The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech @louisewriter @orendabooks #blogtour #review

I’m thrilled to be hosting the blog tour for Louise Beech’s The Lion Tamer Who Lost. I loved Mrs Beech’s previous novels and early reactions to this latest offering made me desperate to read it!

Humongous thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of The Lion Tamer Who Lost.

The Blurb

Be careful what you wish for…

Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…

Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?

What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?

A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…

What Did I Think?

Where do I start with The Lion Tamer Who Lost? Louise Beech has not ceased to amaze me at her story telling! This is so different to her previous novels and yet I could tell it was written by Mrs Beech.

I loved the setting of the lion reserve. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book set in a location that evokes such imagery. The idea of working on a lion reserve sounds amazing but equally dangerous. Mrs Beech gets this risk across through the warnings given by reserve leader Stig.

The relationship between Ben and Lucy really got to me. As a parent I understood where Ben was coming from. You raise a child and then suddenly they don’t turn back to say goodbye, they have their friends, their pride and they don’t need their mum (well in Ben’s case, dad).

I really liked Ben as a character. He doesn’t do things by halves especially relationships. Each and every one is complex in it’s own way. The struggle with his emotions tugged at my heartstrings. I loved the use of the mis-words…

I was intrigued what Andrew’s wish was that is referenced in the blurb. Just like Andrew, when I found out I wished he hadn’t wished it. It left me numb, stunned.

Mrs Beech can slip in a plot twist which isn’t a plot twist but is. She writes it in such a way it feels natural but my heart felt tight as I read. I for one knows life can be cruel and Mrs Beech has impeccably placed one of life’s evil twists into her story.

By the end of the book I was a mess of emotions! I want to cry but smile at the brilliance of the writing. Another beautifully written book from Mrs Beech. I don’t know how she does it!

Because we all want to stay in the place we’re loved.

Who Is Louise Beech?

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be
was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in
My Shoe
was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Her third book, Maria in
the Moon
, was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. Her short fiction has
won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the
Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport
Prize twice.

Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.

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