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.
©2009 Christian Moerk; (P)2009 Tantor
"Darling Jim is wickedly good.... The tale spirals like a Celtic knot, wending back into authentic Irish folklore and forward into the modern world where storytellers have a dangerous charm." (Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child)
This was a great story, part mystery and part psychological thriller.
Three women are found dead in an apartment under chilling circumstances. Later, two diaries are discovered, one from each of the sisters found dead. Through these diaries, we learn about the sisters and their aunt, and how things went so awry. We also learn about Jim, a traveling stranger and master storyteller. He is irresistible and magnetic and seduces women easily. But women are dying and soon one of the sisters suspect Jim is a thief and a possible murderer.
But this is just the beginning. This story had me on the edge of my seat making it difficult to stop listening. Both narrators also did a great job. Their Irish accents were perfect and gave this story a haunting quality. A taunt, chilling, well written book. I highly recommend!
The narrators of this book take the story and make it better than it would have been if I had read it on paper myself. Their skilled narration and "spot on" Irish accents kept me immersed in the plot, setting and characters as if I were really there. The story within a story within a story is well crafted with mystery, tragedy and humor that made me watch the time elapse on my iPod with regret. I found the language vibrant and worthy of close attention, no matter which timeframe we were in: medieval or modern. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I felt the motives of two important characters, as revealed at the end, were not as compelling, or fully fleshed out, as they should have been. This will be one of my favorite listens for a long time -- until Christian Moerk publishes again, I'm sure!
This was a solid four stars. I liked the characters. There was a twist that I didn't see coming. It petered out a bit toward the end. But all in all, an enjoyable listen. Very good narration.
What a great listen - the plotting and pacing were right on. The author did a masterful job with the story within a story. Sure there was sex and foul language. The sex was an important part of the story - and as for the language - well, this story takes place at the current time - and this is how people speak. The narrators really added the 'Irish' to this story and really captured the characters for me. I have to believe that someone is going to snatch this book up to make a movie.
The title is like a romance novel. But the novel was wonderful. Keeps you interested. The ending unexpected. I loved the readers accent. It fit the setting.
The story was probably pretty good - couldn't get past the foul language. Sorry I bought itl It would be helpful to include parts that have foul language in the sample so we could be forewarned.
One of those books you think is going to get real exciting and have a good ending. WRONG! In fact, it is going along and all of a sudden, jumps so in the story line, that several times I went back and replayed thinking I must have missed a chapter the links in story were so poor and left a lot for you to figure out yourself. Language is also very offensive and if I had realized it was going to be like that would never have purchased. There has got to be better books, buy one of those!
I loved hearing the story behind the tragedy. Great story. Well written. Appreciated the reader's Irish accent. This makes the audible version of the book preferable to reading it. The ending makes me hope for a sequel. Whatever happened to Desmond? What happens when Darling Jim's brother learns the truth after the graphic novel is published? I hope such a sequel is written to explain what happens to the remaining sister, her child, and Niall. This is one of the stories I like to hear more than once.
It was so boring that every time I tried to listen to it, I just turned it off. I wanted Christian fiction not the author.
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