‘Tigers in Red Weather’ by Liza Klaussman

'Tigers in Red Weather' by Liza Klaussman

First, I have the utmost respect for creativity. I myself am a creative. I know how hard it is to create something, to pull something from your heart and then throw it out into the world – garnering either applause or criticism.

Second, I have the utmost respect for the person who can sit down and create a story and a character and an existence out of nothing. It takes a lot of motivation and time and much more focus than I have ever been able to muster.

Third, I do not normally write negative reviews on this blog. If I don’t like a book I just don’t talk about it. Like my mother – and I am sure every mother in America say, ‘If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’ However, since this is a salon in which I really do want to garner debate and share ideals, I have decided to break the quiet and tell the truth.

I hated this book. I hated it. I read it to the very last page because I wanted to know what would happen, but as I read each page getting closer and closer to the end, I hated it a little more. Until, finally, I was completed, I dropped it on the floor and I exclaimed, ‘Yep, hated that.’

'Tigers in Red Weather' by Liza Klaussman

All in all the book was well-written grammatically and well-edited. It was a different yet interesting story, just not the sort of story I tend to enjoy. To tell the truth, if the book jacket summary was more accurate about the actual plot I would not have read this book at all. I feel as though the book jacket was selling a story, and then wham, bam the author is actually writing something else entirely. Maybe I should have done more research on the tale before reading it, but I was so taken in by the glorious cover art (pictured on right) that I just dived right in – much to my later chagrin.

Liza Klaussman, the author, is most definitely a talented writer, offering beautiful phrases and passages – for example this passage that I absolutely love and find to be very relatable.

‘No, everything was new now, just waiting to be discovered. And she would … She was hungry for it, she would stuff the whole world into her mouth and bite down.’

I just found the book in general to be very pessimistic, negative and dark. And – HERE COMES A SPOILER – there is a serial killer in the tale. Now, something like that should be referenced in the book jacket – instead of simply promoting this book as a tale of two women. This book was actually told from multiple point of views, and the two women – I would argue – are not even really the main characters.

I am trying to talk my husband into reading this – as he has a background in psychology and believe he might enjoy this book more than I ever could. If you decide to read this book, friends, I would love to hear your take.

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 1 {out of 5} stars  |  ★☆☆☆☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 1 {out of 5} stars  |  ★☆☆☆☆
RATING: 1 {out of 5} stars  |  ★☆☆☆☆

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