Daisy and Nick and Helena and Hughes and Ed. Endless summers, five people, one family with layers of secrets between them.
Tigers in Red Weather is always on lists of books that are ~perfect for summer~ but I’ve always missed it. When I finally saw it at a used bookstore, I grabbed it up, and was sucked in pretty much as soon as I started.
Klaussmann explores the complexities of family, marriage, love, and frienships from so many angles, and throws a murder mystery in along the way. If you’re looking for a summer read, literally everyone who has recommended this book before was right – it’s the perfect beach book!
The book opens in 1945, right after WWII, and goes all the way through the 60’s, following Nick and her husband Hughes, along with her daughter Daisy. Nick’s cousin, Helena, and her son Ed come in to play, too. You get to see the same situation from more than one perspective, but the truth isn’t always revealed as quickly as you would expect.
“They were supposed to be different, different from all the people who didn’t want things and didn’t do things and weren’t special. They were supposed to be the kind of people who said to hell with it, who threw their wine glasses into the fireplace, who jumped off cliffs. They were not supposed to be careful people.”
Some books that are told from multiple perspectives lack character depth, but Tigers in Red Weather gives you well developed characters and an amazing story line all the way through. Definitely give this a try if you’re looking for a beach book, or love a good family saga!