Breathless by Amy McCulloch @amymcculloch @MichaelJBooks #Breathless #NewRelease #NetGalley

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…




CecilyWong had been offered the chance to interview world-class mountaineer Charles McVeigh, on the summit of the fourteenth mountain that he is climbing, without the use of oxygen and fixed lines. The condition of the interview is that she has to climb this final mountain too. The other climbers in the party are all experienced, whereas she has done an intensive course to prepare her for what has to come.

She hit the headlines herself, not too long ago, when she led a rescue team to the body of a dead woman, on a much smaller mountain in the UK. Cecily has poured everything into getting this interview, as she couldn’t get anyone to subsidise the cost. If she fails, she will lose everything. She has no idea how underprepared she is. The story gets creepy early on, with little things to start with, but the intensity and severity grow the higher they go.

It is a very atmospheric read, With the description of the stunning scenery constantly changing with altitude and weather conditions. I hadn’t a clue where the story would go and what the underlining stories would be as there are a lot of red herrings, and other climbers had their reasons for doing this particular climb. It is like ten little Indians as they won’t all come back. It isn’t just the elements that are working against the climbers.

I loved the twists that this story threw at me and didn’t know who could be the rouge in the group. The build-up is tremendous, and the delivery is perfection. It takes you right to the edge of your seat. OMG, when it comes down, it comes down. It is a brilliant round-up.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.


Amy McCulloch

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.

Before becoming a full-time writer, she was editorial director for Penguin Random House Children’s Books. In 2013, she was named one of The Bookseller‘s Rising Stars of publishing.

When not writing, she loves travelling, hiking and mountaineering. In September 2019, she became the youngest Canadian woman to climb Mt Manaslu in Nepal – the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,163m (26,781ft). Other addictions include coffee, ramen and really great books.

Twitter @amymcculloch

Breathless by [Amy McCulloch]

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