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As a prolific general and historical fiction reader, some of my favourite books to read are those about ever-so-slightly pretentious social groups. From the Upper East Side circles (the Gossip Girl series remains one of my all-time favourite since I first gobbled them up at the age of 13!) to tomes about entitled housewives in the States post-war, I love them.
Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann falls into the latter category. A breathtaking dip into the world of a bored housewives in a post-war New England.
Having grown up sharing summer heat, boat docks and midnight gin parties at an old family estate – Tiger House – cousins Nick and Helena are on the cusp of their Real Lives.
Tigers in Red Weather encapsulates the intertwining lives of Nick and Helena; Helena is off to Hollywood and a shiny new marriage, whilst Nick is about to reunite with her husband Hughes, who is about to return from his war draft.
Post-war, the magic of their lives begin to show cracks. Helena’s husband isn’t quite who she thought he was. Nick and Hughes struggle to reconnect after his draft. And, upon reunion, Nick and Helena’s children uncover a brutal murder that will irrevocably bind their childhoods in a brutal manner.
Tigers in Red Weather is told from five points of view. I don’t typically enjoy these first-person narratives from multiple characters, but it worked well in this instance. Klaussmann depicts each character with razor-sharp precision and leaves just enough to the imagination. In many instances, you learn more about each character, through other characters’ perspectives.
Captivating, elegantly told and perfectly suspenseful to the end, I raced through this book in all of two weeks this summer. It’s a heady, glamorous and scandalous story with plenty of mystery woven throughout. I often find ‘mystery’ novels to fall short at the one-third mark but Tigers in Red Weather kept its pace and I’d find myself ekeing out reading sprints for just ‘one more chapter’, constantly.
Meticulously detailed, I’d recommend this book to any fellow historical fiction fan. It hit the mark perfectly for an engrossing summer read.
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