Danish author Christian Moerk has crafted a simultaneously horrifying and compelling novel about Ireland, storytelling, murder and love that is nearly impossible to put down, for fear of what may happen to the characters when you stop reading. It is very easy to lose yourself in the story and become involved with the too-vivid characters.
Marilyn Stasio of “The New York Times: Sunday Book Review” writes: “Stripped to its structural bones, the story sounds like an erotic fairy tale run amok in alien literary forms. But while the conflation of diverse genres — murder mystery, romantic suspense, psychological thriller, folk legend — results in a wrap-up ending that overexplains it all, Moerk has his own powers of enchantment. Throughout the shifts in narrative voice and tone, the three Walsh sisters maintain their wonderfully modern vitality, while Jim remains a killer charmer in all versions of the story being juggled here: the murder mystery told in real time; the macabre love story disclosed in the journals; and the magical yarn Darling Jim spins about twin princes whose peaceable kingdom falls into ruin when one of them succumbs to his bestial nature and turns into a wolf. No wonder Fiona, Roisin and Aoife were spellbound.”
Daniel Mallory of “The Washington Post” writes: “Aglow with fairy-tale inflections, this hypnotic, neo-Gothic suspense story unfolds like a hothouse bloom, lush and pungent; it’s a sprig of nightshade, all petals and poison. And it heralds the arrival of an astonishingly gifted storyteller.”
Take a look at http://www.christianmoerk.com/ for more Darling Jim stories and information about the author.
Come to discuss on August 16th, 7p, at the Coffee Garden (2904 Franklin Boulevard)