Meet Julian. He is handsome, young and runs a successful business. And then he meets Josephine. Julian falls head over heels in love with Josephine. His world revolves around her, everything else in his life becomes secondary. But Josephine is a complex and mysterious woman and she has secrets.
Events and secrets separate Julian and Josephine, but he is unable to accept that he is separated from Josephine for ever. He sees Josephine everywhere; he wants to be reunited with her. In his search, Julian moves from the USA to the UK. His friends, whom he’s pushed away, worry about him. Julian has hit rock-bottom, when he meets a mysterious stranger who tells him he may be able to find Josephine again. He will need to give up everything. Sometimes, love requires taking risks.
‘There’s an essential conflict built into time’s very nature—that each and every event was once future, is now present and has since passed.’
Julian’s quest to find Josephine involves time travel and while time travel doesn’t always work for me, it does (mostly) in this story.
‘While Julian ate, Devi talked to him about the art of catching tigers. “You must be quiet and motionless. A tiger is a fearsome, awe-inspiring, lethal force of nature. To catch him will require everything you have. You must become fearsome and awe-inspiring yourself.”’
I don’t want to write more about the story, to spoil it for intending readers. If you are prepared to jump feet first into a work of fiction, to assume that anything may be possible and that (perhaps) true love will triumph, then you may also enjoy this novel. Just imagine. I found this novel very different from Ms Simon’s other novels, enjoyable in a different way. This is the first novel in a trilogy, and I’m very keen to read the next instalment.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
Any book by Paullina Simons is always a guaranteed good read, and The Tiger Catcher was no exception. I wont really go into the plot except to say Julian finds Josephine, loves Josephine, loses Josephine. Then, with the help of a shaman, Julian goes to find Josephine.
A lovely book, full of love, grief and angst, we follow Julian as he staggers through LA and London, and in the end he risks all to find his girl. Beautifully written, Paullina Simons captures Julian and all his emotions intimately. We feel we are on the journey with him as he withdraws from his friends and family. I found this book very hard to put down and I'll be looking out for the next installment to follow the continuing saga of Julian and Josephine. A compelling book, I recommend this one.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Julian is a slightly bored and cynical young man living an apparently charmed life in contemporary Los Angeles. His perfect life is turned upside down after a series of chance encounters with a beautiful actress. Within a matter of days Julian has dumped his girlfriend and is head over heals for the mysterious Josephine.
Their relationship hits some not entirely unexpected speed bumps and when tragedy strikes Julian does whatever it takes to be with the love of his life.
The only issue I had with this book is that I found Josephine to be really difficult to relate to and found it difficult to believe that Julian was so in love with her based on her actions throughout the novel. Hopefully her character will be explored more fully in the rest of the series.
THE TIGER CATCHER is a bit of a departure from Paullina Simons' other books. It's still an epic romance story and the same brilliant writing is evident throughout the novel, but there is definitely a new mystical element to this book. I don't wan't to provide too many spoilers, but I really enjoyed these mystical elements and love this new direction that Simons is taking.