Breathless – Amy McCulloch

Published By: Michael Joseph
Pages: 395
Released On: 17/02/2022

When struggling journalist Cecily Wong is invited to join an expedition to climb one of the world’s tallest mountains, it seems like the chance of a lifetime. But she doesn’t realise how deadly the climb will be.

As their small group starts to climb, things start to go wrong. There’s a theft. Then an accident. Then a mysterious note, pinned to her tent: there’s a murderer on the mountain.

The higher they get, the more dangerous the climb becomes, and the more they need to trust one another.

And that’s when Cecily finds the first body.

*****

Thanks to Michael Joseph for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

I don’t think there’s been a book I’ve been more eager to get my hands on than this one!

It is cold and eerie and scary, just like the mountain itself. In fact, the mountain becomes a terrifying character in itself, looking over all the vulnerable people in its path.

The idea of an 8,000 metre climb on a deadly mountain is scary enough, but then add a mysterious figure, unexplained deaths, and then Amy’s ability to portray terror in such a natural way, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect thriller.

It is so difficult to be certain about who is telling the truth or not – is our protagonist even worth trusting? Is everyone who they say they are? Will Cecily’s past come back to haunt her?

This is full of heart-racing twists and turns, red herrings, and the big reveal at the end! This is probably one of the best reads I’ve had; I read it late into the night as once you’ve started, you can’t get out. It’s super chilling.

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