I've read a lot of serial killer themed mysteries-I mean, A LOT! For a while there it felt like all I ever read was mysteries and thrillers, so my serial killer quotient was pretty high. But I have never come across a mystery quite like Christian Moerk's Darling Jim.
This book was mesmerizing. Jim is beguiling, and ruthless. The sisters are strong and fiercely loyal to each other, but they are not immune to Jim's power to enchant. The whole novel is tied together by the macabre story that Jim tells as he travels across Ireland-a tale of betrayal, lust, and madness. As the story progresses it becomes more and more sinister, until the true face of Jim is shown, savage and deadly. The narrators-Fiona and Roisin-are deeply flawed, but honest in their account of their part in the events that led to their deaths. A modern Gothic novel, this book is a great read for anyone who prefers their mysteries on the sinister side.