33123864The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable room mates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. 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

I’m not going to lie, I went for this book purely for the cover, I loved it’s 1950s Hollywood type photo still. When I checked out the synopsis and saw comparisons to the Talented Mr Ripley and of course Genuine Fraud I knew I’d enjoy it.

I really did enjoy this psychological thriller set in 1950s Tangier, Morocco. I loved the slow build up of tension right from the start, never letting up until the end. I flipped through the pages so quickly trying to work out what on earth was going on, who was telling the truth and who was hiding secrets. Why had Lucy suddenly arrived, what happened over a year ago and what was going on with Alice’s husband John?

A skilfully told and executed tale of obsession, manipulation, and the unravelling of a delicate mind. Thoroughly recommended for lovers of psychological thrillers.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Little Brown Group UK for my digital copy.