Published: August 2012
What They Say: The epitome of East Coast glamour, Tiger House is where the beautiful and the damned have always come to play in summer, scene of martinis and moonlit conspiracies, and newly inherited by the sleek, beguiling Nick. The Second World War is just ending, Nick’s cousin Helena has left her in search of married bliss in Hollywood, and Nick’s husband is coming home. Everything is about to change. Their children will surprise them. A decade later, on the cusp of adolescence, Nick’s daughter and Helena’s son make a sinister discovery that plunges the island’s bright heat into private shadow. Summer seemed to arrive at that moment, with its mysterious mixture of salt, cold flesh and fuel. Magnificently told by each of the five characters in turn, Tigers in Red Weather is a simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence beneath a polished and fragile facade.
What Sheli Says:
Tigers in Red Weather is a well written story that is reminiscent of The Great Gatsby.
It has parties and glamour, love and betrayal and a murder thrown into the mix too. The story is told over about 20 years and is told from a number of characters’ points of view. I like this style of writing, but found some parts of the book a little repetitive as a result.
I enjoyed reading the book although I felt it could have been a little shorter. There are some great twists throughout the story that depicts both America and London during and after the war in a very vivid way. The writing is really great and really brings the story into full colour for the reader.
A good book, that like Gatsby, didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but none the less has a good story and fantastic writing.
I received this book as a review copy from Lovereading.
Sheli's Rating: 6/10
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