Thank you to my book fairy on readitswapit for sending me this book!
I really enjoyed it.
I could not put this book down!
Thin Air starts by introducing the main characters and their plan to climb Kangchenjunga. It is an effortless read the characters are believable and the dialogue is realistic (writers take note) and I feel it is true to the era of 1935. At first I felt like I was reading a classic adventure story, (I haven’t read any of those or any books about mountain climbing but after reading this I am intrigued) until the tension started to build!
It’s not instantly chilling but the tone is set right at the beginning and continues with mentions of superstitions surrounding the mountain and the previous expeditions. For me it starts to get quite spooky when Dr Pearce finds a grave of one of the previous climbers.
I love the slow build of tension and the way you’re never quite sure if it’s really happening or if it’s just altitude sickness. And I loved the way that the jungle was described, most people would probably describe its colour and vibrancy in a positive way but Michelle Paver describes it as having a “steamy smell of decay”.
The atmosphere in this novel, the description of the silence on the mountain is probably what makes this story so wonderfully tense and chilling. You do feel as though you are right there and can hear exactly what Dr Pearce hears and feel his fear.
This is a short book and I enjoyed it so much that I read it within five days. I usually prefer a longer book and do feel that maybe this could’ve been longer. However it’s good to read shorter books now and again, you can read more and it’s handy for those who may not have much time to read.
Thin Air is a spooky read, intense, atmospheric and one of those books you just can’t put down! I recommend it.
Just spotted it for only £2 in my local The Works store after I read and reviewed.