I received a copy of this book from the publicist in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
A girl band from the eighties! Drama! A frosty reunion! The blurb of The Thunder Girls promises a lot of themes I usually love in books, so I was so happy to be included in the blog tour for it. Read on to find out if the book matched my expectations.
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 . . .
Eighties pop music girl band, The Thunder Girls, break up suddenly, right when they’re in their prime. One of the girls’ betrayal causes the others’ careers to come to a grinding halt along with their friendship. 30 years later, their record label tries to get the old band back together, resulting in the reopening of past wounds and fights. How the girls lay the past to rest and try to move on with their lives forms the rest of the story.
When I first received the PR for The Thunder Girls, I thought it would be a sensational and dramatic book. I wasn’t wrong at all. The Thunder Girls is exactly the kind of fast-paced, dramatic, rollercoaster ride you’d want to read at the beach or poolside.
The book has a lot of twists, some which you’d smell coming from a mile away, and the rest, a little surprising. In addition to all the revenge, jealousy, and drama in this book, it also covers serious issues such as addiction, domestic abuse, and harassment.
The drama in this book borders on theatrical, so it’s no wonder it’s going to be a nationwide play in the UK. It’s exactly the kind of melodrama that audiences would love to watch performed onstage.
The book is 400 pages long but you won’t feel time pass when you read it–it’s that engrossing! Interestingly, my review copy came in only a couple of days back and I still managed to finish the book in time for my promised review date!
The Thunder Girls is an engaging and entertaining read with fierce females, a lot of laughs, and an accurate portrayal of the music industry. I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for an easy, fast-paced read that’s both dramatic and serious at the same time.
Rating: 4 out of 5
The Thunder Girls by Melanie Blake is out now, published by Pan Macmillan, priced £7.99 in paperback original.
About Melanie Blake
Melanie Blake is an author, playwright, TV critic and a former music manager. She is 40 years old and head agent at Urban Associates.
The Thunder Girls has been adapted for the stage and will have its world premiere preview at The Lowry Theatre in Salford this September.
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