I’ve always had a rather eclectic reading taste and over the years I’ve happily read a classic from Jane Austen before picking up a Jackie Collins book. I’ve enjoyed both equally and nothing much has changed. If you’re looking for something juicy to read whilst lounging in the sun this summer then I might have just the book for you. I’ve just finished The Thunder Girls by Melanie Blake, which is published by Pan Macmillan tomorrow as part of a blog tour.
I’m taking part in this blog tour to showcase the first novel by Melanie Blake, and if you’ve enjoyed books like Valley of the Dolls and Rock Star, then you will definitely enjoy reading The Thunder Girls.
Back in the 1980s, a girl group was formed with four members – Chrissie, Roxy, Carly and Anita. The Thunder Girls were huge, they were the biggest girl group around, with worldwide hits and the girls were dreaming of playing Wembley Stadium.
Their dreams were shattered when the record company Shine Records pulled the plug on the foursome and focussed on launching Chrissie Martin as a solo performer. She became a superstar while the other three girls weren’t quite so lucky.
The Thunder Girls take us forward thirty years, and there’s a Rock Legends gig being put together with all the great stars from the 1980s set to perform. Jack Raven, head of Shine Records, has agreed that The Thunder Girls will open the show and he’s relying on their old manager Rick to make it happen.
Rick had been going out with Roxanne from the group when they were left high and dry, and then went on to marry Chrissie. They’d divorced and we catch up with Chrissie who has just returned from her honeymoon with her toyboy Scott. Her world is shattered when she discovers that Scott has cleared out all of her bank accounts and has left her with nothing. She really needs the money that the Rock Legends gig would offer, and Rick tells her that she is the one who needs to persuade the other girls to reform The Thunder Girls.
But after thirty years the feelings of betrayal and broken friendships, can Chrissie bring the girls together and turn all of their fortunes around?
There’s a good mix of characters and interwoven storylines as the novel unfolds. Even though Chrissie isn’t the most likeable of characters, you want her to succeed and for all of the girls to make a change in their own lives. It’s a good page turner and makes for a perfect holiday read in my opinion.
The Thunder Girls by Melanie Blake is out on the 11th of July, published by Pan Macmillan, priced £7.99 in paperback original. I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below for your reference in case you fancy reading it for yourself (I do earn from qualifying purchases).
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81 thoughts on “The Thunder Girls – AD sent for review and giveaway #TheThunderGirls”
I normally browse the top ten best sellers list and choose a few that way
I love reading a romantic summery novel x
I love a great crime thriller page turner
I like a good non-fiction crime book, I find criminology fascinating
Hello! My favourite holiday read is anything by the Irish author Maeve Binchy. She really was a fantastic author, there are always so many characters in her books but they never feel muddled.
I like a thriller, the shining girls is a favourite. Nothing too heavy and easy to read
I like a lighthearted romantic read.
I like a gripping thriller, but also an informative travel story. I’m on a budget tour of the south coast this year, so have downloaded “The Salt Path”.
I like crime fiction or a mystery on holiday, something to keep me intrigued.
What’s your favourite holiday read and why?
historical fiction ‘cos it takes me time travelling
I wouldn’t say I have a favourite but I normally choose between chic lit and crime
has to be anything by Stephen king. Just love all his books
I like an easy read when I go on holiday I usually pick a romance
i always like thrillers 🙂
I love crime fiction – the latest Denise Mina would be a good choice for me.
I love reading The Beach by Alex Garland
I usually go for something quite long so that I only have to bring one book. This year will be ‘It:’ by Stephen King
I love an historical romance because I love the chivalry
Anything by Diane Chamberlain as I can be guaranteed I will love it so I don’t need to take backup books incase I don’t like my first pick
I like a thriller/mystery with lots of twists. Currently The Man Between by Charles Cumming.
