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The opening line of this book made me laugh out loud – literally! It immediately intrigued me and drew me into the story. Best (short for Bathsheba) is a beautiful, accomplished magazine journalist dating a hot actor. What more could a woman ask for, right? Although it sounds like she has it all together on the surface, her life is a hot mess! She’s been living with so many secrets that eventually begin to come bubbling to the surface and rock her world upside down.
Although I think the first half of this book was a bit slow to develop, the second half definitely made up for it and had me turning the pages so fast wanting to know what was going to happen next! After having a breakdown, Best visits her childhood home in Canada. That’s when we learn what really happened ten years ago when she was the sole survivor of a terrible ice accident that tragically took the lives of her two brothers. What she had to do in order to survive turns out to be the mystery. For years Best lived with survivor’s guilt, without ever expressing her feelings. Can you imagine what that must feel like?
While Best isn’t the most likeable character, I did find myself relating to her in some chapters. Her personality can be described as sassy, witty and funny. Some may even call her a hater. No matter how you feel about Best Lightburn I think you’ll find yourself cheering for her, laughing at her, crying with her, cursing her out and wanting to reach out and give her a big hug at times. She’s not perfect – she’s human.
I love the author’s attention to detail and the way she describes each character, their actions and the scenery around them. The Thunder Beneath Us is a very thought-provoking, gripping, compelling and emotional book with themes of: love, family, relationships, personal discovery, self-acceptance, healing, loss, forgiveness, coping with the past and moving forward. There are some valuable personal growth and self-discovery lessons to be learned for people who have struggled with things that haunt them from their past. Best is forced to finally confront her tainted past so she can finally move on, forgive herself and experience happiness in her life once again.
There were two remarkable things about the craft in this book. One was the physicality with which Blades describes the characters and actions; you hear the old "show, don't tell" adage all the time as a writer, but this verged on "feel, don't tell." It was a really powerful way to make us feel Best's conflicts and memories.
The second thing that struck me was the specificity of even the minor characters. Not a throwaway in the bunch. That takes such devotion from the author and brings the story to life like a tableau.
This book made me laugh, made me cry in a couple spots, and made me really wish I had a friend like Tyson who would show up with his makeup case and paint a perfect sunset on my eyelids. Highly recommend it.