March 3, 2009

Review: Darling Jim by Christian Moerk

Product Description:

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.

My Review:

I was mesmerized by this book from the first chapter. The story is told mostly by the sisters diaries so you get a feel for the big picture but you can’t really tell what’s going on until the very end.

Moerk writes beautifully and weaves a story that flows from page to page. Interwoven with the diaries is the story told by Jim as he’s enthralling the town. I found myself sucked in to both the diaries and the story surrounding the death of the sisters and aunt. I didn’t want to put the book down and stayed thinking about it long after the last page was read. The book comes to an amazing end that was not at all surprising but still satisfying. I highly recommend this to all suspense lovers.


bermudaonion said...

That sounds so good - I love the cover, too.

Katherine said...

I read this a while ago, and I had mixed feelings about it. Great atmosphere, but I thought it was a little over the top.

Unknown said...

Shoot! i saw this book on sale for $1 at my library and passed. I have to go back tomorrow and hope it's still there

Ladytink_534 said...

Sounds like a very neat story and I just love the opening paragraph of the "product description" as it immediately captured my imagination.