Mounting the Whaleby Colleen McCarty Published 5 Dec 2013
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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.
Cartel got me, tell mom
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.
"Mounting the Whale" Reviews
In Mounting the Whale by Colleen McCarty readers are introduced to a family that is beyond dysfunctional. This family decides to sneak into Mexico to rescue their sister Janine. In doing so, Cybil will have to face the man she has had a crush on, while her other two daughters try to figure out if their sister’s kidnapping is for real or fake. Tony, the only man in the family decides he will stop at nothing to return his sister safely home. Does this family really know what they are getting into?
It seems family secrets start to unravel to test the family’s bond. Cybil, Tony, Valerie and Carlyle start to learn a lot about their missing sister and daughter. It seems the family doesn’t known Janine as much as they thought they did. The family soon realizes that they are in for the fight of their lives. Will rescuing Janine be worth it?
What I Did Not Like: The book started slow but picked up later which changed the outlook of the book.
What I Did Like: I was kind of put off from the synopsis and was for sure this book was not going to keep my attention. After the book picked up I was in for a surprise. I love books that catch me off guard and Mounting the Whale definitely accomplished that and then some. This book had well-developed characters that carry the plot, which will capture readers until the end. I recommend this book to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
4 Stars=Great Page Turner
Colleen McCarty is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Mounting the Whale
When I first read the synopsis, I’ll be honest – I was a little hesitant about this one. It seemed pretty far-fetched, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to connect to the story at all. Well those fears were put to rest pretty quickly after reading just the first few chapters. The writing is terrific and the storyline just sucks you in. What I ended up liking most about this book is actually what I feared I would dislike – the crazy plot. Whenever I was reading I was completely absorbed in the book because it took me out of whatever it was I was doing and made me fall into the world of these characters. I saw another review saying this book read like a movie in your mind, and I absolutely agree with that. Terrific fiction read!
*I received an ARC for my honest review*
Some of us can relate to the dysfunction of the Pierce family. All of the children seem to have major issues with their mother. The most challenged child of the group, Janine, sends a message to her family telling her that the cartel has her. She has always left a path of destruction where ever she goes. At first, they all question if she has really been captured or if she just needed a stint in rehab.
Janine's sister Carlyle and her brother Tom, take off to look for her. All they know is someone named 'El Toro' has taken her. Who is this 'El Toro' and why did he take their sister.
Colleen McCarty has written a hilarious first novel. The characters and storyline are perfect in this story. I cannot wait to read further novels by her.
I had a hard time getting into the book, but after I made it through this first few chapters I realized that this book was a little more than I was expecting - it was quirky. It is about family coming together to help one another while working through their demons along the way. Each has something to hide from the others and as they continue to try to find their kidnapped sibling, they reveal more and more about their secrets. I found the family to be quite dysfunctional, but overall they are a family that I could empathize with. The book itself is a mixture of comedy and drama with a dash of mystery and romance. It is a look at how people accept things for what they are and not for right and wrong.
i totally loved it! fast-paced and a great story.