Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna


Tiger HillsReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Taking readers to the Coorg District of Southern India during British Rule, Mandanna uses vivid writing to really give the reader a sense of time and place. The setting of the book both its time period and location are the real strengths of Tiger Hills and what sets it apart.

Although the pacing of the story is fairly slow for about the first third of the book, the descriptive phrasing made the story truly come to life. The tale itself is a common one of a love triangle between the well bred daughter, Devi, the first girl born in the family for several generations, her childhood friend, Devanna, a boy whose family situation has placed him outskirts of polite society and Muthi, a much older man known for having killed a tiger. As the plot becomes more complicated, the pace picks up quite a bit. While the outcome of the plot won’t come as any surprise to readers, the author has done a fairly good job of spinning an interesting tale of how the it all plays out.

The third part of the book focuses on the next generation of the characters. I really wish the author would have ended the book before this part and perhaps made this “Book Two” in a series. It is not as well written either in plot of descriptiveness. In some ways, it had a rushed feeling to it as though the author felt she needed to flesh the book out by following through with what happened next. For me she didn’t and shouldn’t have. As it stands though, the third part is fine, just not up to the rest of the book.

What is almost unforgiveable though is the epilogue which seems to be almost a “do over” for a fairly significant plot line in the book. I would strongly suggest skipping the epilogue altogether.

I would think readers of the Beverly Cleverly books set in India and people who liked the The Far Pavillion series would find Tiger Hills a very enjoyable read.

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