Sunday, 21 July 2019

Book Review - The Thunder Girls by Melanie Blake

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Title: The Thunder Girls
Author: Melanie Blake
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: EDPR 
Publisher: Pan
Publication Date: 11th July 2019
Rating: 5 Stars


Chrissie, Roxanne, Carly and Anita, an eighties pop sensation outselling and out-classing their competition. Until it all comes to an abrupt end and three of their careers are over, and so is their friendship.


Thirty years later, their old record label wants the band back together for a huge money-making concert. But the wounds are deep and some need this gig more than others.

In those decades apart life was far from the dream they were living as members of The Thunder Girls. Breakdowns, bankruptcy, addiction and divorce have been a constant part of their lives. They’ve been to hell and back, and some are still there.


Can the past be laid to rest for a price, or is there more to this reunion than any of them could possibly know? Whilst they all hunger for a taste of success a second time around, someone is plotting their downfall in the deadliest way possible . . 

From the second this book and its press release dropped through my door, I knew it was exactly the sort of book I absolutely love to read and my only question was whether I was going to resist reading it before I went on holiday as I really is the perfect poolside / holiday read.   

Well let's just say first opportunity to sit in the garden, in blazing heat and I figured it was a good time to start reading. An hour or so later I had read the first 150 pages and knew I was hooked. 

And wow what a debut, it is clear that Melanie Blake knows what she is talking about when it comes to the music industry.  I felt as though I had been on this roller coaster of a journey alongside all 4 of The Thunder Girls. 

Once you had the basic grounding of the story, seeing how and why the group split up in the 80s, and there various present day situations you are properly suckered into the story with so so many different threads, many characters and and just wow...

... how many secrets, revelations, lies, double crossings, revenge. back stabbing, bitching and all that assorted themes can you fit into one book.   I mean every time you looked around another sucker punch came at you giving you a vital new piece of information. 

Arguably this book needs a second read just to see if I can work out sooner how it was all put together but then again it would lose the moments where I was on a train an mouthing swear words because I hadn't seen something coming. 

There is just so much going on, you are not sure who to trust, who will end up in what situation and whether or not the Thunder Girls will ever realise their dreams of playing at Wembley! 

This is a rock and roll blockbuster that if you, like me a huge fan of big summer blockbuster books that would make a wonderful film too,  that are full of incredibly strong female characters - even if the don't see eye to eye the whole time - then this book is for you.   

I really hope to see it everywhere when i'm on holiday as it really is for me one of those wonderful escape into a completely different  lifestyle sorts of story, that you can sink in between the pages for. 

Absorbing, engaging, unpredictable, what an absolute roller coaster of a book.  I loved every last second and am desperately hoping that Melanie Blake goes on to write more.  I'll be first in line to read them! 

Thank you to EDPR for my copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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