Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

I received a galley of this novel from NetGalley for review. This in no way affected my opinions.

Tigers in Red Weather is the story of one New England family told from the point-of-view of five family members over the course of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

Instead of going back and forth between family members, the book is separated into five sections: one section for each family member. Doing it that way, we're constantly going back to a year in which we've already seen from another family member. We're constantly jumping from year to year, years that take place over three decades. It's the story of two cousin: Nick and Helena, and their families.

I liked that the story took place in Massachusetts. I enjoy reading a book and recognizing the names of places. The writing gave you the feel for the year you were in, while not having to shove useless historical details down your throat. And the descriptions of Martha's Vineyard definitely felt like you were there.

There are some family secrets, and a murder thrown in. However, nothing was really mind grabbing; just a series of misunderstandings. And the characters, none of them were really likeable, and I honestly didn't feel sorry for most of them. Although, while unlikable, they were definitely realistic.

I don't know, I guess I was expecting more, especially with all the glowing reviews. I did like the book, but I guess I felt let down, especially by the ending. The book started out good, but then it just got weird. I suppose I sort of felt unfulfilled when I finished. I felt it was kind of short, and maybe could have been longer.

Still, a decent read. While it might not have been my cup of tea, it may be yours.


Anne said...

I did not care for the murder mystery in this one and I agree the characters were not very likable, but I thought the author did an excellent job of making all five characters realistic and interesting.

Audra said...

Thanks for the honest review -- I might pass on this one. The gorgeous cover got me but what you described doesn't really grab me...

Marg said...

I do love the cover of this one. Not sure the story inside the covers will work for me though.