The Darkling Bride

The Darkling Bride Review

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?

Title:The Darkling Bride

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Julie

    The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen is 2018 Ballantine publication. I had a feeling I’d would like this one! A seven- hundred- year old Irish castle, multiple family tragedies, mysteries, unsolved ...

  • Melisa

    A mystery based around a 700 year old Irish castle where the secrets lie within the antiquated books of its library. A bibliophile/history buff/reader’s dream scenario. This book has a lot going on ...

  • JanB

    Atmospheric and suspenseful, this modern day gothic mystery has it all: a centuries old castle, a ghostly presence, family secrets, mysterious deaths, local legends, and yes, even a little romance. Th...

  • Marialyce

    3 moody Gothic starsOnce upon a time, many of us would have loved to live in an Irish castle with its ghosts, secret rooms, hidden passages, and a very long history. For the Gallagher family tracing b...

  • Morgannah

    Ghosts are not supposed to exist, which is one reason why ghost stories are often about things that people try to deny. The Darkling Bride hews to the essential aspects of the traditional ghost stor...

  • Dianne

    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...

  • Karen

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Book lover and scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of Deeprath Castle's historic library. But after meeting Aidan, the current ...

  • Sara

    AhhhhhhhhhhhhhThat my friends is the poorly rendered sound of a very happy and very satisfied reader. There's something truly, deeply enjoyable about a good, old fashioned gothic mystery. When its als...

  • Tracey

    3.5 Stars rounded to 4The 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 ...

  • Sophia

    If you have the years on you or simply enjoy pulling some older dusty books off the library shelves, you might remember older gothic-flavored romantic suspenses by Mary Stewart or Victoria Holt or Dap...