Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue

Razi died at the height of her life in the 1920s. She had an admission to a good college (a rare thing for a woman in this time) and had found the man that she loved. After she passes, she stays in the human world and guides spirits. There are some basic rules to living with humans. They include not staying with those that you love and not touching anything. We slowly learn more about Razi's past, while we learn about the couple she's living with: Amy and Scott.

The two story lines intermingle and there are parallels between them. It's apparent that there's something more that the author isn't revealing and as you slowly learn more about Amy and Razi, you learn where the connection is.

This book has some similarities to The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold in that the narration is told from a dead character's point of view. It also grabs you the same way The Lovely Bones does, but is a bit confusing at the beginning while you try to determine who the narration is coming from. The weaving of the stories makes for a very interesting read. I will definitely be on the lookout for other books by Domingue.

First Line: "Simon Beeker had been dead four months."



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