Darling Jim by Christian Moerk

bookcover.phpHow can anybody deny the charms of “Darling Jim”? He leaves women swooning in his wake and charms everyone with his stories of terror and death. He has dark hair, a twinkle in his eye, and a motorcycle. His words are like magic and he has enthralled everyone he has ever met. But there is a much darker side to Jim.

Three women, two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their home. The aunt has her head bashed in and the sisters have been held captive, slowly being poisoned. What could have happened to this family to make them turn on each other?

Niall, a mailman, had discovered the journal of one of the sisters and is now on a quest to find out the truth of what happened to that family and how Jim manages to tear them apart, all with a smile. Niall has no life of his own and but he finally feels like he is alive thanks to the two sisters. He begins to discover the pieces of the puzzle and learns of the most bitter love story. He is haunted by them and he cannot rest until he discovers all the answers.

In every town that “Darling Jim” passes through, he leaves a trail of death and sadness. Everyone loves their “Darling Jim” so much that nothing can break the spell, not even the fact that the stories that he tells resemble the stories of women who have died in the towns he visited.

What does Jim have to do with the three dead women? What mysteries are there for Niall to reveal?

This is a very intriguing yet disturbing novel. It’ll suck you in right from the beginning and then throw you back out, glad to have read it but still feeling just a bit uncomfortable. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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