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).
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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.
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: ⭐️⭐️
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.
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.
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.
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.
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