Friday, May 10, 2024

Truly, Darkly, Deeply by Victoria Selman


I found this in a little free library near my house. I loved the title and premise. TRULY DARKLY DEEPLY is about a mother and daughter who end up becoming enamored with her new boyfriend, the perfect man by all accounts: handsome, charming, and seemingly in love with them both. But then young women start dying in sinister and awful ways and it seems like the perfect boyfriend might be the killer.

The bare bones of this story were great but the execution left me wanting. I like mixed media when it's incorporated into a book, but here it felt more like filler rather than adding to the story in a significant and meaningful way. The confrontation that's talked about on the back of the book is dragged out, so the reader is forced to read to the bitter end, and while I did appreciate the twist... I also saw it coming. Which is partly due to good foreshadowing but also partly due to predictability and lack of any real red herrings.

I don't think this book is bad at all but it definitely gives airport thriller vibes in that it's something I'd read in an hour or two and then put aside and probably not remember later.

2.5 out of 5 stars

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