It’s hard to not compare The Final Revival of Opal & Nev to Daisy Jones and the Six. Both are told in a similar format: through interviewed segments with people at the heart of the events. But Opal and Nev are not Daisy Jones and the Six.
Dawnie Walton has done a magnificent job of capturing life and the music scene in the 1970’s, as well as introducing us to two people from completely different lives who came together in a legendary way. Opal is one of those women who isn’t the most beautiful, or even the most talented, but has more star power than anyone else. Nev is a quiet, geeky Brit, who has never really been the best musician. Together, they’re a fair musical group, but a culmination of events leads to an infamous concert—and a man’s death—that puts them on everyone’s radar. And from that, a legend was born.
Now—over thirty years later there’s a rumor that Opal & Nev will be reunited, and the woman whose father died at that fateful concert is the one interviewing those involved, and uncovering secrets that have lingered in the shadows.
Walton’s writing is so smooth and draws you right into the story. There were times I wasn’t sure if this was truly fiction or based on real-life events (I Googled it—it’s fiction!). This is just a fantastically rich and fulfilling novel.
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev will be released 3/30/21.
*I received a copy of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev from Simon & Schuster and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*