Recommend Tigers in Red Weather to anyone looking for a tale of magic, elegance and longing.
Set on the backdrop of the daring jazz age, the story follows five characters, told from each point of view in turn. Often I find this interrupts the flow of the story, but Klaussmann clearly has a talent for intertwining stories, and the result is spectacular. The characters lives are so intrinsically wound together, it just works. A cliffhanger left by one character will be answered by another in a fresh and surprising point of view – and there are plenty of cliffhangers throughout the story!
Much like Gatsby, the tale starts with the audience thinking the characters have it all – wealth, love, family, beauty – but as the story unfolds, we find a deeply unsettled and unhappy group of people, hiding behind cocktail parties and fancy clothes. In this respect, it might not seem the most original story; however, the ongoing story of a mysterious and brutal murder throughout the plot creates suspense, intrigue and above all, a brilliant climax as the story is told by its final character.
I wouldn’t say I was gripped by Tigers in Red Weather until the final section. However, that’s not to say I didn’t love the book. The way Klaussmann creates her characters is quite brilliant, and the jumping across decades and characters keeps the plot interesting and fast paced. I’m a fan of anything from these eras, and this did not disappoint!