Truly, Darkly Deeply

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?

I absolutely love a book that scares me senseless and comes to me in my dreams even after I’ve finished reading it. Victoria Selman has done an amazing job of helping me to completely believe in her characters– this exciting and atmospheric read drew me in from the very first paragraph and held me captivated by its setting and characters until its very final page.

Charismatic and mysterious characters, relationships with a twist, a mysterious atmosphere and a sense that there are lots of things just bubbling beneath the surface that you’re not quite sure of– I mean – what’s not to love. These were some of the many reasons that I was so drawn to Truly Darkly Deeply and why I’m so grateful to Joe from Quercus for inviting me to participate in this blog tour – as this book was definitely right up my street!

I love immersing myself in a book over a weekend and not looking up apart from to pour another cup of tea and this book answered the brief perfectly. If you haven’t already ordered a copy, you should definitely put it on your Summer TBR

Don’t just take my word for it – look at the praise this book is attracting

Truly, Darkly, Deeply is beautifully written and moves at the pace of wildfire. It draws you into the dark world of serial murder without celebrating it. Victoria Selman is an exciting and powerfully fresh voice, and her new thriller is one you won’t put down ― Patricia Cornwell

An absorbing and captivating read, this held me in its thrall from beginning to end. Brilliant! ― SJ Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep

Gravely compelling, sophisticated, terrifying. Victoria Selman truly excels with this clever, nuanced mystery― Chris Whitaker, bestselling author of We Begin at the End

Original and clever – an incredibly tense read which pulled me inexorably along to its chilling denouement― Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange

This is a thriller that lives up to its title and then some – chilling and compulsive, and with a wicked twist. I loved it ― Cara Hunter, bestselling author of Close To Home

A breathtakingly original novel, it’s an utterly absorbing twisted story and a strong contender for the thriller of 2022 ― John Marrs, bestselling author of The One

A twisty psychological thriller that goes to the heart of how and who we love. Can’t wait to see what Selman does next ― Sarah Pinborough, bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

Truly, Darkly, Deeply is such a clever, immersive crime novel, and like nothing I’ve ever read before. I lived every unbearably tense second of Sophie’s powerful story, unable to put the book down. It’s only January and this could well be my book of the year! ― Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies

I feel like you can totally surrender to this reading experience and strap in and enjoy the ride I really felt like I could experience some of the terror alongside the victims and found it very difficult to detach myself from this immersive reading experience that allowed me to plunge into the setting and experience the atmosphere right alongside them. It was so tense at times that you could absolutely imagine the hairs rising up on the back of your neck and every time I stopped reading it, I kept imagining myself lured back there and trying to navigate the truth for myself.

I got really caught up in the twists and turns of this cleverly constructed read and keep turning the possibilities over in my head about what exactly was going on and whether we were getting a sense of the whole truth at times.  It’s funny that I get into reading zones and I’m now on a real serial killer streak and have been drawn to exploring more true crime and losing myself in another of my favourite genre’s darker sides. I am trying not to give any spoilers at all as I do not want you to lose a single element of the twists and turns of this satisfying and compelling read.

I really loved the way that Victoria Selman draws the reader in and keeps them connected with the twists and turns that beset Sophie and Amelia-Rose as they attempt to understand what exactly is going on as well as understand the questions that arise years later as a consequence of them trying to unravel these twists and turns. The way that the past and future interconnect and collide with one another was one of my favourite things about this book and it certainly does a fine job of not allowing you to put it down as it gives you a solid case of ‘one more chapter’

This was the perfect weekend read for me – and if you want something to absolutely lose yourself in and forget about everything that’s going on in the world –  then this would be a perfect book for you, it’s so immersive! If you love a deliciously scary tale with well-drawn characters and a plot that will keep you gripped then you’ll really love Truly Darkly Deeply and  should treat yourself to a copy

Thank you so much to Joe for recommending such great reads. I love being prompted to read such a diverse and eclectic range of books and being able to share my views with other book lovers is an absolute pleasure.



‘An utterly absorbing twisted story and a strong contender for the thriller of 2022’ John Marrs

‘A creepy, engrossing novel which plunges the dark depths of a serial killer and his crimes’ Araminta Hall

‘Original and clever – an incredibly tense read’ Harriet Tyce


‘Chilling and compulsive, and with a wicked twist. I loved it’ Cara Hunter

‘Clever, immersive . . . like nothing I’ve ever read before’ Caz Frear

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