Tangerine; Christine Mangan
Ecco and Harper Audio - 2018
Alice Shipley and Lucy Mason were once college roommates in Bennington, Vermont, but after an incident there, the two parted ways. Now Alice is married and living in Morocco, her marriage and life in general is anything but, blissful. She is uncomfortable in her new surroundings. One day Lucy Mason, the fearless, gutsy friend from her past, arrives in Tangiers unannounced. However, the visit, unbeknownst to Alice, is anything but altruistic.
Set in 1956, this tension filled psychological thriller reminded me in some ways of the movie, The Talented Mr. Ripley. The character development and setting was excellent and I enjoyed how the story played out even though certain aspects seemed a bit contrived.
Rating - 4.5/5 (audio and eGalley)
Girl in Snow; Danya Kukafka
Simon & Schuster - 2018
Set in a small Colorado town where nothing much happens, a high school girl named Lucinda Hayes, who seemed to have everything going for her is found murdered. As the investigation unfolds, so does a snapshot of three individuals connected to her in some way. There's Cameron, a socially awkward voyeur who had a crush on Lucinda and had become somewhat of a secret stalker. Then Jade, a classmate who both envied and despised Lucinda and finally, Detective Russ Fletcher, the shady character who happens to be investigating the murder.
This was a decent debut novel but, I do think it had a YA audience feel to it. I liked the way that my opinion as to who the murder might be had changed as I read. I do wish that the story was a bit more plot driven but, overall, the author did a good job.
Rating - 3.5/5 stars