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Darling Jim

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A modern gothic novel of suspense that reveals, through their diaries, the story of sisters who fall in love with a beguiling stranger, and of the town that turns a blind eye to his murderous ways

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 ma...more
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Laura
I picked up Darling Jim at the library this afternoon and just "finished" it, which in this case means I stopped really reading it early on and just skimmed through the rest to see if it could be that bad all the way through. It was. Now I feel like my brain needs a breath mint.

A handsome, sexy drifter rides his bright red antique motorcycle into a sleepy Irish town. Think Paul Newman in Long Hot Summer but on a bike - although in this case instead of being a blue-eyed blond, the drifter has "bl...more
Lauren Abel
I am torn on this review. Darling Jim was an enjoyable read with interesting characters, a fast-faced plot, and rich description. However, some parts were very unrealistic and this distracted me. When a story is related through something such as a character's letter, the story should not shift between present and past tense or go into lengthy detail about events that happened years ago. No one can recall every detail of an incident that played out over a few weeks years ago, no matter how signif...more
Allison Campbell
Like his con artist storyteller, Jim Quick, Christian Moerk weaves a Gothic tale of suspense that draws its audience in, compelling us to find out how it all ends. The structure is intricate, but adds to the mood. The book opens with mail carrier Desmond finding the body of an old woman on his route. When the police investigate, they find not only the body of Moira, but the bodies of two young women who were apparently her prisoners. Further investigation reveals that the girls were Moira's niec...more
Pertita
Não consigo dar mais que três estrelas.....
Estava à espera de melhor, diferente, não sei.....
Lê-se bem mas fiquei um pouco desiludida.
Sandie
This modern Gothic novel will grab you and whisk you away on a reading adventure you will not soon forget. The author of DARLING JIM presents his readers with an elaborate and sumptuous tale, some finely tuned dialogue, a tightly crafted plot plus some memorable and engaging characters.

The story begins with a bang as an inquisitive Dublin mailman discovers the bodies of three females at a home along his route.
Who are these women and how did the meet their untimely end? Author, Christian Moerk ha...more
Andreia Silva
Depois de todo o alarido à volta deste livro é óbvio que fiquei com a curiosidade afiada e com as expectativas baixas, pois quando o alarido é muito, geralmente isso não coincide com a qualidade do livro. Mas enganei-me, neste caso. O livro é absolutamente fantástico. A história é completamente macabra e os pormenores são de meter medo. Pelo menos a mim arrepiou-me em algumas partes. O facto de se passar na Irlanda, o facto de o Jim ser um forasteiro que aparece do nada (já percebi o porquê do t...more
Neide Parafitas
Iniciei este livro com grandes expectativas, tal foi o alarido mesmo antes do seu lançamento.

Infelizmente ficou um pouco aquém do que esperava, mas não por falta de qualidade, antes pelo facto de não me sentir muito atraída por este tipo de história!!

Contudo, não deixo de o recomendar, pois para os apreciadores será certamente fascinante! :)
Sarah
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Filipa
(http://labirinto-livros.blogspot.pt/2...)

