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More of a cat dozing in the sun than a Tiger,
This review is from: Tigers in Red Weather (Hardcover)
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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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Initial post: 4 Sep 2013 10:53:57 BDT
Rosemarie Smith says:
This book was full of promise and I was really looking forward to it as a holiday read but I agree with this review that it did not deliver. It had alot of potential and started off very well, but it lost itself and therefore it became very slow to read. There are mixed reviews but I was very disappointed with it and I could not agree with this review more. Definately a cat dozing in the sun read. This could not have summed it up more. However, I liked the descriptive writing and the author could be one to look out for in the future.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 01:26:07 BDT
Tuatha De Danaan says:
Yes me too - it sucked me in at the Nick part - I was looking forward to seeing how she got on with a baby then all of a sudden I was with Daisy. I felt short changed. Since I know this book got an advance of 650k i read on but wish I hadn't - all in all it was a bit of a waste of time - I came away with noting new in my head - the characters were forgettable and have left no lingering effect. Yes her writing was good - that was about it. The end was silly and no big bang - bit damp squib and who cares. Glad I rented it from the library ))
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