Thin Air (Jessica Shaw #1) by Lisa Gray

Thin Air (Jessica Shaw #1)

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 ...

Details Thin Air (Jessica Shaw #1)

TitleThin Air (Jessica Shaw #1)
Release DateJun 1st, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Contemporary, Adult, Book Club, Audiobook

Reviews Thin Air (Jessica Shaw #1)

  • Lewis Weinstein
    overall an excellent read ... initially the multiple plots are confusing, as they are intended to be, but Gray has a firm grasp and the pieces fall into place ... one criticism: the characters involved in the ending could have been more developed earlier in the story; instead they come as a surprise, which is good, but also as 'who are they?' which is bad ... This was Gray's first novel; I am inclined to read the next in this series
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Thin Air is an excellent thriller. It kept me guessing all through.
  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    I'm mixed about this book. For the most part it was OK, sometimes interesting but I did find it easy to put down. I figured out the killer the moment the character was introduced so it was important how the investigation went that made the story work. For the most part, the investigation was OK. There was actually some footwork involved. I liked the characters of Price and his partner Medina.I thought it was extremely weird and a little too contr...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    Missing person PI Jessica Shaw is looking for her next gig when she realizes that she is her own client. Alicia Lavelle, abducted at age three the night her mother was murdered is Jessica’s real identity. The picture of the missing girl holding the Barbie, *her* Barbie is actually Jessica which means her father lied all these years. A college student Amy Ong is missing and found butchered in a similar manner to Eleanor Lavelle, Jessica’s moth...
  • The Cats’ Mother
    This was an accomplished debut thriller set in California from an author who surprisingly turned out to be Scottish! It seems to be the start about a series about Private Investigator Jessica Shaw, and while I didn’t particularly like her as a character, I reminded myself that I have often taken a while to warm up to some of my now favourite heroines, and that prickliness can be far more interesting than niceness. I will definitely be keen to f...
  • Kalyn Woodbury
    Thin Air has been on my to-read shelf for nearly a month because as soon as I read the synopsis, I was hooked. So, as you can probably imagine, I practically hyperventilated when I saw it on NetGalley. I've never downloaded something so fast!While I enjoyed the concept, I wouldn't necessarily say the outcome was unpredictable. Now, this isn't generally too hard to overlook, especially if the other bits are top tier, but unfortunately Thin Air did...
  • Kevin Dowson
    Really happy to have chosen this as May's First Read.A novel twist on the private investigator formula. What happens when a troubled and drifting PI who specialises mainly in finding missing people gets an anonymous message suggesting she looks into a disappearance from 25 years ago, only to realise the little girl who disappeared was her? How does she handle the fact that her whole life may have been a lie, a sham, the people she grew up with we...
  • Bruce
    Private investigator Jessica Shaw lives out of her pickup truck. Wanders around and picks up work where she can. Mostly she tries to solve missing persons cases, people who vanished into Thin Air (get it???)... Then she gets an anonymous email about a missing person - a 3 year old child that looks exactly like her from an old photo, because it is her. That starts her search to find out who she is, who her parents were, all tied together with a mu...
  • Laurie Buchanan
    I read a lot, and I've never read a book with this premise. THIN AIR is unique. And the way the author, Lisa Gray, pulls it off is exceptional. I enjoyed the clever twists and turns that led to an incredibly satisfying end. I highly recommend this book.
  • Theresa Alan
    Review to come.
  • Janet Newport
    Thank you NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK / Thomas & Mercer for this arc.This was a fast read for me, but then it is less than 300 pages. Initially, I found it to be a little incoherent as the chapters bounced from character to character and in between 2 different time lines 25 year apart, but yet in the same neighborhood. I thought Jessica was an intriguing character in the beginning, but not particularly likeable. As the story progressed, I ...
  • VJ
    She investigates missing persons—now she is one.I really enjoyed this fast paced un-putdownable mystery/thriller with an enticing premise that delivered on the nose, and then some!The main character, Jessica Shaw, is fun and feisty- the kind of girl you want to have on your side (and definitely go for a drink with!) I can't wait for the next in the series.
  • Roz
    3.5 stars
  • Vicky D.
    SOME MAY CONSIDER THIS A SPOILER!!!!!! POSITIVES; It was a creative concept for mystery. Gray's description of Hollywood felt real. It was like the set of the series Goliath. NEGATIVES; Dropping the story of one character when something was about to be revealed in one chapter and taking up another character's perspective in the next, only made it a little confusing and did not add to the story (this works sometimes,here not so much). The answer t...
  • Judi
    This is the first book by Lisa Gray that I have read and won't be my last. In fact, this one is a series and another one about Jessica Shaw will be coming out soon.Jessica is a Private Detective. When her father passed away, she had a hard time with his death. She sold everything, and just wanders around the country investigating missing persons and murder cases. She takes all kinds of cases though.When she is in a small town going over what case...
  • Suze
