Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Mercy of Thin Air - Ronlyn Domingue

Product DetailsTime Traveller's Wife?  Lovely Bones?  Loved the first, disliked the second.  But if you liked either of them, I think you will find yourself drawn to this one.  This was passed on to me by a friend who's normal genre was murder, mayhem and detection and at first it seemed an odd choice.  But indeed it is a detective story of sorts whilst you, the reader find out a little more with every page about two quite separate love stories, seventy years apart, the protagonists within those love stories and how, actually, they may be more connected than it at first seems.

Raziela Nolan is a ghost who is inbetween.  She cannot let go and move on, so she exists, in spirit only, in the land between life and total death, observing, listening, trying to find comfort and completeness and the whereabouts of Andrew, the love of her life.  Seventy years ago she was deeply in love with Andrew, and when she died she couldn't pass over.  Her heart was broken and, in the real world, so was Andrew's.

This is a book to be read in large chunks.  You may find it hard to read as there are no chapter headings, just a little leaf motive to break up the pages ever now and again.  But if you treat those like the beginnings of chapters, they will serve you well.  The book is divided into three parts, and I do think that was unnessary, as things do not change from part to part, but, author's choice and all that.  You'll also have to get used to who is currently telling you the story - sometimes it's Raziela, sometimes the third person.  The time frame jumps too, but there are no friendly clues as there are in the Time Traveller's Wife.  This didn't put me off at all.  I was so intrigued by the style of the book, and so wrapped up in finding out why? when? how? that I didn't let it bother me at all.  I just got stuck in and enjoyed being part of an intriguing tale.