Tiger in a Cage

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Tiger in a Cage is a literary romance novel with a strong baroque narrative. The story centres around Molly. Her narrative is a mix of past and present, with passages of fond reminiscence of the friends and neighbours she met at Combe Close entwined with current day narrative of her life as a widower.

This is not my preferred genre, but the writing was excellent, if a bit flowery for my liking. I really enjoyed the character descriptions in this book. Every character was painted in vivid mental watercolours. Allie Cresswell knows how to describe characters so that they come alive in your mind.

Unfortunately, I found there to be too much reminiscing. It took me longer to read this book than I had intended, mainly because I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I would have preferred a closer narrative when the Combe Close characters were introduced. It also watered down the main plot, which might have been a more thrilling ride were it not for this.

If you enjoy literary romances and excellent writing, then I would highly recommend this book.

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Ronel van Tonder

Ronel van Tonder is a science fiction author from South Africa. Having recently completed her dark, dystopian sci-fi trilogy, The Corrupted SUN Script, she's hard at work penning a new standalone sci-fi novel, The Seventh Glitch. When she's not writing, Ronel spends her free time slaying rendered baddies in the form of robots, gangsters and aliens - with any weapon that happens to be at hand.