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It's ice cold. You're miles from help. And one of you will be next....

Get the year's most gripping thriller now and listen to the book that everyone will be talking about....

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....

©2022 Amy McCulloch (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Fascinating, Atmospheric, Chilly Thriller

After simply adoring Shiver by Allie Reynolds, I saw her recommending Breathless on Twitter and that was good enough for me to immediately put it on pre-order ... and I was not disappointed!

Rather like Shiver, part of Breathless' allure is the way it gives a wonderful expert entre to a sport I was hitherto very unfamiliar with - a sport I have no wish to do but in both books, made for compulsive reading and ideal settings for chilly thrillers!

I now know the difference between an Alpenist and a Mountaineer - understand summiting as a verb, a Sherpa's role, the protocol of climbing a mountain and all the potential thrills, spills and danger - I am possibly less tempted than I was before to actually take part in this sport, but thanks to the great writing, I almost feel like I too have summited.

Katie Leung did a fabulous job of possibly the most challenging narration job ever with so many characters from so many countries. Yes, perhaps her French and Russian accents were not so recognisable but she brought each and every character to vibrant life and it really gave the story and extra dimension and so easy to follow. So a five star read for me.

Plot wise I did have an inkling of what was going on but certainly not the whole enchilada - so there were plenty of twists that had me gasping ..... and the suspense and the creepy feeling of being stalked was excellent.

I can always tell when a book has me hooked as I find excuses to listen to it during the day and do jobs around the house I am usually dodging just to keep finding out what happens next and Breathless was responsible for a huge wardrobe reorganisation and declutter for which I am so very grateful.

Of course with the storms blowing and hail battering the windows as I listened, it made for the perfect immersive experience and I really do feel like I have just got back from a real life expedition.

I will definitely be looking out for Amy McCulloch's next thriller!

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Breathless

Phenomenal. I usually read true accounts of climbers stories, but this was such a welcome distraction. Great narration too.
This author knows her stuff, I felt like I was right there with them!
More please…

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enjoyable listen

An interesting look at climbing in the death zone from a beginners perspective. And a murder mystery rolled into one!

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A chilling, immersive and incredible book

This is the best book I've listened to for a long set. Set in the epic Himalayan Mountains, this is a story of alpine heroism and murder. The scenes and settings make you feel like you are there on this epic climb with a murderer on the loose. Shiveringly amazing and I totally recommend this.

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What a book!

The only word I can say is, wow. This was an absolutely fantastic read. It compelled me to do my own research into the dangers of mountain climbing and the mountains are really not to be messed with. It’s clear Amy has done a lot of research into writing this.
Onto the story itself, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the atmosphere of slowly building tension right from the word go. From Cecily’s sexist immature and jealous ex to paranoia and death. I was rooting for most of the team. There were times I laughed, scenes which made me cry and the tension towards the end was almost unbearable. The only thing I was a little sad about was I was left with a few unanswered questions, but then that does leave us with a mountain of our own, our imagination. Well done Amy, a truly brilliant read and it was also fascinating to learn about mountain climbing while reading a really good crime thriller along the way! I think Aly’s was my favourite character, with Zach not far behind. Would highly recommend this book to any thriller fans, although if you’re planning on climbing a mountain soon and considering a book to take with you, I don’t think this is the one you’ll want to pack! Perhaps you should read this when you’re back on firm ground again after you’ve reached the summit and made it safely back down!

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I'm afraid the narrator grated on me so only managed one chapter. She did her best with different accents but unfortunately all the men had high pitched voices!.

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I believed the reviews!

As exciting as watch snow melt.

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couldn't switch it off!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, riveting from the start and with a pretty unique setting, the plot twisted and turned so

unpredictably. I really hope this author has her next book well underway 🙂

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An enjoyable informed story

It reads as if the author knows her stuff on the mountains and at times I forgot I was listening to fiction. Looking forward to more adventures with our heroine.

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Very original

It is an original (I haven’t seen (m)any books set in a mountain climbing expedition anyway) environment and situation in which to set a book and specifically a who-dun-it. For that reason it was interesting and the author really seems to have done her research into the mountaineering world. The story kept me wondering who had done it though it wasn’t a great a surprise when I was told. I won’t say why so as not to give it away. There was a point at which I wished it would get to its conclusion; there was a bit of ‘ this awful thing happened and who was it and what’s going on and am I going mad?’ followed by another- and then another and another. But it was just on the right side of going on absolutely too much. The ending was satisfying and I do like a satisfying ending with all loose ends tied up. Read well and I would read another Amy McCulloch.