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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Right After the Weather by Carol Anshaw

 Release Date - October 2019


I have a folder of books that I tried to get into and just couldn't. Every now and then, I like to circle back to them and see if I have better luck. Right After the Weather is one of those books.

Chicagoan Cate is a Chicago set designer ready for a change. Her ex-husband currently lives with her, she's designing the set for a production she cannot see being a success, and she's trying to make the most of her current relationship. She's ready to stop depending on her parents and finally grow up, even if she's in her 40s. 

Neale is Cate's best friend. She's a yoga instructor with a teen son and a life Cate would love to have.  And then the unimaginable hits and Cate is forced to do things she never imagined doing. She arrives at Neale's home to find Neale being assaulted. She takes immediate and drastic actions, actions that leave a man dead.

Cate and her closest friends now realize she's capable of extreme violence. It shifts their dynamics and leaves their world changed. Getting back to the way things used to be may not be possible, so how do they move on?

While I loved the premise in Right After the Weather, the delivery came off as disjointed to me. The choppiness distracted me, and that's why it took me so long to finish it. 

The other aspect I struggled with was how long it takes to get to the heart of the story. The assault doesn't happen early into the book. About half of the book is spent building up Cate's life and relationships. That led to a very slow pace that kept losing me. I struggled to stay interested, which ended up being a letdown. 

While the writing is strong, the pacing and choppiness distracted me. It ended up being a miss for that reason.

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