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The Thunder Girls - Melanie Blake

"THE THUNDER GIRLS" is a roller-coaster, compulsively gripping novel about the most successful girl band of the 1980s, which at the height of its success in 1989, is unceremoniously disbanded by its record label. Of the 4 women comprising 'The Thunder Girls' --- Chrissie, Roxanne, Carly and Anita ---, the decision had been made to launch Chrissie (the self-appointed leader of the band) on a solo career. The other 3 women are abruptly shown the door, and with its closing, so ends the friendship among the band members.

The reader is then carried forward 30 years to today's world driven by bling-bling and social media. Chrissie has fallen upon hard times after her latest husband (a 'boy-toy' model who had bewitched her) took her for every cent she had and disappeared. Her record label offers her one way out from absolute ruin by making her go out and find her 3 former bandmates with the aim of bringing back 'The Thunder Girls' for a one-time, richly lucrative "gathering of The Greats" 1980s music groups in concert at London's Wembley Stadium. 

Chrissie then embarks on a long and winding trek to find and persuade her 3 former friends to reassemble the band. Nothing proves to be so clear-cut. But the reader is amply rewarded with a multi-layered, poignant story in "THE THUNDER GIRLS" that has more hairpin curves than one can shake a stick at. Highly recommended.