I like to read books by Sophie Kinsella because she’s my favourite author.
any autobiography – enjoy comparing their lives with mine
i read anything and everything, but my fave reads are crime thrillers or juicy scandal x
I like to read books on holiday that actually make my brain work a bit, as I don’t really have time to read books like that at home with the toddlemonster. My favourite book was one called The Son by Philipp Meyer
Normally English newspapers or guide books
I love anything by Phillippa Gregory or a nice easy going romance
I enjoy thrillers mainly, but I’m such a bookworm I’ll read anything!
I love romantic summer reads whilst I’m on holiday
I like a good historical fiction – anything by Phillipa Gregory is good
I enjoy re-reading some of the Classics while on holiday. Currently reading Persuasion on my Kindle in the evenings and in complete contrast I’ve just finished The Tattooist of Auschwitz during the daytime while recovering from long walks and cycle rides while on holiday.
Anything by C L Taylor because she’s such a fantastic storyteller and her characters are so believable. Plus I love a good thriller!
I like to read thrillers as they are exciting to read and full of twists and turns throughout the book
I dont really have a favourite but i love thrillers, horrors and crime!
I love my crime and thrillers. I have a few in my pile to get through in summer
I love to read a good crime thriller in the sun i dont know why it just gives me the perfect opportunity to chill out and read
There isn’t one book in particular, but I love taking whatever’s next up in my book pile. At the moment, it’s American Pastoral by Philip Roth
I love a good fantasy series – reading John Gwynne at the moment xx
I love a good holiday romance read….something that I can lose myself in and not think too much! Xx
I love a romance because I enjoy them.
I have just finished girl on the train and loved it
I love a good romance, something that makes you smile
Eragon series, I love Fantasy and Dragons so its the perfect series to read for me!
A thriller to keep me on my toes
I love a good crime thriller x
I love unwinding with a lighthearted romance. Jo Thomas is an author I often read.
anything by harlan coben, such thrilling reads that keep me gripped til the last page
I like a wide variety of books but this year I have just started reading Martina Cole books and loving them.
I like to ask for recommendations from friends and i just randomly pick from amazon usually
I like Twilight because it’s a gripping story and it’s a trilogy so I’ve got plenty to read.
I always enjoy autobiographies – love to read about the truths and lies
Usually crime thrillers
I like crime novels 🙂
My Holiday read would be the Hobbit as it Fantasy but has a lot of traveling in it and just great book.
The Holiday by T.M. Logan – absolutely compelling read, an amazing page turner with lots of tension – a brilliant book!
I like rom coms as they are light-hearted and comical.
Romance books like Josephine Cox, they are usually easy read
I love a good rom com- something light and frothy!
I like to find new books to read on the WH Smith buy one get one half price shelf so always find some great books there
Harry Potter series
i dont have a fav but i like a crime book on holiday
I don’t have a favourite summer read, I just love that in summer I have much more time for reading. (Angela Kelly)
I always treat myself to a good magazine, such as The Simple Things.
any crime book normally does me.
James Patterson books because he is a brilliant writer and they are easy reads with great story lines.
My favourite type of book is fantasy for a holiday read, I just love the new worlds I get to go to
The Island by Victoria Hislops. I love all her books
I’m reading the cottage in the wood at the moment – good thriller 🙂
This is Going to Hurt, by Adam Kay, Why ? It’s The best book I have ever read and well worth reading again. Read it and see yourself.
I love anything by Jodi Picoult she is a fantastic author and her books are thought provoking
I love an easy romance book, because I just love them whilst relaxing
country guides – great to find out what to do and see
Three Men In A Boat! Jerome K Jerome is so funny, I re-read it most years. 🙂
A good thriller as I love to spend hours by the pool in the sun & need a good page turner!
I like a good crime fiction book. I really enjoy James Patterson
Anything by Carole Matthews – currently reading her Happiness for Beginners book.
I love getting into a long Stephen King Book
I love reading anything by Thomas Hardy
I’m personally not big reader but my girlfriend loves reading and loves a good thriller.
Romantic novels x
If I can find one, I like to read a book set in the area I am holidaying – so long as its not a Thriller which will put me off!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – Fantastic storytelling and characters.