Thin Air

Thin Air

by Lisa Gray

Overview: 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 LAís dark underbelly. When she learns that her biological mother was killed the night she was abducted, Jessicaís 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 fatherís checkered history and her motherís death.

To solve her motherís 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 itís getting harder and harder to breathe.

Deanna Boe (11/15/19): I put this on reserve at the library so obviously saw it rated highly enough to get my attention. It did not let me down, although in reading other reviews they went from horrible to great! I always find that interesting that a book can encompass such diverse viewpoints. I am always on the lookout for a new mystery/thriller writer, so many of my old faithful favorites have become rather predictable. I feel her writing is above average, along with the storyline she created, especially since this is her first novel. The front cover says it is a ďJessica Shaw Thriller,Ē so obviously Gray intends to write more with Jessica as an independent private eye. I predict she will have success along this line. What is most amazing is the fact she is writing about California but is a native of Scotland and has always lived there. She must feel a PI in the US is more interesting than one in Scotland, I would probably disagree.

Anyway, we have Jessica who is pursuing a strange person who had turned up at her fatherís funeral two years prior. Why? They were living on the East coast at that time. She also wants to find out more about her past since her father had told her very little. He had shown her one small picture that was supposedly Jessica and her mother when she was a baby. Through her PI skills she was able to track down this stranger from the funeral to CA. It is here she slowly discovers who her father really was, along with her mother. There were enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and interested to want to read more. I never like to say more about who killed who and why since I donít like to spoil the book for anyone who decides to give it a try.
Rating: ***+

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