Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The Soulmate

The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth
4/4/23; 352 pages
St. Martin's Publishing Group

The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth is a highly recommended twisty domestic psychological thriller.

It has been a year since Gabe and Pippa Gerard, moved into their house on the cliffs in Portsea, Australia with their two young daughters, Freya and Asha. The cliffs are well known for the breathtaking views, but are also a known as a spot for people to end their lives. So far Gabe has managed to talk several people out of it. When the latest person, a woman showed up, Pippa called the police and Gabe went out to talk to her.

Gabe was unsuccessful in talking her out of jumping, so now there is an investigation into the death. Pippa happened to be looking out the window when the woman jumped, but Pippa is uncertain about what she seeing. When it comes out who the woman was and that Gabe knew her. Everything quickly becomes much more complicated and now secret after secret and twist after twist start being revealed.

The Soulmate is fast-paced and you will be riveted to the pages as the intriguing, tense, and complicated plot unfolds. The narrative is organized into Now and Then chapters from the viewpoint of Pippa and Before and After chapters from the point of view of Amanda, the woman on the cliff. The entire plot is centered around many, many secrets and numerous twists. Some of the twists require you to suspend disbelief, but they do propel the plot forward with a whole lot of drama.

The characters are all well-written and presented as complicated individuals. Both women married their soulmates and love and support their husbands, but can they trust each other. In addition to the twisty plot, this is a novel about marriage, secrets, lies and betrayal. Really, trust no one, question everything.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of St. Martin's Press via NetGalley.

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