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Thin Air (Shetland Book 6) by [Cleeves, Ann]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 531 customer reviews
Book 6 of 7 in Shetland (7 Book Series)
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The sixth book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series

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A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Unst, Shetland's most northerly island, to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears - apparently into thin air. It's mid-summer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It reads like a suicide note, saying she'll never be found alive. And then Eleanor's body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge.

Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to Unst to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen the ghost of a local child who drowned in the 1920s. Her interest in the legend of the ghost had seemed unhealthy - obsessive, even - to her friends: an indication of a troubled mind. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's death than there first appears.

Is there a secret that lies behind the myth? One so shocking that someone would kill - many years later - to protect?

Ann Cleeves' striking new Shetland novel explores the tensions between tradition and modernity that lie deep at the heart of a community, and how events from the past can have devastating effects on the present.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1397 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (11 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 531 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Shetland series, featuring detective Jimmy Perez just gets better and better. This story is set in Unst in the north of the Shetland Isles. A group of four friends are sharing a holiday cottage, Sletts, so they can attend the "hameferin' or post wedding celebration of friends from university, Lowrie (from Unst) and Caroline. Everything seems to be going well, but the night after the party, Eleanor disappears. An email purporting to be from Eleanor gives cause for concern about her safety and it is not long before her body is found, arranged in a stylised manner in a small, nearby loch. Eleanor had claimed to have seen the ghost of Peerie Lizzie, a young girl who had died on the shore in the 1920s, and the investigating team wonder whether the current events are in some way connected to a tragic story from long ago.
Jimmy, with his superior Willow Reeves and Sandy Wilson are sent to investigate. It is a satisfyingly complex mystery to unravel, with many twists, turns and false leads before the final solution is revealed. Ann Cleeves is good on plot, but she is also excellent with her characters. Jimmy, Willow, Sandy and the cast of characters - some Shetlanders, some from further south are well drawn, with complex motivations for their actions. If you haven't read the other Shetland novels, I would recommend that you do so before embarking upon this. There is enough of the back story to enable you to understand what has happened before, but you'll be spoiling the pleasure of watching the character of Jimmy Perez develop fully if you start here.
Once again, it is the Shetlands themselves which are the star attraction here.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2014
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I have read all the books in this series to date but I think that this instalment is one of the very best. The author manages excellent characterisations together with brilliant descriptive writing about the Shetland Islands.

Jimmy Perez is still recovering from the death of his girlfriend and struggling to bring up his newly acquired daughter. In this book he investigates a murder on one of the smaller islands where it appears that all the suspects are from elsewhere in Britain and have been holidaying there. He is joined in his investigation by Willow who is an excellent character in her own right – she has been brought up in a commune and is always untidy. We also see again Jimmy’s colleague Sandy who has grown up considerably since his first appearance in this series and is now a far more reliable colleague and even a friend.

The plot takes place in and around a group of holidaying English people who have rented a cottage on one of the smaller islands. They are visiting one of their group who is marrying locally. There is some excellent and often amusing description of the relationships between the members of the group as well as an exploration of the background and issues that each of them bring with them. This group also intersects with the local people including the family into which their friend is marrying and the local hotel keepers. The author takes the time to develop and explore these relationships in such a way that we begin to understand these people very well even though the identity of the murderer may come as somewhat of a surprise.

Jimmy also has the opportunity to visit the family of the dead woman in London. It is fascinating to see how he interacts with the urban community and the sophisticated people with whom he feels such an outsider.
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By Christine M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2014
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Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are called to investigate the disappearance and murder of a woman visiting the Shetland islands for a traditional Scottish wedding reception, a hameferin. The group of old university friends were staying at a holiday cottage, when late one night Eleanor vanishes. Eleanor is found the next day murdered. Added to this mix is the supernatural story of Peerie Lizzie. Lizzie was a child in the 1920, who died by the shore and is said to be haunting the beaches. Who would want to kill Eleanor? And how is the ghostly Peerie Lizzie connected to the case?

This time, English folk from London are visiting and in their wake comes trouble. I smiled at the way Cleeves describes the Londoners and makes the divide between the Scottish and English come to life. A complete culture clash! Very timely considering the Scottish referendum.

I was delighted to see Perez back, with Willow and Sandy. I just love them and feel like I really know them. And the cast of supporting characters, from the hoteliers to the locals, to the outsiders from London are so well drawn.

I love the way we see Jimmy Perez, a man coming to terms with death and slowly healing. It is cleverly done. There is no quick fix. Perez is still struggling, although is that little bit stronger. He is not ready yet for another relationship. Although there is a slow burning attraction there with Willow.

Ann Cleeves creates an exciting, atmospheric and truly gripping read, with a breathtaking, beautiful location. The Shetland series really is wonderful. I can’t wait for the next one!
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