Monday, December 9, 2013

TOUR STOP AND GIVEAWAY: Mounting the Whale by Colleen McCarty

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The self-made and affluent Pierce family is hurled into a seamy kidnapping plot when they receive a text message from Janine—the most troubled of all the Pierce children.

The siblings, drowning in their own problems, are forced to focus on the task at hand: a half-cocked rescue mission that involves a borrowed yacht, a favor from a notorious drug kingpin, and a shocking reunion none of them expected.

When the family decides to sneak into Mexico, mother Cybil is forced to deal with a rival CEO whom she’s developed feelings for in secret. Her only son, Tom, is willing to risk bodily harm to save Janine while his other sisters, Carlyle and Valerie, suspect that the kidnapping is less than legitimate.

The long sea voyage tests the limits of the family’s already frail bonds. Dark secrets of infertility, drugs, gambling and extreme taxidermy begin to float to the surface. But nothing compares to what they begin to learn about their missing sister.
If they’re going to make it out alive, they have to recognize they're fighting the same battles and facing life’s greatest challenges: love, loneliness, and the struggle to find a place in the world.



I was a bit hesitant about this book. I loved the title, and though the cover is simple, I really like it. (As a matter of fact, the cover makes a lot sense after reading the book. Very clever, in my opinion. Makes me like the cover even more.) Even so, something kept me from starting the book. And when I did start it, I was like, what the hell am I reading? It took me a few pages to get into it. But I did get into it. And in the end, I enjoyed it. It's a bit dark, especially the epilogue. I feel like I should warn you about that.
This story is written entirely in the third person, mostly from Carlyle's perspective. Because of that, I definitely was more attached to her than any other character. It also explores Cybil's POV, as well as a bit of Valerie's. They are all very interesting women, if I must say so myself. Each of them has issues that they spend the book working through. While at first they seemed distant, I feel like I got to know them a lot better. While I don't necessarily like them or agree with them, I sympathize with them a bit. It hardly excuses the things they've done, but they are still human. 
As the synopsis says, the whole idea is trying to find Janine. There are a couple subplots. Carlyle has issues with her husband. Cybil has issues with Todd (a fellow CEO and possible love interest). Valerie has issues with her love interest, as well as her mother.
Okay, they all have issues with their mother. I think that's obvious considering Cybil's youngest child is Tom and he's 18? 19? And the rest are much older than that. And they all depend heavily on Cybil. Which is a lot scarier than it sounds.
I know.
But other than that, there's not much else to the plot. The pacing was alright. It was slow in some parts, action-wise. And then there was random action. It's not so bad as that, but I couldn't read too fast just in case I missed something.
It really was an interesting book. There was a lot of soul searching: trying to figure out what's really important in life and such. It also revealed a lot of dark stuff: might-as-well-be-trafficking, drugs, cartels, etc.
It didn't bring anything new to the table plot-wise. However it did present new characters and perspectives.
And as I mentioned before, that epilogue is shocking. I liked it in a sense. Morbid, but meaningful. But still very morbid.
You have been warned.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Why: It took me a while to get into it, and the ending was a bit anticlimactic in my opinion. Still enjoyable, though.
Recommendation: people who enjoy a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a bit of dark contemporary, as well as soul searching. I'd suggest this to mature readers

Colleen McCarty

I think I always knew I wanted to write, but kept trying to talk myself out of it. In college, I enrolled as an English major, but quickly switched when I realized I had no idea how I would make a living as an English major. I switched to something business-y.

I became an entrepreneur, opening two restaurants and a publishing company before my 28th birthday. But I always felt a tug. It wasn’t that I didn’t love helping people publish their books, and it wasn’t that I didn’t love marketing for my husband and I’s restaurant (Mod’s Coffee and Crepes, bee tee dubs)—there was just something missing.

When I would tell a story to a group of friends, or get really into a great book for example, I felt more alive. Something inside clicked on. So, even though I had a brand new baby (EVA!) and two businesses to run, I started trying to tell a story that I had been thinking about. Most of my writing was done after everyone had gone to bed, between 9pm and 12am, usually. I had a lot of help along the way, but 8 months later it was done.

Now, almost 12 months later, I’m ready to put this baby out into the world. And, I hope you’re ready too. It’s happening December 5th, 2013. There will be lots of ways to get involved, stay tuned here, or sign up for the newsletter (in the top right corner) to get up-to-date info on the book launch.
Love to one, friendship to many, goodwill to all.



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