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

Reviews Thin Air (Jessica Shaw #1)

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Mary Ann
    What a ride!Think Air by Lisa Gray is a hard-edged crime, mystery, family saga starring a debut PI, Jessica Shaw. Who in the world vanishes into 'thin air' is the question at the center of this case. And why?Creating a likeable female PI who can stand her own with any hard-drinking, hard-thinking man she meets is achieved in Gray's debut. What if you discover you are a child missing from a murder scene? Jessica is taunted by an anonymous email th...
  • Erika
    Thanks to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.Jessica, a woman working as a private investigator finding missing people, sees a photo of a girl who went missing 25 years ago. She thinks it is her, but it must be a mistake and travels to LA to investigate. Meanwhile a cop named Pryce is investigating the murder of a college student.I wasn’t that into this book at the start. I had issues with ...
  • Linda A.
    Truth JourneyThis is an interesting, intriguing first mystery novel. However, for me to really care about Jessica Shaw, more background is needed. She is raised believing Tony is her father and he raised her with love and puts her first. Thus, for her to fall into a life where she drinks too much and is moving around the country continuously turns her into a character who is hard to like very much or sympathize with. The plot is exciting, but eve...
  • Julie
    I'd actually give this 3.5 stars.It's well done. I like the character of Jessica Shaw. I like the story line, although I wasn't crazy about the ending. I like the way it's told. Good, not great, however.I thought secondary character development was shallow. While the the pacing wasn't slow, it's wasn't really fast - this is not a mile-a-minute thriller. Actually, I wouldn't call it a thriller, even. But it is interesting, and Jessica is interesti...
  • Beth Brackett
    Worth readingI quite enjoyed this book. It was fairly well written. The story held my interest. I do think some of the actions taken by several of the characters were a bit hard to believe. And so many people having such clear memories of events that happened 25 years ago are unbelievable.
  • 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.
  • Helen Costello
    Just an average thriller type for me. Am impulse purchase which so often pays off but I just couldn’t find anything spectacular about the story. I felt the main character, a Private Investigator was trying to be like strong female characters in other books but not quite feeling genuine. Jessica is the baby that went missing from a murder scene 20 years ago when her mother was murdered. She has only just discovered her own identity & is determin...
  • Hillary
    Maybe 2.5 stars? I enjoy a good mystery/detective story from time to time. The two interwoven stories were promising, and as this was an Amazon first read for May, I decided to go for it.My first impression? There was some good suspense, and cliffhanging ends of chapters.My second impression? The story primarily takes place in LA, but it's clear an English author wrote this. (Turns out she's a Scot.) How do I know? From the multiple Britishisms t...
  • Michelle
    Read thanks to amazon first reads. The idea that a PI is investigating her own missing persons picture intrigued me. I've read a few mysteries and thrillers, crime books and PI books and I was pleasantly surprised not to be able to guess the end result. Maybe I should have seen connections earlier. Oh well. Not a nad intro into a new series. I look forward to the next.
  • Melissa Johnson
    Excellent book cant wait for the next one!
  • Sarah Patterson
    Lots of characters made for an exciting read!