by Sarah Stewart Taylor
I am so excited to share The Mountains Wild with you and to introduce you to my new detective, Maggie D’arcy. Like me, Maggie grew up in a Long Island town with a vibrant Irish American community, hearing many stories about Ireland. But when her beloved cousin Erin disappears in the Wicklow Mountains and Maggie flies to Dublin to find her, Maggie realizes how much she’s misunderstood — about Ireland, about Erin and about their family. Twenty-three years later, new evidence is found in Erin’s case, and Maggie, now a homicide detective and the divorced mother of a teenage daughter, returns to Dublin to see if she can finally find the solution that’s always eluded her.
The Mountains Wild was inspired by my own experiences living in Ireland and by my fascination with memory and how we use our (often imperfect) memories to try to understand the people we love. I can’t wait for you to travel along with Maggie to one of my favorite places in the world as I launch this new series!
Thank you for reading!
Serialization — releasing a book in sequential installments, often in magazines and newspapers — has been used to build suspense for hundreds of years. Every day over the course of several weeks, two new chapters of Sarah Stewart Taylor's The Mountains Wild were released here. Serialization took advantage of the book's natural chapter arcs — and helped build the mystery before unraveling it.
All of the chapters are available to read now. Click on the table of contents below to access them, or scroll down the page for a profile piece about the author and brief introductions of each chapter, with wonderful illustrations by Katherine Lam.
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