Book Review

TIGERS NOT DAUGHTERS by Samantha Mabry (Out Today!)

Publication Date: 3/24/2020

Rating: 4 / 5

I received a complimentary advanced listener copy of TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS by Samantha Mabry for an honest review. Thank you to Libro FM, Recorded Books and Algonquin Young Readers for the chance to read and review!

TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS begins with a tragedy for the Torres family. The four Torres sisters are being raised by their father after their mother died in child birth with the youngest sister. Their father is needy and controlling and the sisters want out. Unfortunately the oldest sister Ana’s literal escape from the house results in her death when she falls from her bedroom window. Now, a year later, her sisters Jessica, Iridian and Rosa are still trying to cope with their grief and that of their father.

This novel was beautifully written and it was a captivating story. I have to say that I wasn’t reading it at the best of times, listening in the car during my very short commute in the past couple weeks with so few cars on the road, so my listening experience was a bit less concentrated than the story deserved. That said, even as I was jumping in and out of the story day by day, I was able to catch up with what was going on to continue the narrative.

This book blends the very realistic grief of the Torres family, both with the loss of Ana and the lingering loss of the girls’ mother, with a bit of magical realism. The girls are beginning to experience strange things and begin to suspect that Ana is still around, trying to convey a message. I have to say that I did not see all of the twists coming in this one, and the story managed to shock me a few times!

I am very glad that I had the chance to listen to this novel and would recommend it. TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS is out today!

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