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 murders, 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?
Another new author and another new favourite!
The story is told in a back and forth manner, from Sophie as a child and her relationships with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, Matty, whom Sophie adored as a substitute father, to Sophie as an adult trying to decide whether she should visit Matty who serving a life sentence as a convicted serial killer.
The story is cleverly done, showing the events that were happening in and around Sophie’s life as a 6-13 year old and how they impacted on her tight knit family, and Sophie today as she looks back at those years and constantly second-guesses whether Matty is innocent and whether she, herself, is in some way guilty.
This held my interest and there were two really good twists near the end which I did not see coming as they were so well done. The characterisation was good and carried the story well, especially introspective Sophie and charismatic Matty.
Keep an eye out for this one when it is published in July 2022!
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.