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Review | Ruthless Women | Melanie Blake

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Ruthless Women is a behind-the-scenes story on the set of a TV show called ‘Falcon Bay’. Viewers tune in in their millions, so captivated are they by the glamour of the dazzling stars and shocking storylines. The show itself has enjoyed huge success but it now has a new owner and ratings are falling. The three most powerful women at the show are writer Farrah, lead actress Catherine and producer Amanda. They used to have the world at their manicured feet until the new owner encourages competition between them in order to raise viewing figures. They join forces to bring down their male rivals but will they succeed?

This book had me entertained from the very beginning. It reminded me of the 80s show Dynasty which I devoured back in the day with its feisty females and scandals galore!  The women are strong and sexy and I had fun trying to guess the inspiration for the show. I really liked how the women aren’t perfect – their weaknesses are all too obvious but that made them believable in my opinion.

This genre is not normally one of my favourites but it says a lot that I couldn’t put the book down! Set in the Channel Islands, it’s believable – mainly due to the women who are all flawed and, brilliantly, older – which made a refreshing change. Another welcome surprise is that the power is held ultimately by the older glamorous women and not by the men who are portrayed as being weak and slightly pathetic.

The twists are brilliant and the climax at the end is unexpected and gripping. This is a fun, glamorous read perfect for escaping the times we are currently living in.

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Melanie will be launching the book alongside two of TVs leading ladies Coleen Nolan and Beverly Callard who will be spilling the beans on their own personal lives for a digital book launch “Melanie Blake’s Girls Night in” that members of the public can buy tickets to for £10 including a copy of the book.

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Best-selling author Melanie Blake’s own real life Rags to Bitches story reads like the plot of an outrageous drama…

At fifteen years old Melanie Blake was told by her high school career advisors that her decision to do work experience at a local record shop was an ’embarrassment to the school and a clear example that she wouldn’t go far in life or her career’. They were wrong. By twenty-one she was working at the BBC’s iconic Top of the Pops show and by twenty-seven she had built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading music and entertainment managers, with her own agency and roster of award-winning artists who had sold more than 100 million records. During this time she also built up an acting agency from scratch which quickly became the most successful independent boutique agency in the UK where she manages clients from some of the biggest internationally syndicated shows in the world.

Her roster have won Baftas, Emmys and pretty much every best actress award going and Melanie is one of the most successful female agents in the world. In the UK alone – over 25 million people a week currently tune in to watch the very stars Melanie represents in their globally syndicated shows. In 2018 after two decades at the top of her game, Melanie decided to manage a smaller client list and concentrate on her other passion, writing – first as a columnist for a national newspaper, then as a playwright and now as a best-selling novelist.

Her first book The Thunder Girls became a Number 1 Best Seller in the summer of 2019 and the play she adapted from the novel broke box office records for a new work at the prestigious Lowry Theatre.

She still represents a high profile stable of some of the best known faces on British television but is also now enjoying success in her own right as a producer, author and playwright.

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My passion is helping others to find their own oasis, their own centre of calm. I’m a qualified Dyslexia Therapist, Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Sleep Consultant, Parenting Programme Facilitator, Mindfulness practitioner, Mental Health First Aider and hold a crochet diploma.

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