A mind-blowing, unputdownable serial killer thriller of a very different kind – perfect for all fans of Mindhunter and Girl A
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?
The story flicks between past and present from the point of view of Sophie as a child and an adult in present day. I really felt for this young girl who has moved countries leaving all her friends behind and having to start a fresh. Matty is someone who Sophie in some ways idolises. She has more freedom to watch things as well as having treats which her mum wouldn’t be able to afford herself so it was easy to see why she would consider him almost as a father figure.
As the story goes along, there were certain things and actions with regards to Matty that made me have some serious doubts about him, one especially. However, I did find myself going back and forth as to whether he was guilty of the murders that he finds himself in prison for. There are some people that do believe he is innocent and due to when these crimes took place, forensics were nowhere near as advanced as they are now, so it certainly left me with some doubts.
In some ways, this story will have you querying how well you truly know someone. Some serial killers can be charming and can hoodwink others into thinking they are a lovely person so it can be a huge shock to people that are close to them although am sure it can be tempting to turn a blind eye. We see what life is like for Sophie and her mum when Matty is first convicted and how people they were once friends with start to keep their distance and question whether they knew what he was doing. As part of the title says, this storyline goes very deeply and I could fully understand why Sophie years later would still have some unanswered questions.
Truly, Darkly, Deeply is a story that will dig deep into your mind and mess with it. It is deliciously dark and so very twisted! I quickly became engrossed in the author’s storytelling and didn’t want to put it down. The twist when it comes was totally unexpected and heightened my enjoyment of this novel even more and made me extremely eager for the author to write more standalone novels in this genre!