Breathless: This year’s most gripping thriller and Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

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Breathless: This year’s most gripping thriller and Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

Breathless: This year’s most gripping thriller and Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

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As the dwindling group steadfastly continues in their journey it becomes ever more clear that something dark is approaching...can Cecily trust her instinct and survive what comes next?? that being said, i loved the way mcculloch wove specific nuances and details into her story, elevating it to new heights (pun intended). she highlights gender discrimination in extreme sports communities, describes the culture and customs of the sherpa people, and provides a breathtakingly immersive experience of the book’s geography (including manaslu, samagaun, and birendra taal). mcculloch also delves into the psyche of mountaineers, what motivates people to risk their lives and livelihoods to summit peaks that push humans past our most extreme of physical and emotional boundaries. Chillingly atmospheric, with sub-zero tension and a creeping plot that makes it impossible to look away' JANICE HALLETT Plus one of my favorite nonfiction topics is the life of George Mallory... So, you can see how the puzzle pieces really came together for me to love Breathless... And Amy McCulloch delivered a great thrilling story with twisty turns within the story and the actual ins & outs of summiting a mountain over 8000 meters. not to mention! mcculloch was part of the team led by mountaineering luminary nimsdai (“nims)” purja, who was at that time undertaking his renowned, record-breaking “project possible” - a mission to complete all fourteen 8000-metre summits in seven months. i watched his netflix documentary a few months ago and was utterly blown away by his passion, determination, and overall down-to-earth charisma, as well as his dedication to uplifting nepali voices in mountaineering (and beyond).

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as a novice to climbing, cecily is both exhilarated and terrified - particularly as fellow mountaineers die one by one when they reach manaslu. a murderer has followed them to the mountain, and the extreme environment provides the perfect cover for a killer to lurk, concealed, preying on climbers whose survival is already shaky. Uneven terrain, low levels of oxygen, avalanches, and frigid weather are just some of the things to worry about on a Himalayan mountain more than 8000 meters high. When murder is added to the mix, it can be downright terrifying. Children’s author Amy McCulloch turns to adult fiction with her new mystery, Breathless, set on Manaslu in the Himalayas, the world’s eighth highest mountain peak and a convenient place to stage murders. I enjoyed the descriptions of the beauty and grandeur of the mountain but the plot was disappointing and the ending felt forced and didn’t give me the feeling of a proper closure. I enjoyed it but the enjoyment was marginal. If McCulloch writes another thriller in the context of outdoor adventure, I’ll give it a try to see if she manages to achieve higher marks in the credibility department. cecily wong is a british-chinese adventure journalist who has gambled her entire career - her life’s savings, even - on one story that will captivate the world: she will climb mt. manaslu in nepal alongside charles mcveigh, a luminary in the mountaineering community. their ascent marks the last before charles clinches his record-breaking title as the only person to have climbed all 14 peaks over 8,000 metres - in the span of one year, and without supplementary oxygen or external aid.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. Tense, chilling and terrifying with unforgettable characters and an unpredictable and atmospheric plot. One of the most original thrillers I’ve read. It deserves to be huge! Journalist and novice mountain climber Cecily Wong is invited by Charles McVeigh, an acclaimed mountaineer, to join his team in their attempt to summit Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. Charles has promised her an exclusive interview on the condition that she reach the summit with his team. Cecily is the least experienced of the group but she is intent on proving herself in spite of the many difficulties she encounters.

Breathless: This year’s most gripping thriller and Sunday

It’s rare that a thriller actually lives up to that word. But here – in the jeopardy its characters are plunged into, in the story’s twists and turns, and in the true star of the novel, the mountain itself – Breathlesstruly manages to thrill‘— James Smythe ― author of I Still Dream As Cecily makes it to camp one and the team works on acclimatizing to the high altitude, she has feelings that things are not right. Difficulties with wifi signals mean that everyone is isolated, and Cecily can’t send in her blogs. They also have trouble getting weather forecasts. The pressure is on for Cecily to summit, but another hiker death makes her wish to give the whole thing up. I liked that this one explained not only the physical toil but the mental stamina that climbs like this take on people. The sherpas also do so much for the climbers.However when you are marketing a book as a thriller that will “take your breath away” I had to judge it on it’s merits. New Book Announcement: “The Inscription of Things: Writing and Materiality in Early Modern China” by Thomas Kelly Amy McCulloch is a Chinese-White author, born in the UK, raised in Ottawa, Canada, now based in London, UK. She has written several novels for children and young adults, and been published in over fifteen different languages. Her debut adult novel, BREATHLESS, releases in 2022.



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