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The Mountains Wild: A Mystery

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  40 reviews
"With its evocative Dublin setting, lyrical prose, tough but sympathetic heroine, and a killer twist in the plot, Sarah Stewart Taylor's The Mountains Wild should top everyone's must-read lists this year!" -- New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie

In a series debut for fans of Tana French and Kate Atkinson, set in Dublin and New York, homicide detective Maggie
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Minotaur Books
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Lori Lamothe
4.5 Stars

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
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric and lyrical, THE MOUNTAINS WILD is that rare thing -- a riveting thriller with a beating heart. In this beautifully wrought portrait of love and family, secrets and lies, Sarah Stewart Taylor dives deep into character, all the while ratcheting up the suspense, page by gripping page, through to the stunning end.
Carolyn McBride
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lyrical, beautiful, almost mystical book. Despite the dark plot, it painted Ireland beautifully. I could almost feel the rain and taste the Guiness. (I wish!) I was always kept guessing...I had no idea who, how or where until the end and what a perfect ending it was!
I loved every word of this.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for enabling my reading obsession for an honest review.
Heather Fineisen
A strong New series in the mystery genre. This is definitely one I will follow. Women are missing in Ireland, including the cousin of current Long Island Police Detective Maggie D'arcy. The story goes back and forth spanning years before to current day. The characters are richly developed. The locations are created realistically and the troubled history is featured. All components of a great book with a little love story and some unexpected twists and turns. One of the best mysteries I have read ...more
Colleen Maclennan
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
An ending I did not see coming. At times I became a little overwhelmed with repeated information and the whole slew of people in the book either working on the murders,or had interactions with the victims . An insight into the some of the history of Ireland, the culture and of course the human aspect of family and keeping secrets even from those we profess to care for deeply.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After finishing "The Mountains Wild" I rushed to see what else Sarah Stewart Taylor had written. I see her other books are characterized as "cozies." This is surprising. This novel is no cozy but is a tight psychological thriller with depth and an ending that will floor you.

After nearly twenty years, Long Island detective Maggie D'Arcy gets a call saying that there is a development in the disappearance of her cousin Erin. who vanished during a visit to Ireland.

She drops everything--this is a
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't post a review right away because I wanted to be fair. I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. It will come out in June. I'm going to be completely honest about how I felt about this book and why so you can make your own decisions. I want to say I do not think it was a bad book. I did struggle with it though.
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
Lisa Christie
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mountains Wild is both terrifically atmospheric and rich with compelling characters. Maggie D'Arcy is a fabulous protagonist who uses common sense, intellect, and her own basic decency to solve (with some significant help from the Irish Gardai) disappearances of women from the Irish countryside. Ms.Taylor lovingly portrays the complications inherent in family (and work) relations while creating a suspenseful "who done it" that leaves you following false trails and suspects. The Mountains ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2020
I thought this was a good descriptive book. It told you a bit about Ireland. The chapters alternate from past to present. I found it a bit hard to follow at times. Everyone else seems to really like it but I just wasnt a big fan of this book. Thanks to Netgalley for the early copy ...more
Mariann Alford
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Mountains Wild is a tough ride of a book about a woman. Maggie D'Arcy, whose cousin was presumed missing in 1993 and not seen again. The book toggles between 1993 and 2016 when another woman goes missing at the same exact area as her cousin. The majority of the book is set in Ireland with some set on the east coast of the US. Maggie is a police detective in the US, so going to Ireland to start looking for her cousin again and the new missing woman is hard for her. The book has many twists ...more
Elle Rudy
Mar 05, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
*Thanks to St. Martins Press & Netgalley for an advance copy! ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly amazing I was going to go to bed early today but I just HAD to finish it!! So many twists and turns, and so many times when I thought I knew where the plot was going and who the bad guy was only to completely have the rug pulled from out under me! This book made me say HOLY SHIT out loud multiple times. I am so excited that this is going to be a series!

Maggie DArcy is a fantastic badass protagonist and I love the way her mind works. I am not normally drawn to mysteries, but
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a huge fan of Sarah Stewart Taylors Sweeny St. George series, published in the early 2000s. Sweeney was an expert on gravestone iconography, and the books were beautifully written, thoughtful mysteries. Stewart Taylor has been away from mystery fiction since 2006, and this return feels more polished, more pointed in its narrative drive its a step up. Ill say up front its one of the best books Ive read this year.

Its not a total departure from the Sweeny books the passion is there, the
Mandy McHugh
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mountains Wild is my favorite book of the year so far, and I can tell right now, it'll be hard to beat.

It's been more than twenty years since Maggie D'arcy's cousin Erin went missing in Dublin, but when Roly, the detective who worked the original case, calls with new information and potentially devastating news, Maggie knows she must return to Ireland--maybe not to find her cousin alive, but with the hope of finding answers and closure. And while part of her longs to be back in Dublin,
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars / This review will be posted at on 9 June 2020 .

Maggie, who comes from a long line of proud Irish ancestors, is a homicide detective in New York. Back in the 1990s, her cousin Erin, more like a sister than a cousin, opted to move to Ireland. Then one day her father, Maggies Uncle Danny, gets a call that Erin is missing. Maggie hops a plane to Ireland.