    Intriguing plotMy choice of First Reads for May, the synopsis intrigued me-a picture from the past linking Jessica to a murder and a missing child. The author goes back and forth between the main characters, each with a different perspective.I try not to do spoilers, so I will just say- this story is interesting and it is the start of a series. I look forward to reading more about Jessica Shaw- I like the author's writing style.
  • Robin
    Private Investigator Jessica Shaw received an email showing a newspaper article featuring a twenty-five-year-old mystery. It said a woman named Eleanor Lavelle was murdered and her three-year-old daughter was missing and had yet to be found. When Jessica looked at the photo of the child, she realized that it was a picture of herself. This makes her question everything her late father ever told her about their lives. Now she must look into her mot...
  • Vicki Willis
    I really liked this one. The idea was good and I thought the author did a good job with the setting of the story. I liked the main characters and how they interacted. I thought the mystery part of the story was fast paced. This is the beginning of series and I will definitely be watching for the next book. I had never read this author and received this book from Kindle First Reads and I highly recommend it.
  • Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine. When choosing a mystery, I want to read about an interesting main character, smart unveiling of the clues, and a satisfying ending. Thin Airfollow by Lisa Gray met all of these requirements!Jessica Shaw may be young-ish, but she’s certainly not new to the party. She’s smart and resourceful, while still being a decently likeable person. In this first boo...
  • Joyce Stewart Reviews
    Thin Air (Jessica Shaw) By Lisa Gray 1⭐If I could give it 0 stars I would. I try my best not to write many bad reviews. However if I am going to write a review it is going to be honest . This is my first read by this author and may just be the last.This is the first book in a new Jessica Shaw series by Lisa Gray. I figured out the killer early on and there was just too much unnecessary description. At times she would write 2 pages describing a ...
  • Catherine
    A dull book, not least because this PI is investigating herself. Yes, really. She is an alcohol abuser and a drifter and commitment phobe too. A cardboard cast of characters surrounds her. Two stars for the competent though uninspired writing. I’ll be giving the rest of this series a miss.
  • Jeff
    I don't hand out five star ratings too frequently. But Thin Air kept me gripped all the way to the end. I got this book as part of Amazon's Kindle First program. As an Amazon Prime member, each month I get to choose on of at least six titles for no additional charge. This month I chose Thin Air. The surprising part is that I actually read it. I have over nine hundred books on my Kindle (probably nothing compared to some people), and when I finish...
  • Sarah
    What certainly captivated me about the plot of this book is how the protagonist is listed as a missing person and that she is totally unaware of this. The mystery that unravels surrounding her identity is pretty thrilling as the writer pulls in a parallel plot with the murder of a young girl.For a while I found it difficult to see any connection between Jessica’s story and Amy’s murder. The narrative perspective shifts between several key cha...
  • Karen Whittard
    This book will grip you from the very start and it has multiple layers to pull away. It has many twist and turns from it and you will not want to put this down. No matter what else is going on around you. One not to be missed.
  • Teagan C.
    Unoriginal concept bogged down by excessive description, particularly during the first half. The characters were enjoyable and the settings were interesting. The overall mystery kept me interested as I couldn't settle on an ideal suspect so I ultimately enjoyed the finale. Unfortunately the description was my major peeve, it felt like I couldn't just imagine anything in any one scene. Hopefully there will be some changes to that in future instalm...
  • Mandy
    I think the plot/storyline had a lot of potential, but the writing itself was just OK. It obviously wasn’t all bad because I did see it through to the end and it did have a couple of surprises for me throughout, which was good! I would have liked the author to show me more about what was happening for a better experience, rather than telling me. There were times when even the dialogue felt a bit forced. I noticed that this is book one in the Je...
  • Toni
    This is the first book in a new Jessica Shaw series by Lisa Gray.Jessica is a private investigator and she finds her own version of a picture on a milk carton and realizes that she was a missing child. Her mother was murdered and her father, who was recently deceased took her away. This is a story of her search for answers.I thought this was pretty good. The search was a twisty-turny thrill ride that keeps you guessing until the end. But it was t...
  • Megan BG
    I thought the premise was good, but the book was just OK. I wouldn't consider it much of a thriller. Still interesting though when all the pieces come together.
  • James
    If I could go 3.5 starts I would. Thin Air seemed to imply where the ending came from. Maybe it was part to keep you guessing whodunit and part Scooby-Doo ending, which I feel it did have a "And-I-would-have-gotten-away-with-it-too-if-it-wasn't-for-you-meddling-kid(s)!" denouement. That being said, I was jumping from one possible suspect to another so the suspense was there, but added characters toward the end made me raise an eyebrow. Don't get ...
  • Buddy Gott
    First of all, I'll say that if it was possible to give 1/2 stars here on Goodreads, I'd probably have given this 4 and 1/2 stars rather than just four stars. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Since it was from a first-time author and the title itself was slightly generic-sounding, my guard was a little bit up when I started reading it. However, that changed after just a few pages because I quickly saw what a talented writer Lisa Gray ...