Lindsey Coulson is an esteemed mountain climber. Along with her sister Alison, Lindsey gained a reputation as a climber brave enough to take on the most treacherous mountains in the world, including K2. When she loses Alison on an expedition to K2, Lindsey is overwhelmed by her grief and unable to continue climbing.
In time, Lindsey knows to overcome the loss of her sister, she has to face the Savage Mountain, K2, again. Lindsey inquires about joining Tyler Galloway’s expedition to the mountain with an American team. With her reputation, Ty is happy to include her. But Lindsey is as much a force to be reckoned with as K2 and they will both test his spirit and his heart.
Cold Horizon is part of Kristy McCaffrey’s Pathway series and is very well written. While at heart the work is a romance, there are strong elements of adventure and suspense that only make the story richer and more immersive. The author is either herself a mountain climber or she researched the topic thoroughly because I came away from the story feeling like I’d learned quite a bit about the expeditions. The information wasn’t obtrusive and it was used well to help heighten the suspense in later chapters.
Lindsey’s character was fully-realized and the loss of her sister immediately earned her the reader’s empathy. Ty was a good match for her, as ambitious a climber as she and he challenged her in a lot of ways. The relationship between Ty and Lindsey was a delight to watch develop. All of the characters were well-drawn and it only served to further emotionally engage the reader. The more you care about the characters, the more you care what happens to them. You come to care very much later in the story. Maybe even about Fiske eventually.
Cold Horizon is well-paced and keeps your interest throughout the story. Blending romance, suspense, adventure, and action, it really was a great thrill ride of a book and one that I gladly recommend. The story is engaging to keep you turning the pages. The dangers they faced on the mountain? How well those were written is the biggest reason why I’ll check out the rest of the series. I love a good adventure tale. I would have liked a smidge more romance here, but that’s just me being greedy and no criticism of the author. Give Cold Horizon a try.