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Author: Amy McCulloch
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
Page Count: 342
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
AS SEEN ON THE TODAY SHOW • A high-altitude thriller that will take your breath away—Cecily Wong is on her most dangerous climb yet, miles above sea level. But the elements are nothing compared to one chilling truth: There’s a killer on the mountain.
Journalist Cecily Wong is in over her head. She’s come to Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world, to interview internationally famous mountaineer Charles McVeigh on the last leg of a record-breaking series of summits. She’s given up everything for this story—her boyfriend, her life savings, the peace she’s made with her climbing failures in the past—but it’s a career-making opportunity. It could finally put her life back on track.
But when one climber dies in what everyone else assumes is a freak accident, she fears their expedition is in danger. And by the time a second climber dies, it’s too late to turn back. Stranded on a mountain in one of the most remote regions of the world, she’ll have to battle more than the elements in a harrowing fight for survival against a killer who is picking them off one by one.
Breathless by Amy McCulloch is an adventurous thriller novel that takes place upon Mount Manaslu in Nepal. Mount Manaslu is a the eighth highest mountain in the world and wonderful setting for a freezing, snowy and dangerous adventure.
Cecily Wong is a journalist who has been granted the opportunity to interview Charles McVeigh, one of the most accomplished mountain climbers in the world. The catch, because of course there would be a catch to Cecily’s breakout story, Cecily must climb Mount Manaslu with Charles.
Cecily vows to let nothing get in the way of her dream interview, especially not the fact she is a novice at best when it comes to climbing. Training for months and putting all of her savings she has now begun the climb but not before rumors go flying of previous mountain deaths not being the accidents they had seemed to be.
Boy do I still need to warm up after stepping into the world in Breathless by Amy McCulloch. I picked this one up right as Spring came around and felt I’d been tossed right into the snow and ice with the main character. The story is definitely a thrilling one with the danger of just the climb being amplified by the danger of a possible murderer on the mountain. My only niggle with this was I figured it out fairly easily but I do read a lot so perhaps that was why but I definitely didn’t regret my time on the mountain regardless.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
AMY McCULLOCH is the author of eight novels for children and young adults, including the internationally bestselling YA novel The Magpie Society: One for Sorrow. In September 2019, she became the youngest Canadian woman to climb Manaslu in Nepal—the world’s eighth-highest mountain. She also summited the highest mountain in the Americas, Aconcagua, in -50°F temperatures and 55 mph winds, and has visited all seven continents. Breathless is her adult fiction debut.