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Very enjoyable read,
This review is from: Tigers in Red Weather (Hardcover)
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Tigers in Red Weather is a definite cut above the usual beach holiday read - which I expected it to be. It starts off with the potentially glamorous marriage of Nick and Hughes, full of wonderful details about American life just after the 2nd World War. Whoever makes Tomato Aspic nowadays ? but it plays a big part in signifying the way in which this marriage is sliding into disappointment (shades of the wonderful Revolutionary Road).
Then suddenly there is a twist, the point of view changes, there is a grisly murder amongst the gin soaked holiday makers on Long Island and we are off on a well plotted and pacey murder mystery. There are enjoyable Mad Men or Desperate Housewives aspects to this book, and I loved the descriptions of clothes, food, homes and the prickly social mores of the time.
The book is told in total by 5 different characters, an approach that reminded me of another favourite book A Visit from the Goon Squad. This gives it an extra edge as you know that what you were told by one narrator could be turned on its head by the next one. The other thing that gets this to 5 stars for me is Lisa Klaussmann's style - she writes very well, with a good mix of journalistic brevity to convey the plot, and convincing descriptions , sometimes poetic, that really convey the times and emotions of her characters. It would make a great film!