Into Thin Air by Jeannie LevigInto Thin Air by Jeannie Levig is a story about family ties, facing past issues so that you can live fully in the present moment, taking responsibility for past mistakes and learning how to love someone and be loved in return.

All is well in Hannah Lewis’s world until her lover Jordan is declared as a missing person. Jordan disappears without a trace and Hannah decides to team up with Jordan’s best friend, Nikki. Hannah learns a lot about herself throughout the traumatic ordeal of Jordan’s disappearance. Hannah questions everything she thought she knew about Jordan when she realizes that she barely knows the person she lives with.

Jordan Webber is a well-known civil rights lawyer who just cannot stay faithful to her lover. She harbors many secrets but none of the secrets she hoards are responsible for the predicament she is in. Jordan is snatched away from the life she once enjoyed. She battles furiously to hold onto her sanity and she also questions all of the choices she has made in life. Will Jordan ever be able to return home again? Would she still be the same person she was before her life was tilted upside down?

The Characters

Hannah Lewis is a guidance counsellor at a high school. Hannah is such a darling! She is fun-loving and adorable. Even though Hannah can be a bit self-centered at times, I really connected with her the most because Hannah owned and expressed her feelings no matter how painful they were. My heart really went out to Hannah because she is plagued by insecurities from her childhood that threatened to destroy whatever future happiness she hopes to achieve.

Jordan Webber is a successful civil rights attorney. She is as passionate about her career as she is about the numerous women she pursues. Jordan lives a double life and this causes tremendous heartache and pain for those who are closest to her. At first I despised Jordan until I found out why she acts the way she does, then my heart was overflowing with empathy for her.

Last but not least is my favorite character in this wonderful story! Nikki is a self-employed and very talented photographer; she is also Jordan’s best friend. Nikki is such an affable, honest, loving and compassionate woman. Nikki gives so much support and care to Hannah while she is at the lowest point in her life. The way that Nikki gives 110% of her love, time, commitment and loyalty to her family and friends endeared her to me.

The Writing Style

Jeannie Levig created such a poignant story that drew so many intense emotions out of me. Each of her characters were so realistic with their flaws and unique personalities traits and I felt so close to each of them because of this. The author described each situation in vivid detail and the fluent dialogue between the various characters kept me intrigued and wanting more.

The Pros

I really enjoy books with strong characters and their strength can come in myriad forms. In this story, I loved the fact that the women excelled in intellectual, creative and helping professions.

The Cons

There are detailed descriptions of psychological and physical abuse within the story.

The Conclusion

victorias favourite booksThis story surprised me on so many levels because it is one of the few books that I have ever read that threw all of my expectations out of the window. Nothing is typical or run of the mill in this novel. I have cycled between delight, outrage and sorrow throughout this story and I loved every word of this book because it sends several messages and it is so worth the read. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who loves an intriguing mystery/thriller story with life lessons thrown in for good measure.

Excerpt from Into Thin Air by Jeannie Levig

Jordan saw Liz get out of a car parked at the curb a short way down the street, her white shorts and T-shirt brilliant in the morning sunshine. Sunglasses hid her eyes. She waved to the spot behind hers.

Jordan killed the engine and opened her door. “Hey. What happened?” She closed the distance between them.

Liz smiled. “Thank you so much for this. My car was making a horrible noise. I called a guy I work with, and he sent me straight here.” She motioned to a building boasting Fast ‘n Fair Car Repair. “The shop’s his brother’s. They’ll be here in a few minutes.” She opened her back door and leaned inside. “Can you take these for me? I don’t want to leave them.” She handed Jordan a briefcase and a laptop.

“Sure.” Jordan looped the strap to the canvas bag over a shoulder and gripped the handle of the attaché.

A white van made its way up the street toward her.

She moved closer to Liz’s car to give the driver room. She heard the whoosh of the side panel sliding open. Curious, she started to turn.

A damp cloth covered her nose and mouth. A strong hand held it firmly in place. An arm snaked around her waist and yanked her backward.

Confusion gave way to fear—then panic. She dropped the briefcase. She tried to fight, but a pungent odor gagged her. Her last sight was Liz walking toward the Equinox as the tentacles of unconsciousness pulled her into darkness.

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  • ISBN number: 9781626397231
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

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Note: I received a free review copy of Into Thin Air by Jeannie Levig. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.

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My name is April Adams and I am an accountant at a civil service office. Even though I read a wide variety of lesbian fiction, I enjoy mystery and thriller books the most because I love the state of suspense the stories have me in until the end and I find out “who’s done it.”