Quick Thoughts: Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman

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.ย 

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.


17 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman

  1. I LOVED this book (and reviewed it at http://bit.ly/10LECig). I have a soft spot for the summer cottage/love affair books with the inner struggles and family secrets (and yes, I am aware of the fact that I described almost all literary fiction). Regardless, I think she did a great job and I am looking forward to her next one!

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  2. I think I liked this one more than you did. However, everyone I know has to come down off the high of \”Gone Girl\” and the book right after \”Gone Girl\” can be nothing more than rebound material – sacrificed to the greatness of a previous lover – er, book I mean.

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  3. I have been waiting for what seems like forever for this book at my local library. I still think I'm like number 33 or something. I really need something like this with all that's going on around the holidays. I'll be able to share more when I've actually read it, but you've reminded me that I only have to wait a little longer!

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  4. This sounds like a fun summer read — maybe well-suited for a readathon? Since some other commenters seemed to really like it, maybe I'll look for it at the library (though keep my expectations of suspense low and think of it as historical fiction).

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  5. Hmm, this book sounded fascinating until I read up to the part in the description about the murder. The post-WWI, coming of age, family tension elements are intriguing, but I'm not much of a mystery/thriller reader. Might be a fun summer read though?!

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