At the time of his arrest, Matty’s girlfriend, Amelia-Rose, is a single mum to her 12-year-old daughter Sophie. Matty had been a big part of their lives since they moved to London from Massachusetts a few years earlier, and Sophie adores him. He’s handsome, funny, respectable, and never in a million years would she or her mum suspect him capable of the brutal killings that are dominating the headlines.
Then a sketch of a suspect is released by the police that looks very much like Matty. As more women disappear, a pattern emerges – the victims all resemble Amelia-Rose, with dark, straight hair parted in the middle. It couldn’t really be him. Could it?
Whilst her mother starts drinking heavily, Sophie is consumed with doubt and a guilt that will cause her to act impulsively, ripping her family apart.
Years later, Sophie is still haunted by her actions. Was she wrong to have done what she did all those years ago, or was she wrong not to have acted sooner? Then she receives a letter from Matty, telling her he’s dying and asking her to visit him in prison. Will she finally get the answers she needs to be able to re-claim her future? Answers that will come at a devastating cost…
On Tuesday 12th July, Victoria will be appearing 'in conversation' with Before I Got To Sleep author, S. J. Watson.
The event will take place at the Brighton branch of Goldsboro Books and tickets can be bought here.
The second in Eva's Forbidden Iceland series, Girls Who Lie, was recently longlisted for the CWA Dagger Awards in the 'Crime Fiction in Translation' category.
James Goodhand's new book, Man Down, received a fantastic review in the Irish Times:
"[A] stylish, thought-provoking thriller ... with some clever plot misdirection along the way. Highly recommended."
- M. W. Craven for Dead Ground
- Brian McGilloway for Blood Ties
- Stuart Turton for The Devil and the Dark Water
The award celebrates excellence, originality, and the very best in crime fiction from UK and Irish authors. A highlight in the literary calendar, past winners include Denise Mina, Steve Cavanagh, Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre. Awarded annually as part of Harrogate International Festivals’ Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, the winner of the most wanted accolade in crime fiction receives a cheque for £3000, and an engraved oak beer cask, hand-carved by one of Britain’s last coopers from Theakstons Brewery.
Voting is open now!