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3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  2,121 Ratings  ·  411 Reviews
Die Bewohner des irischen Dorfs Malahide mieden das Haus noch lange, obwohl die Leichen längst friedlich in der Erde ruhten. Drei tote Frauen waren in dem Spukhaus gefunden worden. Sie waren auf grausame Weise gestorben. Wer aber hatte sie so brutal getötet? Hing das alles mit diesem Fremden zusammen, Jim Quick? Der Märchenerzähler war durch die Pubs der Gegend gezogen und ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 7th 2010 by Piper (first published 2007)
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(Warning: this book is super violent. Especially against animals (yuck!) and including sexual violence toward women.)

I had a lot of problems with this book (they're detailed below because I felt the need to vent!), but they all amount to: 1. The women in this book (even though it's their story) have no agency; their story is collected and concluded by a man. 2. This book requires some HUGE suspensions of disbelief, especially about the police and criminal investigations.

So why 3 stars ("I liked
Oct 13, 2009 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Allison Campbell
Mar 23, 2009 Allison Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I didn't care for this. I really skimmed the last quarter of this book. Oh well.
Não consigo dar mais que três estrelas.....
Estava à espera de melhor, diferente, não sei.....
Lê-se bem mas fiquei um pouco desiludida.
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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
Jan 19, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 22, 2009 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 01, 2011 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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! :)

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
Nov 12, 2011 Paula rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2009 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Hannah Fullmer
5/2015: I just have to write a quick update to say that this book has continued to linger on in my imagination and that I literally crave the imaginative, escapist, dark-fairytale-like space it took me to when I read it two years ago. Few stories grow in my mind as times goes on, but Darling Jim is one of them.

A quick review before I forget some of my initial impressions. This suspense novel was unique in that it incorporated a sort of fairytale feel along with the horror and mystery. It takes p
Collin Shea
May 07, 2010 Collin Shea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 19, 2013 Cata rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 21, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Feb 01, 2009 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2011 Ruby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The most difficult thing I had with reading this book was my inability to suspend disbelief that the story was written by someone kept captive and chained in a bedroom and giving herself only three more days to live. The tone of the narrative just didn't jive with the circumstance of the character it was supposedly coming from, and I couldn't help rolling my eyes at the recollection of so many details (dialogs, descriptions)that to me would have been completely unnecessary in getting the point o ...more
Dec 08, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 26, 2015 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part fairy tale, part murder mystery, part family drama, the majority oft "Jim" reads like an Irish "Looking for Mr. Goodbar": tough sisters, all smitten by an itinerant,charismatic "story teller",make some bad choices and then exact their revenge upon the vulpine charlatan, and in turn are out-smarted by someone even more devilish. I have a weakness for gutsy Irish heroines, who don't tolerate fecking eedjits and who prowl the territory between love and lust,sanity and risk,and these are some s ...more
Há livros que começam muito bem mas depois perdem o fôlego ao longo das páginas. “Darling Jim” é um bom exemplo.

O início deixou-me super curiosa – uma mulher de meia idade e as suas duas sobrinhas são encontradas mortas em casa, havendo fortes indícios de que as jovens eram prisioneiras. O carteiro Niall não liga muito a esta história mas, quando encontra o diário de Fiona, uma das vítimas, fica embrenhado nos dramas da família Walsh, cuja pacífica existência foi virada de avesso devido a Jim Qu
Jul 06, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 (
Apr 30, 2009 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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
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