Book Review: Breathless by Amy McCulloch

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.

She doesn’t realise how deadly the climb will be.

As their small team 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 . . .

Having enjoyed Amy McCulloch’s books for young adults I was pleased to see this one pop up on Netgalley. The blurb grabbed me so I requested it.

The result was that I got to read this highly atmospheric, psychological thriller. The overall feel of th story was one of danger (both from the mountain itself and from whatever else may be going on).

Cecily was an engaging and likeable main character, I admired her persistence and her willingness to learn and improve things for herself. As the reader you are on her side and willing her on – even when you aren’t quite sure if there actually is something for her to be worried about or if she is being overly paranoid based on her past experiences.

The details about mountain climbing were just right, there was enough detail to build the atmosphere, emphasise the difficulty and make you feel the experience alongside Cecily without tipping over into too much description.

I really enjoyed the fact that right up to the last page I wasn’t sure how the story was going to end, the whole story was gripping and is definitely one I recommend picking up.

With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Michael Joseph for a digital copy in exchange for honest review.

Breathless is available now.

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