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Truly Darkly Deeply by Victoria Selman – ARC Review




My Rating ~ Three and a half Stars

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RELEASE DATE:  7 July 2022

Format: Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: Quercus

Source:  Hachette





12-year-old Sophie and her mother, Amelia-Rose, move to London from Massachusetts where they meet the charismatic Matty Melgren, who quickly becomes an intrinsic part of their lives. But as the relationship between the two adults fractures, a serial killer begins targeting young women with a striking resemblance to Amelia-Rose.

When Matty is eventually sent down for multiple murders, questions remain as to his guilt — questions which ultimately destroy both women. Nearly twenty years later, Sophie receives a letter from Battlemouth Prison informing her Matty is dying and wants to meet. It looks like Sophie might finally get the answers she craves. But will the truth set her free — or bury her deeper?





Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!


In the present, Matty has been sent to jail for the serial murder of several women and one child. He was once someone Sophie adored and looked up to as a father figure. Her head and heart can’t reconcile the man she knew as a cold blooded killer and her doubts have plagued her for the last 20 years. 

In the past, Amelia Rose and her daughter Sophie have moved half way across the world from America to the UK. Sophie has been having trouble fitting in at school and never had a father growing up, so when her mother starts dating Matty, he’s the father she always wanted. She adores Matty and is absolutely desperate for her mother to keep him around, but their relationship seems to be unraveling when she starts to suspect Matty is responsible for the series of murders on women that look uncannily like her. 

Told in alternating past and present chapters, Truly Darkly Deeply takes us through Sophie’s life, loving Matty, the fear that gripped the town when women were disappearing and the clues that led her to suspect him – no matter how much she didn’t want to believe it.  

I felt a bit frustrated with Sophie for a lot of this book – I mean I get not wanting someone you love to turn out to be someone terrible, but the crazy amount of clues that were RIGHT THERE .. 😅  So I felt like the ‘did he, didn’t he’ suspense didn’t really work in this one, if it was supposed to be there. I would have liked to feel a bit more uncertainty to add a bigger dose of mystery. There was a twist at the end but….I don’t really know if I liked it? 

The actual serial killer element of the story, and the resulting fear in the community made for a good read, I just didn’t feel much of a mystery element and I guess I was expecting there to be one





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