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Liza Klaussmann , Katherine Kellgren
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17 July 2012
The epitome of East Coast glamour, Tiger House is where the beautiful and the damned have always come to play in summer, scene of martinis and moonlit conspiracies, and newly inherited by the sleek, beguiling Nick. The Second World War is just ending, Nick's cousin Helena has left her in search of married bliss in Hollywood, and Nick's husband is coming home. Everything is about to change. Their children will surprise them. A decade later, on the cusp of adolescence, Nick's daughter and Helena's son make a sinister discovery that plunges the island's bright heat into private shadow. Summer seemed to arrive at that moment, with its mysterious mixture of salt, cold flesh and fuel. Magnificently told by each of the five characters in turn, "Tigers in Red Weather" is a simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence beneath a polished and fragile facade.
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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (17 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611130573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611130577
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,058,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With palpable tension and spot-on sensual detail, Liza Klaussmann shows us a family in the exacting wake of the Second World War. Marvelously plotted and deliciously sophisticated, this is a book I'll be raving about for a good long while!"--Paula McLain, author of "The Paris Wife" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nick and her cousin Helena have grown up together, sharing long hot summers at Tiger House. With husbands and children of their own, they keep returning. But against a background of parties, cocktails, moonlight and jazz, how long can perfection last? There is always the summer that changes everything. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a cat dozing in the sun than a Tiger 18 April 2013
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The Tigers is the name of a house on the East Coast of America.... playground of the wealthy. The novel revolves around the goings on of the families of two cousins, Nick and Helena, and is broken up into five sections, each one dealing with a member of the two families. It also hops back and forth between two decades within each section, so is, at times, a little confusing. None of the characters has anything meaningful to say or do as they move through their privileged lives from one tennis match to another, through dinner parties and drinks on the terrace. It's all very superficial and shallow; having said that, this is the reality of some members of present day society. One thing I did find irritatng is they way Helena addresses people as "Dearest" or "Dearest lamb"....it just didn't sit right. The weather is always beautiful....no rain or wind.... so presumably this is the "Red Weather" of the title. There is an underlying tension to all this, but there are no great surprises, and the actual ending is more of a fizzle than a bang.

The book is described as a "simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence" leading the would-be reader to expect much more than we actually got. I'm afraid the passion must have passed me by as I didn't notice it. Yes, it's readable in that lazy, sunny day deckchair kind of way, but there is nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering here.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everybody wins. 13 May 2013
By Lola
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I am not a fan of describing a plot of the book in the review (for which there is a synopsis), but if I were to describe it, I would have faced some difficulties. It is hard to pinpoint what is this book. It's not necessarily a love story, it's not the most exciting thriller or a journey into the psyche of a maniac, it's not even a saga of one big family. But "Tigers in Red Weather" is nevertheless a good solid read.

There are five characters, and five of them make this book sizzle and work on you, and build up and make the book a page-turner. Post-war America (somewhat a sixth character, always there) is beautifully and eloquently described, my mouth was watering at both desciptions of meals cooked by Nick and descriptions of sizzling hot summer evenings on the East Coast. There is a certain charming, almost hypnotising setting to the whole events-packed story.

"Tigers in Red Weather" is well structured and Liza Klaussmann knows her characters. She distinctly voices completely different players to the setting, they are all different, they are all alive on the pages of the story devoted to them.

But to be totally honest, overall, even though I devoured this book literally within one Saturday, I found it to be a bit weak on the conclusion. The one chapter that was saved to the end, the one that were to really grab you and answer all the questions left me a bit disappointed. But, as I mentioned before, the book is not a thriller or a study on the development of a criminal mind. And I don't think Ms Klaussmann's aim was to write some serious study on the family workings or on parents - children relationships. But she certainly enjoyed writing the book - and I certainly enjoyed reading it. Everybody wins.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Tiger burns bright 7 Oct 2012
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An eye-catching cover can do a lot for a book and so it proved with this one but it was also a spat between readers in the amazon reviews which drew me to this one. As it had obviously polarised the opinions of those involved I thought I'd see for myself what all the fuss was about...

