When two sisters and
their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that
the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then
Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office’s
dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most
tragic love story he’s ever heard—and her tale has only just begun.
soon becomes enveloped by the mystery surrounding itinerant storyteller
Jim, who traveled through Ireland enrapturing audiences and wooing
women with his macabre mythic narratives. Captivated by Jim, townspeople
across Ireland thought it must be a sad coincidence that horrific
murders trailed him wherever he went—and they failed to connect that the
young female victims, who were smitten by the newest bad boy in town,
bore an all too frightening similarity to the victims in Jim’s own
The Walsh sisters, fiercely loyal to one
another, were not immune to “darling” Jim’s powers of seduction, but
found themselves in harm’s way when they began to uncover his
treacherous past. Niall must now continue his dangerous hunt for the
truth—and for the vanished third sister—while there’s still time. And in
the woods, the wolves from Jim’s stories begin to gather.
Shelly's Thoughts: I picked this up from the library after a friend recommended it to me.
I'd really give this 3.5 stars, but I decided to round up. The story
unfolds gradually, backwards. The reader is introduced to a postal
worker, who finds a letter and a diary. From there the reader is
introduced to three sisters, a wolf in story teller's clothing and an
aunt who is also swept up in the fray. As a reader I felt for the
sisters, and though they too did something horrible, it was justifiable.
The horrible realization that the three share later on when they're
reconnected with their aunt is undeniably disturbing. It's a good read, a
bit challenging in it's disjointed narrative (there's three narratives
overall) and the ending is a bit frustrating for me, because I want to
know the third sister's story.
Total Length: 320 pages
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, EPub, Kindle, Audio book.
Publication Date: March 31, 2009 (Henry Holt and Co)