Ten years ago, on Christmas Eve, Best and her two older brothers took a shortcut over a frozen lake. When the ice cracked, all three went in. Only Best came out. People said she was lucky, but that kind of luck is nothing but a burden. Because Best knows what she had to do to survive. And after years of covering up the past, her guilt is detonating through every facet of her seemingly charmed life. It’s all unraveling so fast: her new boss is undermining and deceitful, her boyfriend is recovering from a breakdown, and a recent investigative story has led to a secret affair with the magazine’s wealthy publisher.
Best is quick-witted and headstrong, but how do you find a way to happiness when you’re sure you haven’t earned it—or embrace a future you feel you don’t deserve? Evocative and emotional, The Thunder Beneath Us is a gripping novel about learning to carry loss without breaking, and to heal and forgive—not least of all, ourselves.
“Blades layers her narrative with twists, snap decisions, and deep introspection, building a story that feels realistic and human…The book is a fascinating look at the way people process their own survival in the wake of death, and the many ways the past can wreak havoc in the present.” - Publishers Weekly
“Passionate, gripping, and haunting, Nicole Blades’ second book is a riveting tale of shame, guilt, and absolution. It’s about a woman who has run so far from her past that she doesn’t know who she is anymore. The first-person narrative is well-written and has a quick pace. Readers will not be able to put this book down until the last secret is revealed.”– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Best’s journey of personal growth is the centerpiece of this genuine and hopeful story. Fans of Lynda Rutledge and Kimberla Lawson Roby will enjoy the stubborn yet vulnerable heroine, the warmth of Blades’ voice, and an insider’s glimpse into an elite industry.” - Booklist
“A snarky clone of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw.”– Library Journal