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Truly, Darkly, Deeply

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'Victoria Selman is an exciting and powerfully fresh voice' Patricia Cornwell

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?

'Will keep you up all night' Jeffery Deaver

'Gravely compelling, sophisticated, terrifying' Chris Whitaker

'Smart, twisty, uniquely told' Abigail Dean

'An absorbing and captivating read, this held me in its thrall from beginning to end. Brilliant!' SJ Watson

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


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'Engrossing' Araminta Hall

'An incredibly tense read' Harriet Tyce

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

'Like nothing I've ever read before' Caz Frear


Sunday Times bestseller w/c 4 July 2022*

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"From the start Truly, Darkly, Deeply had me completely hooked. A story that gets under your skin and haunts you long after the final page." - Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

"An utterly compelling book, I couldn't look away from the page when reading. Stunningly written. A captivating voice from which you cannot tear yourself away. This book is as exciting as they get. Sensitive, sophisticated and beautifully dark." - Rachael Blok

"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

"No one knows serial killers like Selman." - Elle Croft

"A deliciously fresh take on the serial killer thriller. Explores the darkest reaches of humanity, and questions who we love - and why." - Fiona Cummins

"Truly, Darkly, Deeply by will be huge in 2022, a twisting, chilling tale that had me hooked from the start full of heart and characters that jump off the page." - James Delargy

"Truly, Darkly, Deeply is a gripping, disturbing story. Victoria Selman is a beautiful writer, jumping between past and present seamlessly. This is the kind of book that will keep you up at night." - Samantha Downing

"A truly darkly creepy serial killer story with a chilling sting in its tale. Reminded me of The Fall. Beautifully written and highly recommended." - Mark Edwards

"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

"I was hooked from the first page right through to the shocking ending. Dark, addictive and compelling, this is a book that will keep you up all night." - Lisa Gray

"A creepy, engrossing novel which plunges the dark depths of a serial killer and his crimes. But also a meditation on memory, culpability and acceptance that gives a much-needed voice to the unspoken victims of heinous crimes. And with a properly surprising ending." - Araminta Hall

"Wow! Truly Darkly Deeply is a beautifully written serial killer thriller with a creeping escalation of stone cold dread. Its roots in true crime, the story is so vivid and relatable I can't be certain I wasn't there. Brilliantly executed." - Janice Hallett

"Truly Darkly Deeply is a gripping exploration of a serial killer's legacy. A deft and atmospheric journey into darkness, with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the final page. Highly recommended." - Adam Hamdy

"What a brilliant read. From the beginning, I was totally immersed . . . riveting and dark, yet so wonderfully written it also felt full of heart." - Karen Hamilton

"A tantalising slow-burn of a read, exploring the experience of loving a killer." - Sam Holland

"A twisted study of secrets and lies that is truly set to be huge." - Susi Holliday

"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

"A deliciously dark tale of one family's terrible secrets. A gripping read!" - David Jackson

"Utterly engrossing (and highly addictive) thriller.Dark Places meets My Lovely Wife. A truly fascinating and refreshing take on the serial killer thriller. Bravo, Victoria Selman!" - Jack Jordan

"Dark, chilling and compelling. This is one serial killer thriller readers won't be able to put down." - Olivia Kiernan

"Utterly compelling. Twisted yet heartfelt. It's the stark portrayal of the complexities of familial love, and the slow burn of psychological authenticity that makes Truly Darkly Deeply such a thrilling read." - Ali Land

"An all-consuming, beautifully drawn thriller about love and the terrible things it can drive us to do. Absolutely compulsive reading." - Gytha Lodge

"Twisty, intense and full of quiet menace - a story that draws you in and won't let go until the final page." - T M Logan

"Gripping from the opening page, it ratchets up the tension while constantly forcing the reader to question what they think they know. A compulsive and hugely satisfying read." - Brian McGilloway

"Genuinely original, darkly compelling and psychologically astute, Truly, Darkly, Deeply is a real page turner exploring not only what it means to be a monster but also what it is like to love one. I swallowed it in two sittings racing to get to the story's chilling conclusion. Aperfect story with real heart." - NJ Mackay

"A sensational novel with a truly evil twist that you just don't see coming. Blew my mind. Selman knows her serial killers and this suspect has it all - he's terrifying and charming in equal measure. A true page-turner. Burned through this book in a couple of days.Riveted the whole way through. This one will stay with me for some time yet. Masterful." - Imran Mahmood

"A breathtakingly original novel, it's an utterly absorbing twisted story and a strong contender for the thriller of 2022." - John Marrs

"I raced through Truly Darkly Deeply in one breathless sitting. As soon as I'd finished I wanted to turn to the beginning and start again, knowingly what I now knew. Fiendishly clever and compulsive." - Laura Marshall

"I was hooked from the first page of this impressive thriller, and found it impossible to put down. Victoria Selman dives deep under the stereotype of serial killers to provide a complex analysis of innocence and guilt and the question of how well we know the people we love. Highly recommended." - Alex Michaelides

"A wickedly dark read, fraught with twists and turns.I couldn't put this book down!" - Caroline Mitchell

"Addictive, intelligent, creepy and assured, Victoria Selman is a master of her craft and this chilling thriller deserves to be huge in 2022." - Phoebe Morgan

"Manages to be both a gripping-as-hell psychological thriller and a remarkably astute study of evil. A work of style and substance that leaves you with the uncomfortable suspicion that your world, and the people in it, are far more dangerous than you had imagined." - Dominic Nolan

"What a gripping and intriguing novel. I loved the intensity of the relationships of all three main players and the tension never flagged for a moment. Such a spellbinding thriller." - Liz Nugent

"Victoria Selman has created something original, completely absorbing, and utterly persuasive. I was right there in eighties north London, held breathlessly in situ, right up until the final, shocking twist. Magnificent." - Charlotte Philby

"Taut, clever, beautifully drawn out with twists that will smack you in the face . . . I absolutely loved it." - Polly Phillips

"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

"Such a fabulous read. A brilliant mix of true-crime podcast vibes with a coming-of-age story that's emotionally spot-on. Simply couldn't tear myself away!" - Amanda Reynolds

"A compellingly crafted, compulsive descent into the world of serial killers . . . an amazing immersive journey into the lives not only of serial killers, but of those that rub shoulders with them. This is going to be one of THE books of 2022." - Robert Scragg

"Totally compulsive . . . darkly epic stuff." - Sarah Sultoon

"Original and clever - an incredibly tense read which pulled me inexorably along to its chilling denouement." - Harriet Tyce

"An absorbing and captivating read, this held me in its thrall from beginning to end. Brilliant!" - S J Watson

"Gravely compelling, sophisticated, terrifying. Victoria Selman truly excels with this clever, nuanced mystery." - Chris Whitaker

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