Hands down, the best book I’ve read in a very, very long time. Darling Jim by Christian Moerk was a pick-up from the Border’s super clearance that I’m sad to see go.
The novel focuses around the discovery of two murdered sisters that were brutally terrorized in their final days in their aunt’s home. After the girls’ discovery, journals (written by the sisters) surface and the reader is dumped in a tale of Irish storytelling, mystery, and enchantment as they fall head over heels for a mysterious stranger Jim Quick…and Irish seanchai (or story teller) who has a murderous past. I was completely enthralled with the novel and could not put it down … always wondering how the girls ended up murdered and who was the culprit.
You’ll learn to love the sisters (and there are actually three but you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens to the third sister!) although they tell the reader that they are no better than the person who murdered them. You’ll love their story and the journey that they go on, as they follow Jim’s enchantments and also quickly realize that he’s up to something far more sinister than eery story-telling. I recommend this book to anyone looking to get lost in a great novel!