Tornado Weather by Deborah Elaine Kennedy

Tornado Weather

Iowa MFA graduate Deborah Kennedy tells the story of a five-year old girl who goes missing in a small town, a place where everyone knows something different about her disappearance and about each other, in a debut that brings to mind Everything I Never Told You.Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez’s father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn’t. As the bus...

Title:Tornado Weather
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ISBN:1250079578
Number of Pages:320 pages

Tornado Weather Reviews

  • Olivia

    Superb story of the people of the small town of Colliersville, Indiana. I found it amazing.

  • Michele

    A powerful book that will keep you in suspense. Lots of surprises in this book!

  • TL

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for my honest review. All my opinions are my own :)

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    3.5 stars

    A steady-paced, sometimes slow-burn of a story... very character driven, everyone with problems and flaws. A novel to be read when you can devote your full attention to it.

    The feel of this one reminded me of the

    in a way, the atmosphere and certain elements going on. A taste of the something in the air and in the people...

    Sometimes it was confusing and I had to go ba

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for my honest review. All my opinions are my own :)

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    3.5 stars

    A steady-paced, sometimes slow-burn of a story... very character driven, everyone with problems and flaws. A novel to be read when you can devote your full attention to it.

    The feel of this one reminded me of the

    in a way, the atmosphere and certain elements going on. A taste of the something in the air and in the people...

    Sometimes it was confusing and I had to go back and re-read or think on who was currently speaking but I enjoyed going along for the ride with this town and seeing how thing unfolded.

    I had a feeling what they were going to find from the very start but it didn't deter my enjoyment of the story any.

    This is more focused on the people in Colliersville than the mystery surrounding Daisy but she is still floating around (so to speak) in the thoughts of everyone in town. Some trying to help in their own way, keeping the hope alive and praying for her safe return.

    At times, the narrative felt disjointed but it fit the way everything was being told in its own way.

    The book started to drag toward the end for me... still good, just lost its steam a bit. Can't pinpoint where exactly. The POVs of different people was interesting though and saved that part of the story for me.

    The last chapter/epilogue was written beautifully but to me, felt unnecessary though one part of it did appeal to me and had me thinking.

    All in all, a very good debut novel and I would recommend. I would suggest reading it when you have maybe a couple days where you don't have any plans and can devote the time to savor it :).

    (Crappy review haha, pardon me)

  • Lewis Szymanski

    I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

    I'm so glad I randomly entered and won this giveaway.

    Set in 2010, this is a character-driven novel of life in a small Indiana town and the reaction of a community when a little girl goes missing. If you are expecting a straight narrative thread you will be disappointed. Each chapter is a character study/inner monolog of a different character.

    I loved the varied points of view and the different voices. I never wanted it to end. I wanted t

    I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

    I'm so glad I randomly entered and won this giveaway.

    Set in 2010, this is a character-driven novel of life in a small Indiana town and the reaction of a community when a little girl goes missing. If you are expecting a straight narrative thread you will be disappointed. Each chapter is a character study/inner monolog of a different character.

    I loved the varied points of view and the different voices. I never wanted it to end. I wanted to read forever about the inner thoughts and opinions of the townspeople and to see them through the eyes of their neighbors.

    I can't say enough good things about Tornado Weather, and I am eagerly awaiting Deborah Elaine Kennedy's next book.

  • Diane S ☔

    2. 5 Colliersville, Indiana, five year old Daisy Gonzalez goes missing. A handicapped young girl in a wheel chair, last seen getting off the school bus. First let me say this is not really a mystery,found the synopsis misleading, the missing girl is used as the defining characteristic to highlight a town in decline. Yoder Dairy, one of the towns leading employers has replaced all it workers with Mexican migrants and a journalist who is undercover has been sent to investigate working conditions a

    2. 5 Colliersville, Indiana, five year old Daisy Gonzalez goes missing. A handicapped young girl in a wheel chair, last seen getting off the school bus. First let me say this is not really a mystery,found the synopsis misleading, the missing girl is used as the defining characteristic to highlight a town in decline. Yoder Dairy, one of the towns leading employers has replaced all it workers with Mexican migrants and a journalist who is undercover has been sent to investigate working conditions at the dairy.

    We hear from different people in the town, more like connected short stories than a straight novel. The missing girl is referred to by some and really not mentioned n depth again until the end. The prose is good but somewhat wordy imho. We have a town that is in dire straits, racial prejudice a huge factor among others and then added to that a tornado. All these things, along with the huge cast of characters become overwhelming, and well, just too much is included here to make this a tight and focused narrative.

    This isn't too say that some of the narratives from the towns people were not interesting, they were. Some more than others. Think this author can definitely write and would probably try one of her books again.

    ARC from Netgalley and Flatiron publishers.

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