Três cadáveres são encontrados dentro de uma casa em Malahide, na Irlanda. A investigação que a polícia leva a cabo decifra parte do mistério - percebe-se que dois dos cadáveres são de mulheres jovens, na flor da idade e os seus corpos eram testemunhas de alguns maus tratos e a evidência é que ambas viveram por um período considerável encarceradas naquela casa. Como prisioneiras. Sabe-se também que o terceiro cadáver, uma mulher mais velha que as outras...more
Paula
Darling Jim é uma narrativa que conta com vários géneros, são eles, o policial, o histórico e o fantástico. No seu início, a linguagem é simples e cheia de suspense, logo nas primeiras páginas prende o leitor pela curiosidade em volta das acções cheias de mistério.
Christian Mørk, descreve com mestria todo um cenário onde foi cometido um horrível crime em contraste com uma sociedade aparentemente pacífica e pacata. Tendo estes acontecimentos como pano de fundo, o leitor prossegue para as linhas s...more
Patrícia
Uma notícia num jornal já amarelado dava conta de quatro cadáveres, três irmãs e uma tia, que se teriam deixado suicidado, morrendo a fome. Esta notícia perseguiu Christian Mørk durante anos, até que ele decidiu que era daí que viria a primeira história da sua autoria. Darling Jim, nascido de factos reais, é um thriller psicológico que não esquece as lendas e o sobrenatural, que vendeu mais de 38 000 exemplares na Dinamarca e foi traduzido para mais de trinta países.
Christian nasceu em Copenhag...more
Nancy
Debut novelist Christian Moerk has written a fascinating tale of three sisters, their deranged aunt, and the lethal charmer who ensnares them all. Darling Jim will hold you in its grip until the satisfying conclusion. Suspense, love, and murder: this story offers you all three on a plate along with a pint of Guinness. The Irish setting adds to the mystique when the narrative jumps between sisters and to the postman who finds their diaries after their tragic deaths. How did they die? Why did thei...more
Heather
Darling Jim, the intense new thriller from Christian Moerk, opens with a mystery: On his daily rounds, a mailman discovers the body of a woman, dead in her home. When the police arrive, they discover much more: There are 2 more dead bodies hidden in rooms behind locked doors. The bodies come to be identified as those of Moira Hegarty and her two young nieces, Fiona and Roisin Walsh. As the story behind these brutal murders deepens, Fiona's diary is discovered by cartoonist and postal sorter Nial...more
Colleen
In this story within a story, postman Niall finds the diary of a young woman at the center of a murder mystery, and begins to reconstruct the torrid tale behind the murder house and a series of missing women in the west of Ireland. As we learn more about the three Walsh sisters, their Aunt Moira, and the diabolical itinerant storyteller Darling Jim, a brooding sense of foreboding develops that sets the tone for the entire novel.

Between the story within a story within a story format, the mystical...more
Cata
3,5 estrelas

Darling Jim: O Lado Negro da Sedução é a minha estreia com o autor Christian Mørk.

O livro começa de forma magistral, com a descoberta de um crime macabro ocorrido no número 1 de Strand Street. A história, apesar de chocante, poderia ter ficado por aí…não fosse Niall Cleary ter descoberto o diário de uma das vítimas [mas isso vocês já sabem pela sinopse]

Gostei da maneira como a história se desenvolve, alternando entre a demanda de Niall pela verdade, com os diários de Fiona e Róisín e...more
Collin Shea
I was very interested to read this book written by a Danish-born and raised author who has spent the last 20+ years living in the U.S.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book had what I thought was an authentically Irish feel - traveling story-tellers, a sense of the mysterious and very mystical, and fairytales. Not just any fairytales, but scary fairytales that evolve from real-life, as well as real-life unknowingly mimicking fairytales.

The sense that there is something sacred about t...more
Jill
What a very strange book. I did not care for it - I can not believe that any group of young women could be lured into virtual slavery & meet certain death in the manor described. I found it to be rubish. The language was offensive also. Perhaps some will like the "horror" of it - I did not find it compelling to read & only finished it because it was a book club selection.
Amanda
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Victoria Caplinger
Okay, this book was completely silly. It started off on a very promising note – two young women found dead in their aunt’s house, having apparently been kept captive (handcuffed, locked up, & chained) for an extended period, yet having managed to kill their aunt at the same time as they broke their bonds, and were killed themselves. Pure carnage – what’s not to like, right?

But then it just got completely silly – the postal worker finding the diary of one of the dead sisters that got mailed (...more
Tony
Moerk, Christian. DARLING JIM. (2009). **. Two young women, sisters, are found dead, along with their aunt, in her home in suburban Dublin. The sisters had been locked in rooms and tortured, starved and poisoned. The aunt had been battered to death. It seemed as if the secret of their bizarre relationship would never be discovered, until Niall, the local postman, discovers the diary of one of the young women in the dead letter box at his post office. This diary, written by Fiona, one of the sist...more
Filipa
Darling Jim é sem dúvida um livro diferente misturando mortes com lendas. Enleando a realidade com o místico. Intercalando a vida pacata de um carteiro (ou dois) com as vidas efervescentes de três irmâs e uma tia. . .

