is lonely. Unable to sleep well at nights she catches glimpses of a man in the flats across from her and a chance meeting sees them spending time together. It unravels a myriad of emotions in Mona as she wonders if this is what she really wants and slowly in flashbacks we learn Mona’s story.

We read of Mona’s Irish background, the death of her beloved mother, the closeness between herself and her father, and her escape to Birmingham with the promise of a more exciting life. There is happiness when she meets, falls in love and marries William before tragedy strikes. This is where the story really began and where I had to make sure I had a tissue to hand as I read.

De Waal takes us on a veritable emotional rollercoaster. There is love, loss and grief told in a narrative that pulls you in, and really makes you care for these characters, especially Mona.

Mona is hardy, strong and incredibly brave with a huge capacity for love, forgiveness and compassion. She is beautifully crafted with so much depth, so many layers that I could not help but feel a huge connection with her, one that I very rarely find in the many novels that I read.

I could clearly sense and feel her inner turmoil and anguish and hoped against hope that all would be well.

Supporting characters added humour as well as triggered memories. I particularly liked De Waal’s portrayal of the carpenter, the maker of Mona’s dolls. There was something haunting and sorrowful about him, the relationship between Mona and himself always business like until the odd touch or gesture hinted at something more.

What made this novel so special was De Waal’s ability to capture the emotion and mental torment of the characters and convey to us, the reader, in a way that was both captivating and poignant. The issues of mental health and grief are treated with a real understanding and sensitivity, the prose never overplayed, striking just the right note. There are some scenes that are incredibly moving and I was in absolute bits towards the end.

Don’t let the fact that The Trick To Time is a sad novel put you off, because you will seriously miss out on what is a beautifully written story that will stay with you for a very long time.

I have my fingers crossed that it will make the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Thank you to Viking and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review.

About the author

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Kit de Waal, born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, was brought up among the Irish community of Birmingham in the 60’s and 70’s. Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan @LittleBrownUK @hayleycamis

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Tangerine by Christine Mangan   Little Brown March 22nd 2018

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the horrific accident at Bennington, the two friends – once inseparable roommates – haven’t spoken in over a year. But Lucy is standing there, trying to make things right.

Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy, always fearless and independent, helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice – she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

My review

Recently married to husband John, Alice is not quite as enamoured of the heat and dust of Tangiers. Living as a virtual recluse their relationship slowly begins to break down. Enter former college friend Lucy, dynamic, adventurous, everything that Alice isn’t. So, why is she here, what does she want?

In alternating chapters the story of Alice and Lucy’s friendship and their college life slowly seeps out.

It is a friendship marked by tragedy, and suspicion and one I absolutely loved.

The characters are so well realised. Raised by an Aunt after the death of her parents, Alice is the quiet, more contemplative of the two, prone to ‘episodes’ or what we would nowadays term as depression.

Lucy is the complete opposite, from a background where money was scarce, she is outgoing, manipulative and full of contradictions.

Theirs is a friendship that perhaps wouldn’t have existed outside a college environment so different are their backgrounds. It is this difference and their differing characteristics that Mangan has used so brilliantly. You can sense Lucy’s jealously, her possessiveness, her determination to get what she wants at all cost. She cleverly works out how people tick, how to discover their weaknesses and use it to her advantage. In some ways I admired her cunning and manipulative mind yet disliked her at the same time.

I couldn’t help but feel huge sorrow for Alice, such a lovely young woman, so clearly misunderstood and a victim of circumstance. I wanted to shout at those around her, and could feel her desperation, so good is Mangan’s writing.

The other main character in the novel is the setting. You could feel the oppressive heat and dust of Tangiers emanate from the pages. The bustle and busyness of the markets added to the unwavering tension rippling throughout. The local characters add an extra and welcome dimension.

The psychological aspects of the novel are superb, and the twist and turns Mangan weaves complex, and I never knew quite what was going to happen next. The tension and the drama never wavers and i was quite exhausted when I eventually finished.

It is a taut, tension filled read that I absolutely loved. It will be interesting to see how George Clooney transfers the story to the big screen with Scarlett Johansson as one of the stars!

Thank you to Little Brown and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review

About the author

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Christine Mangan has her PhD in English from University College Dublin, where her thesis focused on 18th-century Gothic literature, and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Southern Maine. Tangerine is her first novel.