Mounting the Whale Kindle Edition
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The above quote sums up how I feel about Mounting the Whale. Its a fun book that talks about interesting moral dilemmas and isn't too heavy handed about whats right or wrong, just accept things as "it is what it is". If you're like me, you'll read it, you'll love the characters, and you'll want more. This is Colleen McCarty's first book and I can't help but hope we won't have to wait long for a sequel. To the writer: Thank you for taking the time to create such a great read.
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.
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
It’s not easy to categorize a book like this, on some levels it’s a comedy but it has so many dramatic elements with a combination of adventure, intrigue, romance and crime that I think people will either love it or hate it. This family is the epitome of dysfunctional with easy to relate to, varied members and an emotional slant that make the reader feel for them.
Mounting the whale is a well written interesting novel with a unique plot and I recommend it to readers looking for something original to read.
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Mounting the Whale feels familiar, as if written by a close friend, and the larger than life journey might inspire you to dream larger, or even pursue a life as a detective... or a master criminal!
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