Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: July 2012
Categories: Coming of Age, Suspense, Literary
Source: Public Library
Description via Indiebound.org:
Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha’s Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second World War, the world seems to offer itself up, and the two women are on the cusp of their ‘real lives’: Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own young husband, Hughes, about to return from the war.
Soon the gilt begins to crack. Helena’s husband is not the man he seemed to be, and Hughes has returned from the war distant, his inner light curtained over. On the brink of the 1960s, back at Tiger House, Nick and Helena–with their children, Daisy and Ed–try to recapture that sense of possibility. But when Daisy and Ed discover the victim of a brutal murder, the intrusion of violence causes everything to unravel. The members of the family spin out of their prescribed orbits, secrets come to light, and nothing about their lives will ever be the same.
My Quick Thoughts:
- This is told from different characters viewpoints. I liked Nick’s section best and missed her voice throughout the rest of the read.
- Hughes was wooden. Helena was a boozy stereotype. Ed was one dimensional. Meh.
- This didn’t read like a suspense to me…until the last few chapters. In fact, I was surprised to see the big red SUSPENSE sticker on the spine when I was halfway through the book.
- I would take this one for what it is, a nice and easy read that doesn’t strain your brain.