Penned by Liza Klaussmann, Tigers in Red Weather depicts the intertwining lives of two cousins, Nick and Helena. Having grown up sharing summer heat, boat docks and midnight gin parties in an old family estate known as Tiger House, the pair are on the cusp of their ‘real lives’: Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is about to reunite with her husband, Hughes, about to return from the war.
Post-war, the magic of their life begins to show cracks. Helena’s husband isn’t quite who she thought he was, Nick and Hughes struggle to reconnect, and once reunited, Nick and Helena’s children – Daisy and Ed – discover a brutal murder, binding their childhood to brutality and invasion.
The story is unravelled from five points of view, Nick and Helena, their children Daisy and Ed, and also from Hughes. Captivating, elegant and suspenseful, I sped through this number in all of about two weeks this summer. I’d highly recommend this to any reader, it hits the mark with a number of genres, and is an incredibly well-written, meticulously detailed read.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Tigers in Red Weather to read and review. All thoughts expressed are honest and my own.