The Darkling Bride

The Darkling Bride

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition
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In the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, Deeprath Castle is the home of the Darkling Bride, a local legend of a sultry and dangerous woman from long ago whose wrath continues to haunt the castle. When the estate is slated to become a public trust, scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. Two decades ago the parents of Aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, died violently at Deeprath... and the case was never closed. Were their deaths related to that of Lady Jenny Gallagher, who died at Deeprath a century before under mysterious circumstances? As secrets emerge from the shadows and Carragh gets closer to answers-- and to Aidan-- will she be the Darkling Bride's next victim?
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425286432 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
0425286436 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
Branch Call Number: FIC ANDERSEN
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 25 cm

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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!

AL_SUMMER 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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