The Thunder Beneath Us // Nicole Blades
This book follows Best Lightburn, a reporter who works for a prestigious glam magazine. She lives a glamorous lifestyle, dating a sexy, up and coming actor, and living in New York City. But this isn’t truly her life. She has hidden her secrets from the world, and in turn, is hiding from herself.
Ten years ago, Best and her two brothers took a shortcut home, across a frozen lake, on Christmas Eve. When the three of them tragically plummeted into the water, Best was the only one who came out alive.
after years of covering up the past, her guilt is pouring through every facet of her seemingly charmed life. Her boyfriend is going through a mental break, and her new boss is manipulative and deceitful. She has lost the only two friends she has held dear to her, and everything seems to be falling apart.
Although Best is charming and lovely, her past is controlling her happiness. Will she ever learn to let go, and embrace the life that she has left?
My Thoughts // Review
This book took me a minute to get into. The first 100 pages...I struggled through if I’m being honest. The writing was beautiful, and the author has crazy talent. I just wasn’t feeling connected to Best at all. And her decisions throughout the book were questionable.
But as I moved further along in the story, there were so many important themes and messages brought to the table, that Blades handled very well. And, although Best wasn’t the most likable character...she was authentic. And, she learned some very valuable lessons throughout the story. Because of this, she was able to grow immensely as a character, and eventually embrace the art of letting go. I loved this.
There were some super amazing conversations that Best had with various characters throughout the novel, that really stood out to me. And the things said between characters during some of these pivotal dialogues, made me appreciate the novel much more. Blades does dialogue very well. It seemed natural, and the conversations flowed well.
I loved that this was an Own Voices novel. There were many forms of diversity sprinkled throughout the novel, including people of color, and dealings with mental illness.
I am bumping this book's rating down by just 1.25 stars for a couple of reasons: it took me awhile to get into the book, and at times, I felt like some of the mini plot lines (mainly the love interest plot lines), were just filler plots to get to what we all wanted to know: is Best going to face her demons and come clean about her struggles? And, also because I felt like some of the author’s dealings with mental health were brushed past a little too quickly and lightly.
But, all in all, I did really like this novel. I read it in two sittings, and once I got past page 100, I flew through it.
Rating: 3.75/5 Stars
**Thank you to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review**