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  • Published: 17 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241544433
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $26.00


This year's most gripping thriller and Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

When you're this high up, no one can hear you scream: an ice-cold thriller from an expert mountaineer turned bestselling author

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...

  • Published: 17 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241544433
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Amy McCulloch

Amy McCulloch is a Canadian living in London, who fits writing around work as an Editorial Director at one of the UK’s leading children’s publishers. She was bitten by the travel bug at an early age while accompanying her parents on buying trips around the world for their oriental carpet business. It was her love of travel that inspired her to set a novel in a hot, desert location (moving to freezing Ottawa, Canada, where her first winter hit -40 degrees C, might have had something to do with that, too).
She studied Medieval and Old English literature at the University of Toronto.The sequel to The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, The Shadow’s Curse, is available now.

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Praise for Breathless

It's rare that a thriller actually lives up to that word. But here - in the jeopardy its characters are plunged into, in the story's twists and turns, and in the true star of the novel, the mountain itself - Breathless truly manages to thrill

James Smythe, author of I Still Dream

Breathless is a thriller that moves at a breakneck pace through the ice-packed dangers of the Death Zone. I felt like I was on the mountain and raced to the end. Read it, and it'll leave you breathless, too

Laura Lam, Sunday Times bestselling author of Seven Devils and Goldilocks

A truly breathtaking thriller. It had me gasping and guessing with every turn of a page. The audacity of the adventure is only matched by the brilliance of McCulloch's deft and evocative writing

Kim Curran, author of the Slay series

Breathless is a high-altitude, high-stakes thriller that combines fascinating, authentic mountaineering experience with pure thriller entertainment. The suspense rises like the Nepalese mountain it is set on. 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, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library

I loved it. I read it in two sittings. It was so tense by the end, the air in my bedroom felt as thin as in the mountains. I think it's a total triumph of a thriller.

Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of That Night

Tense, chilling and terrifying with unforgettable characters and an unpredictable and atmospheric plot. One of the most original thrillers I've read. It deserves to be huge!

Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Seen Alive

A breathtaking book set at 8000 metres - the air alone can kill you, and there's a killer on the loose too. I absolutely loved this, the author's incredible knowledge of mountaineering really shone through - a real page-turner that I read in a couple of days. Tense, terrifying and fascinating in equal measure.

Catherine Cooper, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalet

Nail-biting, chilling, totally exhilarating - a true triumph

Stacey Halls, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars

A tense, absorbing thriller with the most spectacular setting imaginable. It's bleak, beautiful and powerfully atmospheric. I couldn't put it down

Jennifer Saint, Sunday Times bestselling author of Ariadne

Breathless is 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

This thriller would be unsettling enough at sea level, but in the death zone, it's suffocatingly tense. McCulloch combines extreme mountaineering with murder to create a novel that's chilling, vivid, and entirely unique.

Abigail Dean, Sunday Times bestselling author of Girl A

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