Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Ten Second Book Review: The Mercy of Thin Air

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue

Part passionate love story, part ghost story. This novel, set in and around New Orleans, is told from the perspective of a young lady who died in 1929 and stayed "in between," which is explained as where you hang out after you die and before you go...wherever. Beyond. But not like the "Beyond" that I'm used to (hahaha. Yeah, that wasn't funny.) Anyway, in the mid-2000s, she finds this bookshelf that belonged to the love of her life and is drawn to the young couple that purchases it. She follows them and their marital troubles, finding more ties to her lover along the way.

Very well-written, the author manages to suck you into the lives of all these people, past and present, and keeps you turning the pages. I know *I* stayed up way too late reading this. And the sex scenes--wow. Tasteful, but hot. If you're into that kind of thing ;) Also, the narrative going back and forth between past and present storylines was seamless. Beautifully done all around.

One thing I found very interesting was the concept of scent. Whenever a character had a strong thought about a lost loved one, their scent would come into the room. For several years, I have gotten a whiff of a very male essence at times. Sometimes it's very faint, but other times it's strong, almost like a cologne someone sprayed into the air. My dad is very rarely home, and it's not like anything I've ever smelled around him anyway. With this new theory, I wonder if it's not someone attached to me in some other realm. My first crush, who gave me my first kiss at age 14, died in a car accident in 1989. Maybe it's him?

It's probably just my imagination, but I'm intrigued anyway.

4.75 stars out of 5.

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