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Breathless
Breathless | Amy McCulloch
At the top of the world's tallest mountains, there literally isn't enough oxygen to breathe. In the space of hours your body will begin to shut down. Any longer, and death is inevitable. What better place for a serial killer to find their next victim? Struggling journalist Cecily Wong is delighted to be invited to interview famed mountaineer Charles McVeigh, conditional on joining his team on one of the Himalayas' toughest peaks. But on the mountain, it's clear something is wrong. It begins small - a theft, an accidental fall. And then a note, pinned to her tent in the night- there's a murderer on the mountain...
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LeslieO
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I was hoping one of my holiday choices would be a #bookspin or #doublespin but no luck. But I am looking forward to these two.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3d
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kimmypete1
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Breathless was an excellent thriller that set high on a mountain. The mountain climbing stuff was really interesting, I leaned quite a bit (including that mountain climbing is not for me lol).

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lele1432
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Mehso-so

After a reading slump I was excited to start this unique thriller! Icy mountain-climbing plus a possible murderer on the loose sounds thrilling enough, but the pacing was much too slow and the culprit was too obvious. The action doesn‘t start until 75% and I knew who it was from the beginning. I loved learning about climbing though, and the author has a cool YouTube channel with footage of her own Manaslu summit I recommend watching! #botm #pop22

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Laughterhp
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This was a low pick for me. I‘m kind of over thrillers, but decided to give this one a try.

Cecily is given the opportunity of a lifetime, climb a mountain over 8,000 meters with a team. If she summits, she gets an interview that will help her journalism career. But there is a killer on the mountain. I wasn‘t expecting who the killer was and the twists were good.

#Booked2022 - about an expedition
#NoShameReadathon - thriller

ReadingOver50 I really enjoyed this book 5mo
Cinfhen This actually sounds good, because im kind of over thrillers too!! 5mo
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MrsReads1
Breathless | Amy McCulloch
Mehso-so

There was never a chance that I was going to *not* pick up this book - all I needed was "murder while mountaineering?" and I was in. Unfortunately the writing was disappointing and I saw the ending coming a mile (or 8000 feet?) away. Read this for the high-altitude danger vibes but not for the writing.

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akfreeborn
Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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Mehso-so

This novel is really between a puck and so-so. It was a little plodding and repetitive in the chapters leading up to the ending. It was not the mountaineering that weighed it down but the problems with people dying…but the ending was good and exciting. If I had read this quicker I might have enjoyed it more. Still glad I finished!

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akfreeborn
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1. 🏔🌬🦙🧗‍♂️💀🇳🇵📓⛺️. 2. I would love a sequel to The Maid. 3. Black Cake ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨@eggs #wondrouswednesday @NatalieR @JenReadsAlot @ClairesReads sorry I‘m late it‘s Thursday. Thanks for tagging me @Sparklemn

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🙏🏻🥳 6mo
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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

This was just "ehhh" for me until the end. I think the concept was great but it was drawn out too long.

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BookBelle84
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I'm a sucker for any summit adventure stories and this one took it to a whole new level. The thriller aspect was not only the potential murderer on the mountain but also surviving the elements on one of the world's tallest mountains. The fact that the author has been to the summit herself added so much detail to the experience I could imagine myself there. A great suspenseful read that kept me up late to know what would happen.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I may be in the minority here but I really liked this novel. I thought it was a nice change up from the usual domestic thrillers BOTM offers. A group of hikers, including journalist Cecily Wong, are determined to summit Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain peak with famed mountaineer, Charles McVeigh. When one of the group is found dead, it becomes evident that the mountain may not be the greatest danger they face. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

marleed I liked it too! I‘m fascinated by climbers summiting mountains and inhaling yak dung every May. I was riveted to Al the controversy following the 1994 Mt Everest disaster. Understanding that climbers can be competitive with each other I can see how an author could spin a good thriller in this setting. 6mo
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Rissa1
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#MarvelousMay
Finished: Book Lovers and Maybe Not
Started: BreathLess

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Suelizbeth
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I loved this novel! The author‘s own experience of climbing Manislu in Nepal adds so much detail without getting too technical. Murder is horrible, but how much worse is it on the world‘s eighth tallest mountain? Cecily is inexplicably invited to join the Manislu expedition, and ends up solving the mystery. I did not see the ending coming. Chilling, pun intended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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ReadingOver50
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I thought this book was wonderful. It takes place almost entirely during a mountain climbing expedition. I love reading about experiences and places I will probably never visit.
I loved every minute of it. Cecily and the other members of her expedition were interesting characters. I was kept guessing the whole way through.

