Book Review

Tiger by Polly Clark


Set across two continents, Tiger is a sweeping story of survival and redeeming love that plunges the reader into one of the world’s last wildernesses with blistering authenticity. 

Frieda is a primatologist, sensitive and solitary, until a violent attack shatters her ordered world. In her new role as a zookeeper, she confronts a very different ward: an injured wild tiger.

Deep in the Siberian taiga, Tomas, a Russian conservationist, fears that the natural order has toppled. The king tiger has been killed by poachers and a spectacular tigress now patrols his vast territory as her own.

In a winter of treacherous competition, the path of the tigress and her cub crosses with an Udeghe huntress and her daughter. Vengeance must follow, and the fates of both tigers and people are transformed.

Learning of her tiger’s past offers Frieda the chance of freedom. Faced with the savage forces of nature, she must trust to her instinct and, like the tiger, find a way to live in the world.

My Review:

Happy publication day to Tiger by Polly Clark. A book and novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and loved!

It is told from three different perspectives; Frieda a zookeeper in Cornwall; Tomas a conservationist in Siberia; Edit who has left her husband in Undeghe to start a new life.

I enjoyed all three perspectives equally. Three different continents, three different background and three different stories. They all central around one common theme – Tiger.

If you think about the words we use to describe Tiger, they will be “elegant”, “clever” and “solitary”. This is exactly what this book feels like to me. An intelligent and sublime literary gem. I love the vivid portray of the atmospheric Siberia wild, I feel the choking sense of loneliness and finally I adore the assuring comfort of the Tiger companion. The writing is majestic and the story flows like a well-orchestrated symphony. Indeed a book I thoroughly enjoyed!

Tiger is out today and make sure you also check out what other book bloggers are saying about this book!

Thank you so much Ana, Katya and Quercus Books for sending this beautiful copy for me to review.

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