GENRE: HISTORICAL THRILLERS
Set in two eras: 1920s England and Tibet, and the present-day Himalayan mountains.
Mountain climber Cynthia Graham learns, to her peril, that some inheritances can trigger a deadly avalanche of events that reverberate through time.
The BookViral Review:
With its perilous central premise and rare fusion of methodical research and focused storytelling, Strange Karma proves a powerful debut for Healy who not only entertains but reminds us of mankind’s enduring fascination with the world’s most formidable summits.
Weaving between past and present she convincingly depicts freezing conditions, full-blown storms and avalanches as the hardship of the trek is vividly and stomach-lurchingly portrayed. Giving us a detailed and realistic depiction of climbers—of various experiences—facing the worst possible conditions, at heights and climates that seem designed to shut a human body down.
The feeling here is one of authenticity as Healy sets up the main thread of her plot but for novels like Strange Karma to hit the mark they need good characters and it’s one of the achievements of Strange Karma to convince us that Cynthia, Dorje and Alden (The Foreigner) are evenly matched. Cynthia with her intriguing backstory and links to the ill-fated Mallory expedition of 1924, Dorje for his strong moral compass and resilience and Alden who cares for nothing but the elusive red diamonds and his own skin.
Neatly sidestepping the clichés of lesser novels in the genre Strange Karma makes for a highly enjoyable edge of your seat read for fans of historical fiction and thrillers alike. You won’t be disappointed!