I received a free copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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TheQuietQuill
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Panpan

This book didn‘t do it for me…at all. I felt like everything was just happening way too slow for my liking, and I couldn‘t understand all the technical mountaineering terms. There wasn‘t a lot of suspenseful moments that kept my attention, and I figured from the beginning who the killer on the mountain was.

My review: ⭐️⭐️

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ClairesReads
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Mehso-so

It took me a long time to read this and I think that's because it never really captured my attention. The mountaineering context is a refreshing change from conventional dead-girl murder mysteries, and the structure of the narrative is clever. Unfortunately for me, the characters were pretty flat, and while it was well-paced, the unravelling of the crimes felt a bit hysterical.

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NikkiCureton
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“Where better for a killer to hide, than somewhere already know as the death zone?”
Page-turning thrill ride. I loved every page of this one!

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marleed
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I have a decades long May obsession (books, documentaries, movie -including foreign) on those who attempt and sometimes succeed at submitting plateaus nearly 5 miles above sea level. In the aftermath of the Mt Everest tragedy of 1996 along with the Three Cups of Tea controversy, it became apparent that climbers, if a family, might be a tad dysfunctional. With that, this fictional thriller almost seems plausible.

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mdm139
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Mehso-so

It was a good story, but very predictable and I figured it all out well before the ending. The amount of gaslighting made me want to put the book down. I have never had a desire to climb a mountain and this book gives me another reason not to.

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LibraryCin
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This pulled me in right away. I thought it was suspenseful from the start. I like thrillers as well as mountain-climbing stories, though I‘m not sure I‘ve ever read a fictional mountain climbing story – they can be suspenseful and exciting all on their own without adding a murder mystery in! I did pick out someone as suspicious early on in the book. No surprise to read that the author has climbed this particular mountain in the story herself.

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Traci1
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mdm139 That was fast. Mine hasn‘t even shipped yet and I didn‘t order the book with the later shipping date. 7mo
Traci1 @mdm139 yeah I was expecting it maybe Wednesday or Thursday at the earliest. It was a nice surprise. 7mo
ReadingOver50 Breathless was amazing 7mo
Traci1 @ReadingOver50 I'm so glad to hear that. I am a sucker for mountain climber / hiking type stories. Which is ironic since I'm extremely indoorsy. I love living the adventure without the bugs and dirt, I guess. 😊 7mo
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ReadingOver50
Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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11 books read this month. Breathless was my favorite, although Kingdoms of Savannah was a close second. In my 2022 reading bracket it is just edged out by Empire of the Vampire for the top read so far. Both are excellent books.

Librariana I'm sorry that this is the first time I'm seeing this, but I love your idea of creating a personal bracket! Brilliant 😊💜📚 7mo
ReadingOver50 @Librariana thanks but I can‘t take credit for it. @chasjjlee had it on her page. She had a blank template available. 7mo
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megannbutzz
Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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Sungirl79
Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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Excited for this BOTM 🎉🎉📚

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Mel
Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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Excited for this month‘s BOTM picks! #botm

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LeslieO
Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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Love an outdoor, adventure-gone-wrong thriller! I did not even look at the add ons. I only have one credit left till renewal. I think my one year membership lasted 7 months! #BOTM #Bookmailisthebestmail

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OutsmartYourShelf
Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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The first thing that drew me to this book is the cover, it's very eye-catching. The MC, Cecily, is easy to root for as she inexperienced but not completely naïve. The pace was almost perfect, it did falter in a couple of places, however, the author always managed to bring it round, & the conclusion was great - nail-bitingly tense. 4🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Penguin Michael Joseph UK, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

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