The Thinnest Airby Minka Kent Published 01 Jul 2018
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A woman’s disappearance exposes a life of secrets in a twisting novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Memory Watcher.
Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears.
Her car has been discovered in a grocery store parking lot—purse and phone undisturbed on the passenger seat, keys in the ignition, no sign of struggle, and no evidence of foul play. It’s as if she vanished into thin air.
It’s not like Meredith to simply abandon her loved ones. And no one in this town would have reason to harm her. When her desperate sister, Greer, arrives, she must face a disturbing question: What if no one really knows Meredith at all? For Greer, finding her sister isn’t going to be easy…because where she’s looking is going to get very, very dark.
"The Thinnest Air" Reviews
I have heard the best things about Minka Kent from other book lovers, so I was beyond excited to read my first book by her, The Thinnest Air! It was a fast-paced thriller that was hard to put down! Kent is an incredible writer, and I really enjoyed the central characters in this book. This was a buddy read with Kendall and Holly, and we all had different theories about what was really going on throughout the book—and none of us were correct!
About the Book
Meredith Price has a gorgeous, rich husband, two high maintenance step kids, and a dream home in the mountains. But what she doesn’t have are friends. Meredith comes from a different world than the other wives—she’s nearly a decade younger, didn’t come from money, and not accustomed to the social scene they circulate in. But Meredith loves her husband, and she is so grateful for how kind and attentive he is.
And then one day, Meredith goes missing…
Her car is found outside the grocery store with her keys, purse, and cell phone still inside and the door wide open. Where is Meredith? As the police begin an intensive search, the gossip mills start to churn. Why would a women who is happy in her life disappear? Was she taken? Did she run? Or is something more sinister going on?
Meredith’s sister Greer knows something is wrong…
When the police don’t find anything after 24 hours, Greer knows that all is not as it seems with her sister’s disappearance. Why haven’t the police been interviewing the neighbors and friends of Meredith? Why does her husband seem so calm? As Greer begins to look deeper into her sister’s life, she realizes that Meredith kept many secrets. And one of them may be the key to finding her…
The book is told from two points of view—Meredith’s story about meeting her husband Andrew, their marriage, and ultimately up to the day of her disappearance, and Greer’s story starting the day Meredith disappears. I always find this works well, because we got a lot of Greer in the past through Meredith’s story, and learned more about what Meredith may have shared or not shared through Greer.
Greer is definitely the breakout star of this book! She was sassy and loving—tough on the outside but tender underneath. She is also an incredibly awesome big sister. I think we would all be glad to have a big sister like her! Hearing about how she felt more like a mother to Meredith than their own mother was so touching. Greer and Meredith have an incredible bond that was apparent even through the difficult times.
And there were some other characters that were fun additions! The boyishly-handsome detective, Ronan, the mysterious, sarcastic ex to Greer, Harris, the thin and retouched ex-wife, Erica, the bratty step kids, Isabeau and Calder (those names!!!), and the reserved best friend, Allison. Many of these characters were a bit clichéd, such as the ex- and the step kids, but I think that is because it was told from Meredith’s perspective. She feels like an outsider still in this pampered world, so I don’t know that she was able to see the depth to those individuals who shunned her.
I mentioned earlier that the big twist really did get me! I do wish that there had been a bit more substance to the fallout of the twist at the end. Things were tied up all neat-and-tidy, which I think will appeal to some readers. I like a bit of mess with my thrillers, and that feeling of “what just happened??”
I am looking forward to reading more from Minka Kent!
Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and Minka Kent for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
4 Fast Paced Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was a fast paced page turning psychological thriller that started with a bang and ended with a fizzle... I started this book with lowered expectations... five of my trusted book Besties read this before me, and I knew they were all disappointed.... and I want to thank all of them for lowering my expectations, because I think I enjoyed this book so much more because of that.... Truly for me up until about 82% this book was brilliant.... I thought my girls were being super unfair to this book as I quickly turned those pages to find out what the heck was going on! And then...... The reveal..... it was such a letdown and it happened really early... I spent the last 10% of this book waiting for the other shoe to drop and it is still dangling on my foot!
Meredith has gone missing... disappearing into thin air, leaving behind her purse and her phone.... did she run away or was she snatched? Why would she leave her seemingly happy marriage? And who would take her?
Loved how this story was revealed to us... we got Meredith’s perspective leading up to the kidnapping and Grier’s ( Meredith’s big sister) perspective after the kidnapping... Grier was a devoted big sister and was not going to stop until Meredith was found! Grier was my favorite character in this book strong, sassy, and determined.... we all need a sibling like her in our lives! Made me wonder what my brothers would do if I were to go missing? They would probably throw a party, LOL I always told my mom I wanted a sister... I’m sure she would be out looking for me unlike those brothers of mine! Let’s hope I never go missing! OK back to the book....