Ao longo do livro vamos acompanhando a busca de um homem pelas revelações que simples diários lhe deram, vamos descobrindo com ele as coisas que se passaram há bem pouco tempo e que, sem ele querer, lhe foi parar às mãos um mistério quase impossível de resolver. Vai ter que passar p...more
Beth
A Dublin postman makes the unfortunate discovery that someone on his route is deceased, but signs of a struggle and two other bodies discovered within the house indicate there is much more than meets the eye going on. His colleague is intrigued by story, and begins investigating the triple homicide of a maiden aunt and her two nieces.

I thought the language was beautiful, but didn't like that we had to dig though so many layers to get to the story - we had the weird postman, then Niall, then the...more
Michelle
Moerk spins a deliciously dark, modern fairy tale about three sisters and a mysterious stranger who simultaneously entices and repels them. In a small Irish town, the Walsh sisters, Fiona, Aoife, and Róisín, rue the day that a séanachai (Irish storyteller) named Jim Quick rode in on his red motorcycle luring them with tales of wolves, murder, and true love. The rich, mythic words Jim recites in packed local pubs haunt each sister’s reality by having surprising parallels to their interactions wit...more
Sharon
Danish author Christian Moerk has done something that I, honestly, would have wagered against: created a brilliant modern gothic novel that combines the best of suspense and the ancient Irish art of the seanchai, or storyteller.

With his semi-epistolary novel "Darling Jim," Moerk introduces us to Jim Quick, a charismatic storyteller, and three of the women whom he seduces (two sisters and their aunt). The sisters' two posthumous diaries are found by a local postman, and it is he who ultimately un...more
Amy
I'd probably give this 5 stars if I didn't personally reserve that rating for books that move me on some deeper level. This was an absolutely riveting storyline, and it was very hard to put down. There are really three storylines interwoven--the story of a set of murders and how they came about, the story of the man who (sort of) solves them, and the folktale story told by Darling Jim, one of the main characters (can't say too much about him without revealing too much). SO we move between modern...more
Shelly
I picked this up from the library after a friend recommended it to me. I'd really give this 3.5 stars, but I decided to round up. The story unfolds gradually, backwards. The reader is introduced to a postal worker, who finds a letter and a diary. From there the reader is introduced to three sisters, a wolf in story teller's clothing and an aunt who is also swept up in the fray. As a reader I felt for the sisters, and though they too did something horrible, it was justifiable. The horrible realiz...more
Lori Anderson
It's a story within a story within a story, and it's one of the best I've read in a while.

When a woman is found to have been keeping her two nieces captive in her home, and all three die a violent death, all hell breaks loose in their small Irish town. Their story is told via two diaries kept by the two girls, a fired postman, and an ancient tale woven from Celtic legend. It's unlike anything I've ever read, and I highly, enthusiastically, recommend it.


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Victoria
Wow! I really enjoyed this book! The unique structure (who doesn't love the inclusion of secret diaries?!), Irish setting and wonderfully fascinating characters all came together to create a spectacular novel, rich in atmosphere and suspense. I especially liked the twin aspect - that always spices a book up (especially for me, long time Wakefield twins fan). Though the plot was not terribly unpredictable, it was marvelously entertaining and I read it in one sitting! I will definitely be on the l...more
Leah
I would really give this 3 1/2 stars - I liked it, I felt compelled by it, and I think it was good...I just didn't LOVE it. I did really like some of the characters, however, and I liked the setting (Ireland) a lot. It felt very true to the character of Ireland (not that I've been there, but still) which I appreciated. It didn't feel a big stereotype like many other books about Ireland, though it still contained some of the same themes. And it definitely made me want to read other books by the a...more
Blues
An entertaining mystery, which opens strongly, but fails to live up to the promise of the first chapter. I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters at the heart of the story, but I felt they suffered from an unfortunate (contagious?) case of inconsistent characterization wherever the titular Jim was involved. The latter was the book's worst flaw. His excessive, literally unbelievable perfection was just too over-the-top. That he turned every single female human he encountered into a stereoty...more
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Christian Moerk has always told stories. Born into a family of actors, he realized when he was quite young that he’d rather tell the tales himself than interpret other people’s words on stage. But he sucked in the words. From Richard III to Faust.

At 21, he left his hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark, and moved to southeastern state of Vermont, deep in the Green Mountains, where he stayed long enough...more
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