The Darkling Bride

The Darkling Bride

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"Three generations of Irish nobles face their family secrets in this spellbinding novel from the award-winning author of the Boleyn King trilogy. The Gallagher family has called Deeprath Castle home for seven hundred years. Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, the estate is now slated to become a public trust, and book lover and scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. But after meeting Aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, and his enigmatic family, Carragh knows that her task will be more challenging than she'd thought. Two decades before, Aidan's parents died violently at Deeprath. The case, which was never closed, has recently been taken up by a new detective determined to find the truth. The couple's unusual deaths harken back a century, when twenty-three-year-old Lady Jenny Gallagher also died at Deeprath under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind an infant son and her husband, a renowned writer who never published again. These incidents only fueled fantastical theories about the Darkling Bride, a local legend of a sultry and dangerous woman from long ago whose wrath continues to haunt the castle. The past catches up to the present, and odd clues in the house soon have Carragh wondering if there are unseen forces stalking the Gallagher family. As secrets emerge from the shadows and Carragh gets closer to answers--and to Aidan--could she be the Darkling Bride's next victim?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780425286432
Branch Call Number: ANDERSE
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 25 cm

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jazpur
May 26, 2018

I enjoyed this story covering several generations of Irish family secrets. Distinctly Gothic in style and often melodramatic. The ancient castle with its library full of first editions and family treasures, not to mention the ghostly presences, drew me in from the beginning. The characters are for the most part, very convincing even if I had guessed whodunit.

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Chelsea016
Mar 09, 2018

This was an interesting book. It pulled me in almost right away. I really loved the way the three storylines (Evan/Jenny, Lily/Cillian, Carragh/Aidan) all wove together. There was so much that happened in one story that would turn around and point out or bring to light something that was happening in another. I will admit to having a couple of "Wait, this can't stop here! I need to know what happens next!" moments when a chapter/scene would end and move to a different story, but I did eventually get my answers. And really, while I was definitely interested in Jenny and her (not)madness, and Lily and her different interests, all I wanted was Carragh and Aidan! I LOVED them together! I mean, yeah, it was almost guaranteed that they were going to be the thing, but I'll admit to thinking (for a brief moment in time) that maybe they'd just end up being great at figuring out what was going on and then Aidan would go back to like Penelope or something. Aidan and Carragh really fit because they both had a trauma that kind of pulled them away from the world. I really liked how Carragh used hers to see that family doesn't end with blood, and she was bound and determined to make Aidan see it too. I also liked how he finally pulled his head out of the sand (because lets face it, that's basically what he'd done since leaving Ireland--stuck his head in the sand and hoped that no one would come along to pull him out and make him face who he was) and saw that Deeprath could be more than something that he just wipes his hands of. I did like Pen too. She was completely honest with Aidan and didn't pull any of the jealous witch crap regarding Aidan and Carragh. She did a great job of pointing out what Aidan was too stubborn to see (or maybe more to the point: choosing not to see) and then making sure he acknowledged it. She seems like she'll still be a great friend to Aidan and maybe even Carragh. I will admit to kind of figuring out at least part of the mystery early on. I was certain that people's explanation on the murder/suicide or a botched robbery were completely wrong, but I was a little hazy on the who or the why. I will admit to being a little surprised when reasons were discovered. Although, once they why was determined, the who made a little more sense. And I'd started to puzzle out Jenny's mystery, although I wish there had been a little more explanation on the how of it. I can kind of see where people would think they had a good idea for the resolution, but I still would have liked a little more on the how/who, etc. I loved the setting. Deeprath was written to give just the perfect mix of Irish country and Gothic castle. Once you threw in the mystery of solving the murders, it got even better! And there was some amazing chemisty and serious swoons between Carragh and Aidan. GAH! I really wanted a little more of them together. Not just for some romance either. They made a great team!

ArapahoeSummer Mar 06, 2018

The Darkling Bride is a dark and complex family mystery unraveled across several generations. I thoroughly enjoyed the strong characters, ghostly whispers, and clues from the past.

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