The opening was inauspicious to be honest centring on the intoxicating but selfish and beguiling Nick adapting to her post-war marriage and trying to find ways to keep amused whilst her husband worked. This generally involved alcohol and flirting, a very unhidden talent of hers. Dryer than a James Bond Martini, this is a slow burner that gradually picked up the pace but whilst it didn't reach more than a slow canter it intrigued more and more as it progressed.

The next four sections are given over to other family members - her long-suffering husband, Hughes who turned out to be quite the dark horse and her daughter Daisy, the flower living forever in the shade of her mother. They would holiday every summer at Tiger House, a family residence with Nick's cousin Helena, married to Avery the wannabee film producer and her son Ed the reserved but slightly sinister son with a penchant for stalking and mischief.

The book is fantastically written, the seeds are sown with the introduction to Nick but then scattered as the other family members come into play and the same scenes are viewed from different angles - and attitudes. Hughes has to endure other men gathering around his wife like moths to a flame whilst Helena becomes more and more resentful towards Nick as her own marriage crumbles and she seeks solace in the pill or whisky bottle. Tennis fanatic Daisy is the weakest link if anything but her aunt and cousin are very protective of her, Ed perhaps too much so...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read with a slightly dark edge 14 Feb 2013
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'Tigers In Red Weather' is a beautifully written book, set after the Second World War it follows five different characters and tells their intertwining stories from each of their viewpoints.

We are first introduced to Nick who is a glamorous twenty-something awaiting the return of her new husband from service. We first meet her drinking gin and tonics in the garden with her cousin Helena, full of hope for her new married life in Florida. Her story moves through the hopes and ambitions and sometimes, the pitfalls and shattered dreams of marriage. Her life doesn't take the path she had hoped, and her feelings and mistakes are conveyed clearly and with empathy. She isn't the most sympathetic of characters. Indeed, you may empathise with her, or on the other hand, you may feel no connection to her and instead take against her. She is certainly a complex character, conveyed to the reader in great detail.

One of the other five sections, comes from Helena's point of view. Helena is Nick's cousin. Like her cousin, she embarks on a new life with a new husband after the war, but her story doesn't go the way she would have hoped either. Her story is quite a sad one telling of a declining, unhappy marriage. Her story, out of all of them, may be quite upsetting and at times, quite dark.

The most amusing, light-hearted and pleasing writing is given to Daisy, the spirited daughter of Nick and Hughes. She is almost certainly the most likeable of the characters. Her story is written in the simplistic way you would expect a teenager's viewpoint to be, with the simple black and white emotions of a teenager portrayed with excellent accuracy.

Hughes comes across initially as the long suffering husband of the glamorous, outgoing, and insatiable Nick.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Unhappy Family
How far back do you need to go to find the seed that was planted that lead to an event? Liza Klaussmann tells us a story that starts in 1946 with two young cousins preparing for a... Read more
Published 6 days ago by C. Bannister
5.0 out of 5 stars surprise!
I have never read a book so fast as this , what you at first think is a trashy holiday book turns out to be much more intense. Read more
Published 9 days ago by cosmeticsqueen451
3.0 out of 5 stars Edith Wharton Meets Desperate Housewifes Meets Thriller Noire
'Tigers in Red Weather' is the story of that ever-popular subject of American literature, the dysfunctional upper-middle class family. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kate Hopkins
3.0 out of 5 stars You really have to read it through to the end.
The story is very slow in places and the urge to say life's too short is great but having managed 3/4 of the book I plodded on to the end where, in the last chapter all is made... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Maude1963
3.0 out of 5 stars underwhelmed
I was really looking forward to reading this book, but was disappointed. I was expecting 'Tender is the night' /'Mad Men' type of read, which it is not. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Elena47
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
Book poorly written. Story more suitable for teenagers or early adult readers. Maybe a beach holiday read. Not for me.
Published 29 days ago by Robert J. Avent
2.0 out of 5 stars Beeline
I persevered to the end for lack of anything else to read; I think it needed further proof reading before publication.
Published 1 month ago by Altrans
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Gatsby life of endless parties and self-indulgence galore.
Houses, husbands, and midnight gin parties. Nothing's going to change. Not in any way that really matters. It will be like always. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not great...
This started well, but I found the storyline abut weak and the climax rAther predictable. Not bad, but I wouldn't rush to recommend to others
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