Darling Jim

Darling Jim

Book - 2010
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The widely acclaimed debut novel--about three sisters, three tales, and a very dark secret--that's a "chilling bedtime story for adults."-- People (three stars)

Fiona Walsh thought her family's secrets would follow her to her grave, but when her diary is found by a young postman, Niall, the truth about her untimely demise--and that of her sister and aunt--begins to see the light of day. It's the most tragic love story he's ever heard.

Niall soon becomes enveloped by the mystery surrounding Jim--an itinerant storyteller who traveled through Ireland enrapturing audiences and wooing women with his macabre mythic sagas--though a trail of murder followed him wherever he went. The Walsh sisters, fiercely loyal to each other, 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., [2010], ©2009.
ISBN: 9780805092080
Characteristics: 288, 15 p. ; 21 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.

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nwspirit
Jul 25, 2011

Enjoyable read.

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maggiealmalee
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.

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Lewisjohn
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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