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The Darkling Bride: A Novel

Gallagher Family Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Sarah-Jane Drummey
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (193 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

The Gallagher family has called Deeprath Castle home for 700 years. Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, the estate is now slated to become a public trust, and book lover and scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. But after meeting Aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, and his enigmatic family, Carragh knows that her task will be more challenging than she'd thought.

Two decades before, Aidan's parents died violently at Deeprath. The case, which was never closed, has recently been taken up by a new detective determined to find the truth. The couple's unusual deaths harken back a century, when 23-year-old Lady Jenny Gallagher also died at Deeprath under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind an infant son and her husband, a renowned writer who never published again. These incidents only fueled fantastical theories about the Darkling Bride, a local legend of a sultry and dangerous woman from long ago whose wrath continues to haunt the castle.

The past catches up to the present, and odd clues in the house soon have Carragh wondering if there are unseen forces stalking the Gallagher family. As secrets emerge from the shadows and Carragh gets closer to answers - and to Aidan - could she be the Darkling Bride's next victim?

©2018 Laura Andersen (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Loved! Story, characters, ending! Great reader.

Hated to pause at the end of my travels and not sit in the car and listen all the way through.

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Good listen!

I think this would have made an awesome movie 🎥🍿 ! Good book no doubt can’t wait to here more from this author

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In Awe

This is probably one of my favorite audio books, right behind Susanna Kearsley's books. The mystery of it all wraps you up and holds on to the end. The narration was perfect, and depicted the atmosphere perfectly. When I went to bed last night, I stupidly set the 30 min. sleep mode. I got maybe 2 hours sleep because I continually reset that freaking timer. Highly Recommend!

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Loved it!

This book has everything I love, it’s a gothic romance, it has ghosts, towers, Ireland, and books. It’s going to the top of my favorite books list.

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Great fantast/mystery/folktale. I loved it!

This was a wonderful tale full of mystery and folklore. a great read on a cold winter weekend! I highly recommend it. I am looking forward to book 2!

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  • MOLLYO
  • SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States
  • 09-17-19

very good story

I haven't heard a great gothic story in a long time. This one met all requirements needed to make it very good & fun to hear.

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GALLAGHER FAMILY NOVEL REVIEW

I enjoy re-listening to The Darkling Bride. Many thanks to Laura Anderson and audible.com
Thanks also for AUDIBLE ESCAPE features. Bye for now, Glen ;-)

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Poor narration

The narration is too slow. It sounds like an old cassette tape that has been left out in the sun. Speeding it up didn’t work either. Fortunately the story was so good that I trudged through.

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Disappointed

The story has much promise but is so disappointing from its thinly veiled villains to its flat moodiness.

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Engaging story with enough surprises

I was recommended this book as a great read for a long drive, and it did not disappoint. Just enough suspense and interesting characters. The story ends with things mainly resolved but definitely some loose ties where you are left to imagine what happens next.