• JANUARY 2019 •

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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The Scholar

By Dervla McTiernan

From the author of The Ruin comes a compulsive new crime thriller set in the fiercely competitive, cutthroat world of research and academia, where the brightest minds will stop at nothing to succeed.


  1. Did you enjoy this book? Rate it out of 5.
  2. Dr. Emma Sweeney finds a body at the onset of the story – did you believe from the beginning that she had nothing to do with the murder?
  3. Describe Emma and Cormac’s relationship. It has been marred by past trauma – how does that affect things?
  4. Cormac is allowed to continue on the case even though his partner is clearly involved. How believable is this? Do you think he handles the case
    professionally?
  5. Carline Darcy is a complicated character; do you sympathise with her? Did you connect with her as a character?
  6. Della is clearly an incredibly bright individual; what did you make of this character? She has a troubled relationship with her family, but still sent them money each month. Discuss
  7. When Cormac see Emma’s car at the scene of the crime in the video, do you blame him for wondering if she had something to do with the murder?
  8. How predictable did you find the end? Did you see it coming?
  9. Is the author equally interested in character and plot? Or did the author put more effort into developing the story than creating compelling and believable characters? Were the motivations of the chracters believable or did their actions feel like a means to further the plot?
  10. The Scholar is the second book in The Cormac Reilly series, it’s completely standalone, but has it made you want to read the first book The Ruin?
  11. If you had the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?

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