The Plot (from Goodreads):
In this pulse-pounding thriller, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica—to camp beneath the legendary midnight sun—becomes a desperate battle for survival against a killer determined to follow their prey to the ends of the earth.
THE SUN NEVER SETS AND THIS KILLER NEVER SLEEPS
Olivia Campbell has always dreamed of spending a sunlit night on the frigid Antarctic continent. But as an actuary who assesses risk for a living, she never imagined she would have the chance. So when her career takes an unexpected detour, and her boyfriend—a high-powered art dealer with a taste for the finer things in life—decides to stage an ostentatious, career-making auction on a luxury liner to Antarctica, Olivia is thrilled. That is, until things start to feel a bit strange. In addition to the scores of wealthy patrons and potential buyers, they’ll also be traveling alongside a small group of beleaguered employees of Pioneer Adventures—the company responsible for managing the ship—and their charismatic, divisive CEO.
When the first bodies are discovered, it’s easy enough for Olivia to write it off as a terrible accident. But as the situation heats up and the temperatures continue to plummet, she begins to wonder whether she might have booked a one-way ticket to her own demise.
How did Midnight end?
BREATHLESS was one of my favorite books of 2023, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on MIDNIGHT!
I loved the setting: Antarctica is a location unfamiliar to me, but you can tell the author had done a similar excursion since so much detail was packed into these descriptions. I’ve only been on one cruise (and nothing like this fancy expensive trip), but easily felt like I was on the boat with these characters. Amy McCullough is a master of the adventure thriller!
While MIDNIGHT wasn’t quite as tense as BREATHLESS, I enjoyed the claustrophobic locked-room feel. Part of the reason I didn’t love the book was that I didn’t connect that well with Olivia. She held a lot back from the reader for too long, so when the reader finally finds out what happened before the cruise it felt a little disjointed. There were also a lot of side characters to keep track of, and on audio these were a bit confusing at times.
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