Monday, June 22, 2020

The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor

First Lines: My mother singing. That's one thing I remember.

Twenty-three years ago, Maggie D'arcy's family received a call from the Dublin police. Her beloved cousin Erin had been missing for several days. Maggie spent weeks in Ireland trying to find her; her cousin's disappearance was what inspired her to become a detective on the Long Island police force. Now she is a divorced mother of a teenager, but when the GardaĆ­ call to tell her that Erin's scarf has been found and another young woman is missing, Maggie returns to Ireland. She is determined to solve the case, once and for all.

The Irish setting of Sarah Stewart Taylor's The Mountains Wild is wonderful, but although I did enjoy the setting and the main character of strong, determined Maggie D'arcy, that's about all that I did enjoy.

The story needed tightening, and the plot didn't hold any real surprises for me. Due to something Erin did as a small child, I couldn't even drum up much sympathy for her or the desire to have her found. All in all, my response was decidedly lackluster, but your mileage may certainly vary.

The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor
eISBN: 9781250754134
Minotaur Books © 2020
eBook, 416 pages

Thriller, #1 Maggie D'arcy mystery
Rating: C+
Source: Net Galley


  1. Hmm...I do like the Irish setting, Cathy. I can see, too, how Maggie would be an interesting character. But it sounds as though the story dragged a bit for you. Add to that lackluster characters and I can see how it wasn't the best read you've had this year. Hmm....(again). I may try it, but it'll wait a bit.

  2. Oh, no, I was looking forward to this book as it's set in Ireland. But this review doesn't rev me up to read it. (sigh)

    1. I've read another book by this same author that I didn't particularly care for, so there must be something about her writing style that just doesn't do it for me, but-- like I said-- your mileage may vary. Especially if you've read other books by her and liked them.

  3. I haven't read her books, but there is so much to read that I have to be judicious in my choices.
    And now that I can get Overdrive at the library, I'll see what's there.


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