July 2019

Lisa Gray - Thin Air

"...a stunning debut from an author who has the literary world at her feet."

Private investigator Jessica Shaw is used to getting anonymous tips. But after receiving a photo of a three-year-old kidnapped from Los Angeles twenty-five years ago, Jessica is stunned to recognize the little girl as herself.

Eager for answers, Jessica heads to LA's dark underbelly. When she learns that her biological mother was killed the night she was abducted, Jessica's determined to solve a case the police have forgotten. Meanwhile, veteran LAPD detective Jason Pryce is in the midst of a gruesome investigation into a murdered college student moonlighting as a prostitute. A chance encounter leads to them crossing paths, but Jessica soon realizes that Pryce is hiding something about her father's checkered history and her mother's death.

To solve her mother's murder and her own disappearance, Jessica must dig into the past and find the secrets buried there. But the air gets thinner as she crawls closer to the truth, and it's getting harder and harder to breathe.

I loved the premise of this novel, and boy, once Gray has you hooked, you're reeled in before you know it. Jessica Shaw is a lead I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of, and Gray has drawn her with skill and subtlety.

The plot is engaging throughout and while I worked out some of what was going on, Gray still managed to blindside me with a twist or two.

'Thin Air' is a stunning debut from an author who has the literary world at her feet.

Reviewed by: G.S.

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