Dead Rock Stars By Guy Mankowski

Dead Rock Stars By Guy Mankowski


‘The first page of my sister’s diary was a picture of Frances Farmer, facing a drawing of Ophelia. My sister’s psychic accomplices were all tragic figures…’

Emma Imrie was a Plath-obsessed, self-taught teenage musician dreaming of fame, from a remote village on the Isle of Wight. She found it too, briefly becoming a star of the nineties Camden music scene. But then she died in mysterious circumstances.

In the aftermath of Emma’s death, her younger brother, Jeff, is forced by their parents to stay at the opulent home of childhood friends on the island.

During a wild summer of beach parties and music, Jeff faces up to the challenges that come with young love, youthful ambition and unresolved grief. His sister’s prodigious advice from beyond the grave becomes the only weapon he has against an indifferent world.

As well as the only place where the answers he craves might exist…

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Jeff and Emma who are brother and sister. Emma has died and Jeff wants to know what really happened to his sister. I liked the way the story is split between the two siblings, I found the diary entries that Emma wrote quite emotional, all she has been through, the author has written with emotion and sensitivity. Emma was a rock star and you can see what she is going through especially when you think of people like Kurt Cobain. It has a lot of emotion in this story. You will need tissues after discovering Emma’s story but also seeing Jeff’s journey too. A heartbreaking story that has been written well.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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