The Mountains Wild
Twenty-three years ago, Maggie D'arcy's family received a call from the Dublin police. Her cousin Erin has been missing for several days. Maggie herself spent weeks in Ireland, trying to track...more
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Maggie is a Long Island detective, busy with her own life, when the call comes in. Her cousin, Erin, had disappeared in Ireland 23 years before. Now, her scarf has been found at the scene where another young woman has just gone missin ...more
First, my apologies to Sarah Stewart Taylor. I've been raving about her “debut novel,” but after doing a little research (i.e. googling) I realized she's already written an entire cozy mystery series. I suppose one reason I made the mistake is because The Mountains Wild is a really good book. Which is not to say her series isn't also good--it probably is--but only that I'm surprised she isn't more well known. It may be because The Mountains Wild is such a departure from her previous boo ...more
There was quite a bit of toing and froing, back and forth in time, made it at times confusing to follow. I did like the actual investigation, well to a point, went in many different directions. I did like the characte ...more
There was also something about Maggie D’Arcy that came off as insincere, both in her job and how often she trotted out Irish fun facts. It was almost like she was constantly trying to prove her Irish-adjacency to the reader. And after checking the ...more
Maggie D'arcy stands quiet and still. She's feeling her body and her mind lock down into high alert. A phone call stirs up the shifting sands of so long ago. And Maggie revisits that stirring once again. Her cousin Erin disappeared in Ireland twenty-three years ago. It was as if she disappeared into an Irish mist. No sign, no contact, nothing.
Maggie sits at her desk on a different shore. She's now a detective on Long Island bogged down with her own case loads. ...more
Maggie D'Arcy is the narrator of the story and the uniting factor between both cases. It was her cousin Erin who disappeared in 1993 and at that time Maggie flew over from Long Island, NY to represent her family during the search. Erin was never found but now, in 2016, Erin's scarf has turned up w ...more
Sarah Stewart Taylor calls her latest series a love letter to Dublin. It is that ...more
This is such a good slow-burn type of thriller that has past and present intersecting with one another, at well-places times. I never found myself confused with it, which is always a good sign!
Our characters are tough, and everyone has their own story, you just need to pay attention! I think this one might have to be a reread at some point, because I’m curious if there were any clues I had missed.
Oh, and the whole solving-the-m ...more
Maggie has gone on to be a famous policewoman in Long Island, NY, and arrested a serial killer. She has married, divorced, had a daughter but still no word from her cousin. Then she gets a call from the Dublin poli ...more
Maggie, a detective and divorced mother is still searching for the truth of her missing cousin Erin. Erin disappeared more than twenty years ago, Maggie searched until the trail went cold. Now, new evidence and another missing woman brings Maggie back to Ireland from her home in Long Island where she will begin her ...more
I plan to grab her past books and adding them to my to be read pile.
I like surprises in the plots, it makes the story so much more fun to read.
I gave this book 4 stars.
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I really like that this book is set mostly in Ireland, and even though I've never been there Taylor's writing made me feel like I was seeing it for myself. This also made it a very atmospheric read which I loved. The Mountains Wild is a mix of different genres and there's a mystery, while also having elements of a police procedural and detective fiction as well. There is a really stunning c ...more
I loved every word of this.
Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for enabling my reading obsession for an honest review.
I've long been a huge fan of female Irish crime authors like Denise Mina and Tana French. Sarah Stewart Taylor is American, but her book is set in Ireland and features Maggie, an American detective whose beloved cousin Erin disappeared in Ireland in the 90s. (The cousins have Irish roots but were raised in Amer ...more
For me, this book can be divided into three parts. The boring first 1/4. The exciting middle half. The never ending last 1/4. This book was a slow start for me. I blame it part ...more
The story alternates between 2016 and the current ...more
The cousin of the central character Detective Maggie D'Arcy went missing years before, presumably in Ireland. Since her disappearance several other young women have also vanished. A new lead draws Maggie to r ...more
The Mountains Wild is a sinister, slow-burning mystery that takes you into the life of Long Island homicide detective Maggie D’arcy as she heads back to Wicklow, Ireland where authorities believe they have uncovered a scarf belonging to her cousin who has been missing since 1993, and the time to find the latest victim of this potential serial killer alive is quickly dwindling.
The writing is methodical and vivid. The characters are flawed, driven, and determin ...more
THE MOUNTAINS WILD has all the ingredients you'd want in a tasty thriller -- twisting plots, uncertainty about who to trust, dogged investigators and a gripping climax -- but it also has two extra spices.
First, the setting of Ireland is so vivid and precise, you can practically taste the pints and smell the peat fires. Se ...more
Maggie D’Arcy’s cousin Erin disappeared in Dublin back in ‘93, her body never found. Now other girls have gone missing and Maggie flys back to Dublin hoping to bring closure to her family, to find out what really happened all those years ago and also to help with the investigation into the other missing girls. A possible serial killer, IRA terrorists, family secrets + past relationships make for an engrossing novel. And f ...more
Sarah is the author of THE MOUNTAINS WILD, an atmospheric thriller about a Long Island homicide detective named Maggie D'Arcy who returns to Ireland twenty-three years after the unso ...more