01 November 2022

Thin Air


By Michelle Paver


In 1935 five Englishmen travel to India to attempt to summit Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain. It's also notoriously one of mountaineering's biggest killers. The expedition is following in the footsteps of a failed attempt 29 years earlier, which ended in disaster and loss of life. 

As the team prepare to begin their treacherous trek, medic Stephen Pearce begins to feel a deepening sense of unease — something about the mountain is seriously wrong. He can feel a presence watching. . .

Having loved the author's earlier horror novel Dark Matter, I was really looking forward to another creepy read. Thin Air didn't disappoint. It was extremely dark and brooding. As I read, I felt dread slowly wash over me — the sense that something terrifying was going to happen. 

The desolate mountain setting and bleak, sub-zero conditions added to the spine-chilling feeling that all was not well. It was a beautifully written, haunting story.


  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Author: Michelle Paver
  • Genre: Horror


The Himalayas, 1935.

Kangchenjunga. The sacred mountain. Biggest killer of them all.

Five Englishmen set out to conquer it. But courage can only take them so far. And the higher they climb, the darker it gets.

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