49210904._sy475_From Philip K. Dick Award-nominated author M.T. Hill, The Breach is a unique science fiction mystery set in the dangerous underground world of the urban exploration scene.

Freya Medlock, a reporter at her local paper, is down on her luck. When she’s assigned to cover the death of a young climber named Stephen, she might just have the story she needs. Freya soon meets Shep: a trainee steeplejack with his own secret life. As Shep draws Freya deeper into the urbex scene, the circumstances of Stephen’s death become more unsettling – and Freya risks more and more to get the answers she wants.

Source Format Pages Publisher Genre Publication Date
Publisher Paperback 400 Titan Books SciFi March 17th, 2020

I am always mega grateful to Titan Books for posting me the occasional physical review copy all the way to Estonia. It’s a joy I cannot describe 🙂

The Breach was at first a challenge for myself- a scifi title to tackle! In reality and with all honesty, this book is wonderfully bonkers and just shy of hardcore scifi so that the likes of me can enjoy unexplored premises and wonderful writing.

The plot, I won’t begin to try and rewrite here for you. Back cover description is all you need because the rest is perfectly fresh, uniquely gripping and at times indescribable. Truly, some of the scenes permit a glimpse into what it must be like to trip of shrooms. I do not have first-hand knowledge but I dig it. I dig it a lot.

The plot is great, the premise promises an investigation worthy of your time and so it is. What truly kept me reading this book, though, was the delivery. You know the way you see people sometimes and they have this crackling energy about them. They go to places with a pep in their step and they instantly charge everyone around them with a boost of ‘Let’s go!’ – well, The Breach is the book equivalent of that type of person. It got my heart beating double with insanely good descriptions of edge-of-the-seat moments.

The Breach also feels like it gives you, the reader, compliments! I kid you not. It doesn’t serve every little detail and action in orderly, detailed, step by step fashion. It can feel a bit ‘jumpy’ but not by jumping from one scene to the next; the book simply doesn’t waste the readers time with boring kerfuffle. Thus, you feel in control, in power as you read one sentence after the next and it makes perfect bloody sense.

Interesting thing. Freya, journalist as she is, makes you think that she will dig out all the clues for you and deliver the/any solution to you so you can close the book with a satisfying – oof, it’s over! *swipes brow of sweat* – but far from it. Don’t expect the journalist to do all the work for you. Freya knows what’s going on, you know what’s going on, WE know what’s going on and we’re kind of saying it but we’re not! Ha! It’s wondrous!

It’s safe to say I truly enjoyed reading The Breach. It was a darned good experience and a writing style that tickles my fancy! I love books with ‘pep in step’ 🙂 Recommended? Hell yeah. Dig in!