... a fast-paced, tension-filled yarn filled with twists the reader is unlikely to see coming. Taylor tells the story in a lyrical prose style that is a joy to read. She excels in vividly portraying both the rural Ireland and Long Island settings and in developing memorable characters including D’arcy’s partner, Dave Milich, and her troubled daughter, Lilly ... The only off note is occasional references to events in The Mountain Wild that are difficult for readers to fathom unless they have read the first book in the series.
As with the first Maggie D’arcy, the Irish setting takes center stage, with Maggie herself playing backup. A big problem, though, is that Taylor does little to orient either new or returning readers; unless you’ve read The Mountains Wild recently, it’s hard to get a grip on what’s going on. Still, this has the makings of a solid series.