On my blog today, I have all the details about June’s First Monday Crime panel. I also have a review of Truly, Darkly, Deeply by Victoria Selman, who’ll be appearing on tonight’s panel. I’ll have all the details about who else will be appearing and how you can access the event at the end of this post, but first, let’s find out more about Truly, Darkly, Deeply.
Twelve-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 murder, 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?
I love Victoria Selman’s writing, having recently read her gripping Ziba Mackenzie series. So I jumped at the chance to read an early copy of her new novel, Truly, Darkly, Deeply. Her new book explores a fascinating topic when it comes to true crime as well as crime fiction. Whenever a person is convicted of a heinous crime, we often look at the perpetrator’s families and friends, and wonder, how could they not know what this person in their lives was doing. It seems impossible to us.
Victoria Selman tells her novel from the point of view of Sophie, who is living with her mother and occasionally her mother’s boyfriend, Matty. Sophie and her mother recently moved to London from America and Sophie is struggling to adapt at school. Victoria Selman explores the relationship Sophie has with Matty, and it is clear to see that he does have a deep affection for her, and she for him, even though there are definitely some chilling moments as Victoria explores this. Matty comes under suspicion for being involved in a series of shocking murders across London and this shatters Sophie’s world.
I loved the tension Victoria Selman created as she takes us back to the years when Sophie is a child and living with her mum. Throughout the novel, some people doubt the claims that Matty is the person responsible for the murders. Victoria did keep me thinking about this, even though we know that Matty has already been charged for the murders. It made me wonder just what went on during Sophie’s childhood that she might not have seen, or understood, at the time. For me this was what made this book so gripping, as I wanted to know what really happened.
There are some chilling reveals as Victoria reveals to us just what went on during Sophie’s childhood and everything does make so much sense.
I raced through Truly, Darkly, Deeply. Victoria Selman’s writing has such an addictive quality to it that this is a book that you could quite easily finish in one sitting. Although this is fiction, I believe this will also appeal to fans of true crime. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. I’m sure it’ll be one of my favourites of the year.
Publication date: 7th July 2022
Print length: 319 pages
Truly, Darkly, Deeply is available to buy:
First Monday Crime is back live on their Facebook page at 19.30 p.m. on Monday, 6th June 2022. Alongside Victoria Selman, appearing on the panel are authors, Will Carver author of The Daves Next Door, Sarah Vaughan author of Reputation and Sinead Crowley author of The Belladonna Maze.
If you would like to watch the panel, you can do so by clicking the link below which will take you through to the First Monday Crime Facebook Page.