This was a well told story with plenty of suspects and secrets... and as things were slowly revealed Grier found out she did not know her little sister as well as she thought... also as things were revealed I became more and more suspicious of certain characters.... where this book fell short for me is in the ending it was just so vanilla... and I prefer Rocky Road!
I do recommend this book because it was really good up until the ending and, I think if you read it with the expectations of a lackluster ending you’ll enjoy it...Minka Kent has a very readable and smooth style about her writing making this a very quick read...
*** many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for my copy of this book ***
Meredith Price’s car is found in the parking lot of a grocery store. Driver’s side door wide open, keys and phone found inside. Meredith, as you may already have guessed, is nowhere to be found. Has she run away or has she been kidnapped? She has the perfect life - married to Andrew Price, a kind, wonderful, successful man who loves and provides for her in a way that no man ever has. Her life is one of luxury and opulence, which she achieved only by marriage. Her older sister Greer is convinced that there is no way Meredith would have run from it.
Greer and Meredith are exact opposites. Struggle has always been Greer’s middle name - she has had to fight for every single thing she has ever had - including her chain of coffee shops in NYC. Working with her best friend and former boyfriend every day isn’t easy, but Greer and Harris wouldn’t have it any other way.
When Meredith goes missing, Greer drops everything to go and find her. Meredith seems to have disappeared into thin air and even the police have no answers. Say what?! And yet, Greer does not give up. We are talking about her sister!!
Everything goes awry from that point forward. You begin to question what is real and what is not. I was glued to the pages… anxiously turning them as quickly as possible. This was my first Minka Kent novel and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, especially given the mixed reviews. My suggestion - don’t read them, just experience this suspenseful book for yourself!
This was a buddy read with Kaceey. So glad we read this when we did, it was exactly what we needed!.
Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas and Mercer and Minka Kent for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 8.21.18.
This is my third book by this author. She has a way of building suspense that is completely addictive. I was thrilled when I saw she had a new book coming out.
This one involves a missing wife and the search to find her. This produced a lot of page turning on my part and my mind imagining some crazy elaborate, tangled twist (it just didn't happen for me). I thought there were so many possibilities for a completely mind-bending turn. Turns out to be a highly predictable story with too many cliches and loose ends(IMO). Wait! What about .....? What happened with.....? Why did.....?
I like my psychological thrillers to be original with a messy tangled web that I can unravel and be left wondering....How did I miss that?
If you want to read a fast-paced story and don't mind a predictable ending, this one may please you. (It even has some eye-candy)! I liked this one, but not a favorite. Enjoyed reading this one with some Goodreads friends! I'll still be interested in what the author comes up with next!
Thanks to NG for my ARC.
4.0 Stars— I decided to read another Kindle First selection, “The Thinnest Air” by Minka Kent after reading a review of the book on-line. This is the first book I have ever read by Kent, and I have to say that I was very impressed. The book is told from two different perspectives: Meredith and her life story prior to her disappearance, and her sister, Greer, who tells the reader what happened from the date of her sister’s disappearance forward. The chapters alternate between the two narratives, and the author does an excellent job on building suspense and keeping a mystery as to who the villain behind Meredith’s disappearance was. The writing is very good and the author does a great job of giving you enough information about other characters to make you suspect them of the crime all the way until the big reveal near the end of the book. The book adds some humor as well as Meredith’s mother is a very well drawn character whose realistic quest to be the center of attention is brought up throughout the book. The only issues I had with the book were some of the actions of characters (especially in how they handled receiving information relating to the crime and the main character annoyingly turning to someone who is rude and mean for love advice even though she thought he hated her) that defy common sense and are distracting in what is otherwise a great novel. I definitely would recommend this book and author and look forward to reading some of her other books in the future.
Minka Kent is one of those authors who I think I’ll always follow closely based solely on the fact that she writes highly addictive and entertaining stories that I’m able to devour in a few hours. I’m always hooked within the first few pages and find her books to be incredibly hard for me to put down, what’s better than that?! While the bulk of this one was fantastic the ending was lackluster and left me wanting more making this my least favorite of hers to date.
The premise is nothing new, a woman vanishes without a trace leaving absolutely no clues behind, but what held my attention was the structure and the sheer number of possible outcomes that could have happened. It’s told from sisters Greer and Meredith’s point of view, Greer’s chapters begins the day her sister goes missing and Meredith’s thirty six months prior until the timelines collide. I’m a huge fan of Kent’s writing style, it’s fluid and fast paced, there’s something slick about the way she weaves a tale, there’s no denying she’s talented.
The whole time I was reading I kept imagining some crazy theories that may come to fruition but when everything was revealed I was disappointed. It wasn’t the actual reveal itself that was a let down but rather the resolution felt rushed and I felt like I still had SO many questions that were left unanswered. I did find a few aspects to be predictable as well which is never great, but really the lingering questions bothered me the most in the end. Again, Kent is an author I’m still firmly standing beside, this just wasn’t her best in my opinion but I’ll still be reading her next book no matter what!