Out now in paperback and ebook.
“Both subtle and stomach-churning, anticlimactic and eerily satisfying.” – Simon Ings, The Times
“Hill’s science fiction, like his landscape writing, is powerfully evocative, devastatingly strange. Most of all, it speaks truth to power. This is writing of and for our time.” – Nina Allan, Strange Horizons
“Smart and unique, this is one of those novels that has more to say about the modern world the longer you think about it and has gone straight to the top of my books of the year list.” – Ginger Nuts of Horror
“Enjoyable and intriguing… its sense of the world we live in is very strong and vividly conveyed.” – Sheenagh Pugh
“A chilling, unnerving book that will make you question a lot of things, and give you images that will stick in your mind for a long time.” – Words of a Paige
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 and chasing a break. When she’s assigned to cover the death of a young climber named Stephen, she might just have the story she needs. Digging into Stephen’s life, Freya uncovers a strange photo uploaded to an urban exploration forum not long before he died. It seems to show a weird nest, yet the caption below suggests there’s more to it.
Freya believes this nest – discovering what it really is and where it’s hidden – could be the key to understanding the mysteries surrounding Stephen’s death.
Soon she meets Shep, a trainee steeplejack with his own secret life. When Shep’s not working up chimneys, he’s also into urban exploration – undertaking dangerous ‘missions’ into abandoned and restricted sites hidden in the wilderness. As Shep draws Freya deeper into the urbex scene, the circumstances of Stephen’s death become increasingly unsettling – and Freya finds herself risking more and more to get the answers she wants.
But neither Freya nor Shep realise that some dark corners are better left unlit.