Cecily Wong, adventure journalist with somewhat questionable climbing success rates, is taking on a near-impossible challenge to ensure a once-in-a-lifetime story can see a writing career. Her spleen sublimated dizzy. Into Mount Manaslu. The eighth highest mountain in the world, 8,000 meters above sea level, it is a fierce test of the mind and body of even the most capable climbers, so Cecily will do it justice. How is it on her new team when things start to go wrong ‘ even making it to base camp?
There was a theft. Then an accident. Then a mysterious note, pinned to her tent: there’s a killer in the mountains. The higher they climbed, the more dangerous the climb became, and the more they needed to trust each other. And that’s when Cecily found the first body…
Are you still breathing? We, too. This March Team Zoella got its first cast in Amy McCulloch’s first adult horror film, and boy, we’re still thinking about it now. Known around these installments as the co-author of our very own Zoe Sugg’s Magpie Society Duology book, Amy is the queen of evocative, intense, and if you’re looking for writing. a book you won’t be able to put down, let it be Breathless.
Despite the snowy scenery, cool, Breathless makes for the perfect summer reading getaway when pure escapism is the goal, although we can’t promise you won’t get it done before the plane lands. Keep reading to see what Team Zoella thinks, and the trailer: we’re obsessed with…
I need to know if there is a part 2 to Stop Breathing IMMEDIATELY. This book was everything I hoped to get and more from reading the side story, and I’m glad it lived up to my expectations of Amy as an incredible writer who loved love the unsuspecting break and strong characters that you feel deeply invested in. Given that we didn’t have to read for the book club, I probably wouldn’t be drawn to a book about climbing because it’s not something I feel particularly relevant to me, but not just now. was inspired to climb (actually went hiking on TikTok after finishing the book) but also really enjoyed this unique setting for a horror movie that, as we learned, did in fact became the perfect location for a murder.
At the beginning of the book, I tried to remember exactly which character because so many of Cecily’s climbing teams were introduced at the same time, however, the deeper I went into the book, the more I was able to discern and feel find a strong connection to them, especially Elise and Zak! I skimmed through Breathless super fast, which is rare for me as a chronic slow reader, but honestly I couldn’t put it down as each chapter reveals another twist in the story and deeper levels. of mystery.
I found myself cheering for (almost) the entire climbing team, and Amy did an incredible job instilling the trust and indispensable teamwork in climbing with the team, making the threat from a member whose ulterior motives are even scarier! I have to say I don’t love and cherish a book that ends with a spoiler and wishes there was a small intro to what was to come (if there was a sequel!) but I completely skimmed through the last few chapters before going to bed in one night and toss and turn because I can’t stop thinking about it!
I will definitely be running straight to Waterstones the next time Amy publishes something new as I find her writing style very relatable and her characters really well built.
Would you recommend it? Yes!
Review of Lareese
Admittedly I’m not a fan of the thriller/murder mystery genre but I have to hand it over to Amy, Breathless sucks me in and spits me out like the very mountain it rests on, as a reminder that good things can come from stepping outside of your reading comfort zone once in a while. It has a great cast of fully realized characters that can understand you and blur your judgment. With the protagonist, Cecily Wong, constantly questioning who can be trusted and who cannot, the reader also creates a similarly precarious summit with her.
The setting is the perfect killing place for a thriller novel, with the mountain playing as important a role in this story as the rest of the characters. One minute it’s a gorgeous Instagram-worthy scene, the next minute it’s the perfect place for a killer to hide. Amy’s climbing knowledge and personal experience shines through, giving the story a terrifying dose of realism and realism that doesn’t get in the way of the story. I don’t know anything about my climbing life before Breathless and really enjoyed learning about how they push their bodies to their limits during adaptation and how prepared they are for danger.
In true McCulloch style, Breathless ends up on a cliff hanger which I just hope means she’s climbing into safe lanes as we talk and making her next adult fictional… Here is hope!
Would you recommend it? Yes – ‘Disturbed’ by Breathless.
Horror movies are right up my street, so I’m excited to read Amy’s latest book! After reading The Magpie Society, I was aware of Amy’s writing techniques and am also a fan of them, but this being her first novel outside of the YA field, I was curious to know that. How will!
Amy did a great job in describing the climbing techniques, especially for someone like me who has no clue about that world, it really benefits the reader to understand what’s going on. they are facing. The setting of the book is actually quite spectacular, you can imagine incredible scenes while climbing, but it also poses a scary and scary scene that gives me goosebumps at times. literal meaning.
It’s a horror movie and ‘what a pity’ read, I was engrossed in reading, with seemingly unexplained strange deaths, you know something much darker is going on! The characters really make up this book, there are a lot of crew members on this climb, so you may find it takes a while to remember all of their names, but it really played a part. indispensable.
That player too!! It took my breath away knowing I couldn’t find out more…
Would you recommend it?: Yes!
SO I really enjoyed the extreme sport/climbing space, I loved the documentary Free Solo (Alex Honnold on a mission to do the free solo climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park) and right after 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible appeared on Netflix, I sat down to watch it. The documentary follows Nepalese mountaineer Nirmal Purja and his team as they attempt to climb all 14 peaks eight thousand times in a record time of under seven months. Not 3 days later, I was looking at Amy’s IG story and realized that she had actually climbed one of the mountains with him and also wrote a new novel inspired by climbing, because so this is definitely one of those “when my two worlds collide” moments and I can’t wait to hold my breath.
The DID novel itself does not disappoint and is the absolute epitome of the page-turning phrase. Journalist Cecily Wong has become a great person to follow throughout this thrilling chase with climber Charles, and Amy’s descriptions of the icy crevices and situations that climbers see We were touched, my hands were sweaty reading them! This survival story is so gripping, I’m constantly switching between characters that I think are suspects or guilty and I can’t wait to find out more. For anyone who thinks the subject might not appeal to them, the murder mystery certainly will!
Would you recommend it? I gave it to my sister to read!