He’s a monster, hated by everyone… but you.
Set in 80s London, the book revolves around twelve-year-old Sophie, uprooted from her life in Massachusetts, and her relationship with her mother’s charismatic new boyfriend, Matty. Sophie has finally found the father figure she’s always longed for, but when a serial killer begins targeting young women with a striking resemblance to her mother, Matty is eventually sent down for the murders. Twenty years later, Matty writes to Sophie from prison asking her to visit and so she must decide whether seeing him again will give her the answers she craves or reopen a deep wound.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
With an authentic crime vibe, this psychological mystery thriller explores the emotional effects of knowing a convicted serial killer. Irretrievably damaged by their association with Matty, both Sophie and her mother question whether they should have known he was a serial killer. Sophie’s recall of the past draws readers into her world until they feel her doubt, guilt and rage. A suspenseful ethos intensifies as the killings continue.
It has a contemporary edge with snippets from true crime blogs, and this contrasts with the time of the killings in the 80s. Well-written twists and an impactful ending make this an absorbing read.
Victoria Selman is the author of the critically acclaimed Ziba MacKenzie series and her debut novel, Blood for Blood, was shortlisted for theprestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. She read Modern History at Oxford University and holds certificates in criminal profiling and criminal psychology. Victoria Selman has written for The Independent and co-hosts Crime Time FM with Barry Forshaw and Paul Burke.