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Thin Air

Jessica Shaw, Book 1
By: Lisa Gray
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She investigates missing persons - now she is one.

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.

©2019 by Lisa Gray. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Lisa Gray explodes onto the literary stage with this taut, edge-of-the-seat thriller, and her headstrong protagonist Jessica Shaw, reminiscent of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, delivers a serious punch.” --Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author

Thin Air is an exciting whodunit that kept me guessing until the end. PI Jessica Shaw is so capable and strong, I couldn’t get enough of her!” --T.R. Ragan, bestselling author of the Lizzy Gardner series

Thin Air is an assured and fast-paced debut with a compelling central character and plenty of twists to keep you guessing until the very end.” --Victoria Selman, author of Blood for Blood 

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Solid

Well made book. Don't expect a lot of action but she keeps you guessing. The characters are laid out in a well paced manner, giving each one a chance to make a case for your attention. I listened to this on the ride home from Florida and when the book came to an end I wanted it to keep going. Looking forward to the next entry.

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  • Matt
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Decent debut novel

Author has potential. Looking forward to improvements in the second book, hopefully in character depth and making everything less predictable. Narrator is just a bit monotone at times but good overall. Worth a listen.

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A wonderful story.

It had me hooked from the first chapter. It has suspense, romance, and even some comedy. I really enjoyed the way it was read, even the different changes in voice for different characters. I listened every chance I could. Great book.

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A great read!

Boy I sure enjoyed this book and loved the ending! I definitely recommend this one!

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Almost great

This is an interesting story line and could have been a real page turner, but it gets very predictable about half way through. The writing is annoying because there are way to many analogies. Everything is “like” a something else. She is trying to add texture but it is overdone.

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Thin Air Review

Nicely written story that weaves the past and present together as the main character searches for her true parents while solving a 25 year old murder. I enjoyed the personality of Jessica Shaw, part wise-cracking PI, part vulnerable and lonely woman, part courageous person facing her past and determined to succeed. Well done.

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In Thin Air was pretty thin...

I got to the 10th Chapter but couldn't take it any longer. It started out pretty good and it felt like it might get real exciting but it didn't. It was just boring. I gave up.