Book Review: Tiger – 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.

I picked this book up a several times with no luck, continually putting it back down, but constantly being drawn back to it. I picked it up again during quarantine and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was definitely the right time for me to pick it up and I’m so glad that I waited until now because I really got to enjoy it so much more than I would have if I forced myself to read it the first time around.

This book is written in four parts, five if you include the prologue, each from a different characters perspective. I liked this aspect of the book as it was a unique way of telling the story and it really got me hooked. It added a little bit of mystery to the story, making you read it all to see how it’s all connected. I really did enjoy this book and I haven’t stopped discussing it, to the point that now I’m forcing my partner to read it, because I think he’ll enjoy it, plus I’ll get to talk about it some more.

It’s the first of Polly Clark’s works I’ve read, but after reading this and seeing her style, I’m really interested to read some more by her to see if this is something that she does or if this was a one of.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Amazon Vine for providing me with free copies of this book in exchange from and honest and unbiased review of the book

Published by ShayneysReviews

Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Tiger – Polly Clark

  1. Although I’m not really a fan of books with multiple viewpoints, when done right they can be amazing. This sounds like one of those books. Intriguing. Another is one called Goldfish Bowl a normal story about all these different people in an apartment building and a goldfish who falls out of his bowl. As the story goes on and on now and again his chapter pops up and we see how far he is on his journey to the ground.

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    1. That does sound interesting and somewhat similar to this book. It’s a style I don’t often see, and like you said, when it’s done right it’s really good. If you enjoyed that book then I think that you should enjoy this book. Nathan’s going to be reading this now when he’s finished his current book, so I get to talk about it more with him.


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