SECOND OPINION: Thin Air by Michelle Paver

Review published on November 13, 2017.

Not for a long time has a ghost story chilled me to the bones.

The Himalayas, 1935, and at long last Stephen Pearce is doing what he has dreamed of since childhood, he is going to climb Kangchenjunga, the worlds’s third largest mountain. For the men who climb it, the mountain is a killer. Many men have lost their lives, their bodies brought home to loved ones.

None of this bothers Stephen, even when he is warned off by a man he has looked up to.

Once the reader starts the journey with Stephen and the rest of the group, the fear starts to set in. We can feel the icy cold, the heat of the sun, and the thinning of the air, as they climb ever upwards; the sheer terror in the night, as they begin to hear noises and see things that freeze the blood.

For me, this was as creepy and atmospheric as Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black!!

Angie Rhodes 5/5

Thin Air by Michelle Paver
Orion 9781409163367 pbk Oct 2017

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