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This is one of those books that has been in my "stash" of books for a while, and I'll be honest, I forgot what it was about, until I picked it off the bookshelf. It's a perfect contrast to the insanity of the previous book, but not deadly serious.
I have seen a review of this book comparing it to Lovely Bones, as this book is also told through the eyes of someone who we learn is dead.
The characters are very believable, and Razi is a very gutsy young woman. Just why she is "haunting" the couple, Amy and Scott, seems random, until things start to tie together. What at first seems like two random plot lines becomes one through which both Razi and Amy learn something very important.

In 1920s New Orleans, Raziela Nolan is in the throes of a magnificent love affair when suddenly she dies in an accident. Immediately after her death, she chooses to stay between - a realm that exists after life and before whatever lies beyond. From this remarkable vantage point, Razi narrates the story of their lost love, as well as the relationship of Scott and Amy, a young couple whose house she haunts 70 years later. Their trials finally compel Razi to slowly unravel the mystery of what happened to her first and only love, Andrew, and to confront a long-hidden secret.
Entwining two tragic and redemptive love stories that echo across three generations, The Mercy of Thin Air is a striking novel that beautifully captures the nature of love and memory and their ability to transcend all barriers - even death.

Although the bumph does say that this is a love story, I wouldn't let that fool you. It is not mushy and sentimental at all, it explores the depths of feelings people can still have for each other, even after death. When Domingue tied things up at the end of the book, I thought back and there was a pointer to one thing that was a mystery all through. Razi's first and only love could really only have settled for one other person in the book.

The link above takes you to Domingue's website, to date this her only full-length novel. It does say she was working on a second, but has shelved it for the time being, and is working on another.


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