Darling Jim

Darling Jim

A Novel

Book - 2009
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A modern gothic novel of suspense that reveals, through their diaries, the story of sisters who fall in love with a beguiling stranger, and of the town that turns a blind eye to his murderous ways

When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office's dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he's ever heard--and her tale has only just begun.

Niall soon becomes enveloped by the mystery surrounding itinerant storyteller Jim, who traveled through Ireland enrapturing audiences and wooing women with his macabre mythic narratives. Captivated by Jim, townspeople across Ireland thought it must be a sad coincidence that horrific murders trailed him wherever he went--and they failed to connect that the young female victims, who were smitten by the newest bad boy in town, bore an all too frightening similarity to the victims in Jim's own fictional plots.

The Walsh sisters, fiercely loyal to one another, were not immune to "darling" Jim's powers of seduction, but found themselves in harm's way when they began to uncover his treacherous past. Niall must now continue his dangerous hunt for the truth--and for the vanished third sister--while there's still time. And in the woods, the wolves from Jim's stories begin to gather.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805089479
Branch Call Number: FICTION Moerk Christian
Characteristics: 288 p. ;,25 cm.


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John_David Jan 06, 2014

I was roped in from the beginning by this story within a story within a story. The character "Darling Jim" of the title is enigmatic and attractive, and affects the life of everyone he comes in contact with.

It's a murder mystery where we know whodunit pretty much right away; the whydunit is the greater mystery.

Jul 25, 2011

Enjoyable read.

Dec 31, 2010

I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time, but then I just finished college that probably explains most of it. I enjoyed Moerk's approach to Ireland, though he himself is not a native he didn't write a book to sell the country to tourists and in the process makes it all the more intriguing to visit.

It's a very dark story with plenty of twists.

Jan 14, 2010

Beginning was a bit gruesome, and might discourage some readers, but perseverance pays off. Quickly morphs into a good mystery well worth reading. Highly recommended and looking forward to his next novel.


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