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New Release Book Review: The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons

Title: The Tiger Catcherthe tiger catcher small

Author: Paullina Simons

Published: April 15th 2019

Publisher: Harper Collins AU

Pages: 464

Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary

RRP: $32.99

Rating: 4 stars

Can true love ever die? The first novel in a beautiful, heartbreaking new trilogy from Paullina Simons, the international bestselling author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman.

Julian lives a charmed life in Los Angeles. Surrounded by friends, he is young, handsome, and runs a successful business. Everything changes after he has a fateful encounter with a mysterious young woman named Josephine.

Julian’s world is turned upside down by a love affair that takes him-and everyone else in his life-by storm. For the two new lovers, the City of Angels is transformed into a magical playground.

But Josephine is not what she seems and carries secrets that threaten to tear them apart-seemingly forever.

A broken man, his faith in tatters, Julian meets a mysterious stranger who tells him how to find Josephine again if he is willing to give up everything and take a death-defying trip from which no one has ever returned.

So begins Julian and Josephine’s extraordinary adventure of love, loss, and the mystical forces that bind people across time and space. It is a journey that propels Julian toward an impossible choice which will lead him to love fulfilled … or to oblivion.

The Tiger Catcher takes readers from the depths of despair to the dizzying heights of joy in the first novel of an unforgettable trilogy of love lost and found. For all fans of OutlanderThe Time Traveler’s Wife and Jojo Moyes.


‘True love never dies’

This is the tagline featured on the front cover of The Tiger Catcher, written by Paullina Simons, best known for her international bestselling novel, The Bronze HorsemanThe Tiger Catcher is the first novel in the End of Forever saga and all three books in this series will be released this year. The Tiger Catcher is a novel that delivers a love story like no other, suspended by time, adventure and hope.

Beginning with Julian, a young man who resides in Los Angeles, Julian’s world is forever changed when he embarks on a fateful love affair with a woman named Josephine. Julian is consumed by Josephine, dropping all of his friends and commitments to be with the woman he loves. But Josephine is a woman with a bevy of secrets and these secrets will determine the couple’s final fate. Paullina Simons presents a contemporary love story with a strange twist, issuing her readers with the ultimate adventure story that crosses time, place and space. It reminds us that love often knows no bounds and for Julian in particular, his love for Josephine is going to take him to places he never would have imagined. The Tiger Catcher is a book that really sends the reader off kilter, on trek towards true love, heartbreak and hope.

Paullina Simons has a firm position in this reader’s heart. Her well known book, The Bronze Horseman has remained my favourite book of all time, despite the fact that I read it over 10 years ago. It seems some time has passed since we had a Paullina novel. In an unusual move, the release of The Tiger Catcher is to be followed by the quick succession of two more books in the new End of Forever saga and all three books in this new series will be released by the close of the year.

I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to respond to this novel, I do know I had high hopes, being a long standing Paullina fan. However, a fellow book blogger did warn me about the narrative twist in this book. I won’t go into explaining the nitty gritty of this aspect of the novel, as I would hate to venture in spoiler territory for potential readers of this series going in blind. I will say that there are subtle hints to the fantastical, mystical world, perhaps even sci fi. You do need to have quite an open mind for The Tiger Catcher, but it is well worth venturing into this wonderfully conjured world of magic and impossibility – for just a short while. I appreciated to chance to step into another world, creatively composed by Paullina Simons.

If love at first sight romance stories are your weakness, I am sure that The Tiger Catcher will draw plenty of appeal. I do love these kind of stories and I enjoyed walking in the shoes of the couple of this story. Julian and Josephine reminded me just how skilled Paullina Simons is at portraying those grand, once in lifetime style love stories. The epic, heart pounding, can’t sleep or eat kind of romances. Julian and Josephine’s love is presented extremely well by Simons and although they are not a touch on Tatiana and Alexander, I still enjoyed their journey.

In The Tiger Catcher Julian is determined to find his way back to the girl, Josephine and he downright refuses to forget her. This is where the influence of a guru of sorts, Devi, comes in the picture. Devi, along with many of the supporting cast are fleshed out well by Simons. This is where the book takes quite a dive into a completely different narrative direction.

The Tiger Catcher is certainly an emotional, swirling and mind boggling novel. It has moments of airy light and gentle humour, along with darker moment of loss and intense aching for that one person that defined your life. However, underneath it all is a strong message of  hope and longing that dreams can come true, if close your eyes and wish hard enough!

The Tiger Catcher marks a very different novel from a much loved author. I am confident that The Tiger Catcher and the following two books in the End of Forever series will be embraced by readers worldwide.

The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons was published on 15th April 2019 by Harper Collins Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of The Tiger Catcher, Paullina Simons, visit here.

*I wish to thank Harper Collins Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.


4 thoughts on “New Release Book Review: The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons

  1. I wanted to love this because I love Paullina’s books, but the two main characters were so frustrating! Josephine was downright unlikeable and Julian seemed to lose all sense but I’m still going with the second of the trilogy because she has a way of surprising you and making you fall in love with her characters, so I guess I’m hoping for a late save!


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