Deeprath Castle has belonged to the Gallagher family for 700 years. Aiden, the current Viscount Gallagher, has decided to sell the castle to the public trust despite his family’s objections. The castle holds too many bad memories. When he was a young boy, his parents were murdered and the case was never solved. It was rumored to be a murder-suicide, but neither Aiden nor his sister ever believed that to be true. Centuries before that tragedy, Lady Jenny Gallagher died under mysterious circumstances. She left behind her infant son and husband.
Before the completion of the public trust, Lady Nessa hired Carragh Ryan to inventory the castle’s library. Carragh is eager for the task because she’s always been interested in the Gallagher family history. She’s also no stranger to family tragedies since her father murdered her mother when she was just a toddler. Jenny Gallagher’s husband was a writer who never published any other works after the death of his wife. Carragh is curious as to why. This also sparks Carragh’s interest in the Darkling Bride who is a woman from a long time ago that supposedly haunts the castle.
Meanwhile, a new investigator has been put on the cold case of Aiden’s parents’ deaths. Due to the new investigation and Carragh’s interest in the Darkling Bride and family history, mysterious things are starting to happen. Carragh can’t figure out if it’s the Darkling Bride ready to do her harm or somebody that doesn’t want old secrets uncovered.
I did get a little confused at first with the back and forth between characters and times and the story started kind of slow to me. However, the more the mysteries unfolded, the more clearly the characters and time periods became. My interest became piqued the further I read in the story because I was interested in finding out the truth behind the Darkling Bride and the Gallagher murders.
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?