During her stay in Ireland, Maggie meets many of Erins friends and coworkers, but no one truly seems to have known Erin
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book.
I would give this book a 4.5! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The mystery, as well as the setting, drew me in and I did not want to put the book down. The characters were great and I felt as though I really knew them all. I was continually guessing as to what could have really happened to the missing girls, and I certainly did not see the ending coming.
This was not a perfect book--there were a couple of things I might have changed, and I do wish a little
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would give this book a 4.5! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The mystery, as well as the setting, drew me in and I did not want to put the book down. The characters were great and I felt as though I really knew them all. I was continually guessing as to what could have really happened to the missing girls, and I certainly did not see the ending coming.
This was not a perfect book--there were a couple of things I might have changed, and I do wish a little bit of the final reveal could
Brittany Woodworth
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sarah Stewart Taylo Has created a lyrical, brilliant mystery. Her storytelling skills are exceptional . Her storytelling skills is similar to the likes of Karin Slaughter. The Mountains Wild , is a jaw dropping, edge to the seat , gasping for breath Psychological thriller. Phenomenal visionary skills with excellent characters and settings.

Its a great love story which is odd because, I dont do many romances.
Doris Vandruff
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maggie has been looking for her cousinErin, for over twenty years. Last she heard she was in Ireland. Than she disappeared.
Maybe her cousin's disappearance is what made her decide to become a police officer.
All she knows that with the discovery of a body she needs to go back to Ireland and see if there are any more clues.
This is a great story. It describes the relationship of cousins. The closeness they feel. It also tells of the losing of each other, how each go their separate ways.
I love the
Not one to listen to while driving. Too many entwined characters and the story flips between 1996 and 2016 with memories back to childhood.
Everything about the story is good and well done. The characters are engaging and the mystery is tight, twisty, and filled with misdirection and red herrings. The known survivor is Maggie who has become homicide detective in Long Island and the one missing these past twenty years is her free spirited cousin Erin who was also her best friend until her untimely
Jean A.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Im ready to head to Dublin, Ireland! Sarah Taylors descriptions of Dublin and surrounds were so well done I could feel the salty wind on my face. Having been to Dublin once, her walk along the streets of the city put the doors of Dublin right smack back in my consciousness. Maggie DArcy is a Long Island homicide detective who goes looking for her childhood best friend and cousin, Erin. Following years old clues, Maggie is able to resolve issues, both old and new. This book will keep you guessing ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of The Mountains Wild from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

What a unique novel! I truly enjoyed every second of this one--though some of it stressed me out, to tell the truth! I was completely blindsided by a couple of plot twists, which made for edge-of-my-seat, can't-put-it-down reading. The long-lost cousin baseline created a great foundation for a wonderful mystery for Maggie to desire and search for closure. Great
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all you might want to tape your fingertips as not to burn them from turning the pages so fast.

Eloquent and unsettling, this is an astounding debut of a new mystery series.

In 1993, Maggie D'Arcy's family receives a call from the Dublin police. Maggie's cousin Erin has gone missing.
Maggie heads to Ireland to help the Garda track Erin's movements in the previous day. They unearth some clues, but they all seem to lead nowhere.
After a few weeks Maggie returns home to Long Island.

In 2016
Gillian Odom
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: garbage
Thank you to Minotaur publishing and good read for this great mystery!!! The descriptions of Ireland are beautiful ! You feel like you are there in person.

I really enjoyed the characters as well. You cant help but wonder what happened to Erin. Will her cousin ever be able to solve the mystery? You can sink right into their story! I didnt guess the ending at all. What a twist! I wasnt sure who the killer was.

Pick up this story when it comes out. Something to keep your mind off things.
Bridgett Brown
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Maggie D'arcy's family got a call 23 years ago saying that her cousin Erin has been missing for several days. Maggie spends weeks in Ireland looking for any clue to where Erin went. Fast forward to present time and Maggie has become a detective. She still longs to know what happened to Erin, when she gets a call saying that Erin's scarf has been found and another young woman has gone missing. Determined to find out what happened once and for all she heads
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Goodreads for this ARC...I liked this book, although I have mixed feelings about the way it ended, so a solid 3.5 stars rounded up to 4, because it was well written. It almost felt like Ireland was another character in the book, and probably my favorite character, as I didn't really care for Maggie. This was a good mystery that kept me guessing all the way until the end, so I would definitely read more of her books.
Donna Wetzel
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks Goodreads for my copy of The Mountains Wild: A Mystery by Sarah Stewart Taylor. I wish I could have given this book a higher rating because I loved the ending. However, there were way too many characters and possible murderers to contend with in this book. Add to that, the protagonist travels from NY to Ireland and back a few times and the book goes back in time occasionally and you better be paying close attention .
Linda Pierce
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Stewart Taylors book The Mountains Wild was a fascinating tale set in both Long Island, NY and in Ireland. The suspenseful plot and the well-developed characters had me captivated from the first chapter. There are lots of plot twists and it held my rapt attention through the very end. I look forward to reading more of Taylors books. Thank you to Minotaur Books for the Advance Reader Copy of this book. I highly recommend it! ...more
I received this as an ARC From NetGalley and after repeatedly trying to read it I gave up at 30%. Ive always had a problem with books that jump between past and present so that is definitely a me problem....but 30% in and we dont really know any more than the synopsis told us. Life is too short to stick with books that are boring you. ...more
Mar 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
A solid thriller from an experienced author. I hope she writes more in this genre. This has all the elements of a good thriller -- suspense, tension, interesting characters, good dialog, an interesting setting, along with a talented author to tell the tale in a compelling way. Enough said. This is likely to sell quite well.

I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
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Sarah Stewart Taylor grew up on Long Island and was educated at Middlebury College and Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied Irish Literature. She lives with her husband and three children on a farm in Vermont where they raise sheep and blueberries.

Sarah is the author of the Sweeney St. George mystery series, about an art historian who studies funerary art the art of death from Minotaur

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