Category: Book
By (author): Mcculloch, Amy
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
  FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: May 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*A young woman's once-in-lifetime adventure in the world of extreme-altitude mountaineering takes a chilling turn when a series of deaths can no longer be written off as accidents.

When journalist and novice climber Cecily Wong is asked to summit Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world, it's a career-making opportunity. She's been personally invited by Charles McVeigh, one of the most acclaimed mountaineers in the world, who wants her to report on the final leg of his record-breaking series of summits. But there's one caveat: he won't give her the interview until she's scaled the mountain as part of his climbing party.
Cecily is by far the least experienced of the group, but she is intent on proving herself and will stop at nothing to reach the summit. But when strange things start to happen around her, she becomes concerned. And then people start to die.
Stranded on the mountain with a team she barely knows, she must battle more than the elements in an epic fight for survival-against one of the world's most dangerous mountains and against an unknown assailant who is picking climbers off one by one.
Review Quote*"A vertigo-inducing page-turner by an author who brings the high-stakes world of expert mountain-climbing to life on the page." –Nita Prose, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid

"If you're looking for a book to thrill and transport you, then Breathless is the read for you! Set high in the chilling Death Zone, this thriller had me on the edge of my seat. I loved being immersed in the competitive, high-stakes world of alpine climbing and Amy brilliantly evokes how risky this setting is, a setting that can only get deadlier with a murderer on the mountain... A must read for 2022." –Sarah Pearse, New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium

"A high-altitude, high-stakes thriller that combines fascinating, authentic mountaineering experience with pure thriller entertainment. Reminded me of the best of Michael Crichton, where in-depth knowledge and a masterful plot work together to create a tense adrenaline-fuelled ride. I loved it!"-Matt Haig, internationally bestselling author of The Midnight Library

"Intense and sinister . . . Amy McCulloch's chilling setting is remarkably evocative, and I was transfixed by her brave heroine. . . .  Mesmerizing and haunting, this enthralling suspense will make you shiver with dread and tear through the pages to the pulse-pounding end." –Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and #1 national bestselling author of Woman on the Edge

"This thriller would be unsettling enough at sea level, but in the death zone it's suffocatingly tense . . . combines extreme mountaineering with murder to create a novel that's chilling, vivid, and entirely unique."-Abigail Dean, New York Times bestselling author of Girl A

"I climbed Manaslu with Amy - she is the real deal." Nirmal "Nimsdai" Purja, author of Beyond Possible and star of the Netflix documentary 14 Peaks

"Stunning. Suffocatingly tense, highly original and exhilarating, Breathless is an early contender for thriller of the year."Daily Express (UK)

"Gripping. Thrilling."Sunday Times (UK)

"Tense, chilling, and terrifying, with unforgettable characters and an unpredictable and atmospheric plot. One of the most original thrillers I've read. Deserves to be huge!" –Claire Douglas, bestselling author of Last Seen Alive

"Nail-biting, chilling, totally exhilarating . . . a true triumph."-Stacey Halls, bestselling author of The Familiars

"Both a fascinating insight into the world of high-altitude mountaineering and a chilling, twisty thriller. Absorbing and atmospheric." –Louise O'Neill, bestselling author of After the Silence

 "I loved it. I read it in two sittings. It was so tense by the end, the air in my room felt as thin as in the mountains. I think it's a total triumph of a thriller." –Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of That Night

"Tense, terrifying, and fascinating in equal measure."-Catherine Cooper, bestselling author of The Chalet

"A thriller that moves at a breakneck pace through the ice-packed dangers of the Death Zone. . . . It'll leave you breathless, too." –Laura Lam, bestselling author of Goldilocks

"A truly terrifying thriller with a tense and twisty plot and an incredibly dangerous setting. . . . A brilliant concept, superbly executed."-Allie Reynolds, bestselling author of Shiver
Biographical NoteAMY McCULLOCH is an internationally bestselling Chinese-White author, raised in Ottawa, now based in London, UK. She has written eight novels for children and young adults, and her work has been translated into fifteen languages. Breathless is her adult fiction debut. 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. In addition to writing, she loves to seek out adventure, especially by hiking in remote corners of the globe. Amy knows the dangerous world of high-altitude mountaineering very well: in September 2019, she became the youngest Canadian woman to climb Mount Manaslu in Nepal-the world's eighth-highest mountain at 8,163 meters.