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10.30.2008

Review: The Wild Sight by Loucinda McGary

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The Wild Sight: An Irish tale of deadly deeds and forbidden love by Loucinda McGary
Paranormal Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Ghosts
Mass Market Paperback (SOURCEBOOKS CASABLANCA, 336 pages, $6.99)
ISBN# 1402213948
Sensual romantic suspense set in Ireland featuring a hero with psychic powers.
Cursed with the Irish clairvoyance known as "The Sight," Donovan O'Shea fled to America to escape his "gift." Fifteen years later, his father's illness has forced him to return to the family homestead where years earlier, Donovan's mother disappeared into the fens and was never seen again. Now the same fens are offering up secrets, both ancient and recent, and restoring a terrible legacy that just may drive him mad. And if this were not trouble enough, a beautiful woman walks into his life, claiming to be his half-sister.
Rylie Powell never knew her real father. Her mother would only say he was a charming Irishman who seduced her, married her, and then abandoned her and his baby daughter. But after her mother's death, Rylie finds tantalizing clues about her father that send her off to Northern Ireland and an archeological site on Dermot O'Shea's property, the man listed on her birth certificate as her father.
Did Dermot O'Shea father both Donovan and Rylie?
What is Donovan's connection to the Celtic High King Niall of the Nine Hostages?
And what secrets do the fens hold that invites murder?
Author Site:
http://www.loucindamcgary.com/


Where's my passport? (4 stars)

Rylie is a young woman in search of her identity. After her mother died of cancer six months previous, she decided to try and find the man who had deserted them both when she was just a baby. What very few clues she has about him—her birth certificate and some photos—lead her to Ireland in search of Dermot O'Shea. Dermot, meanwhile, has had a stroke and can no longer handle his own affairs. Though he left years ago to live in America, Donovan O'Shea has come back to help his sister settle his father's business affairs. This involves selling off a piece of property that has been a source of trouble since his childhood. The fens bring upon The Sight, a legendary form of clairvoyance commonly found in women but noted as a Druidic quality as well.

When Rylie comes bursting into Donovan's world looking for her father he's certain that they can't be siblings. Primarily because his father loved his mother but also because he's intensely attracted to the stubborn Californian. As they try to unravel the mystery of her birth father another mystery falls right into their laps. A body has been found out in the fens. It's an old murder come back to haunt the O'Shea family and as Donovan and Rylie unravel the mystery of her father's real identity, Donovan's own lineage comes into question. Twists, turns and murder most foul lead the might-be-siblings on a dangerous adventure through the history of the fens and Ireland's legacy of violence.

Wow. What a book. I was a little skeptical at first. I've seen a few too many cheesy 'American girl in Ireland' stories. But McGary obviously did her research, knew the customs and histories, that put together a story so real it felt exotic. Being an Irish-American I was quite easily lured into the mythology of The Sight and even just the descriptions of the country itself. I felt a bit like a lost tourist with an overly knowledge-able local as a guide.

I hate to say it but I often see the twists before they come and that's always frustrating. With The Wild Sight I was plenty surprised. If you love a good plot twist this has them so seamlessly woven in you won't know them until they hit you upside the head. The dialog could have been an issue but McGary did well in keeping things as clear and concise as possible while still keeping the Irish feel. My only real beef with the book is spoilerific so sorry, I can't share! While I wasn't fully happy with how the story tied up (a few loose ends annoyed me) romance fans will enjoy the HEA factor. If you're looking for loads of paranormal elements this one might not be up your alley, a bit of ghosty goodness and Donovan's clairvoyance were the sum of it. All in all a pretty entertaining read, perfect for one of those late nights when you can't sleep because you'll keep thinking "okay one more chapter then I'm going to sleep" and next thing you know you'll be done!

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