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April 26, 2023

The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

The Soulmate
is a twisty domestic suspense novel that proves nothing—and no one— is ever as it seems. 

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book cover of domestic thriller The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth
April 2023; St. Martin's; 978-1250229700
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); domestic thriller

As  I finished this book at 2 am, I was speechless.  This is Sally Hepworth's best book ever and will definitely be on my favorite book list for the year.  The book was just perfect - plot, characters, twists and turns...everything.  I usually lend my books out to friends after I read them but this one is staying on my 'keeper shelf' in my bookcase.

Here's a bit about the plot.  I can't tell you much because I don't want to ruin it for anyone.  My first bit of advice is DO NOT start this book until you have time to read the whole book - I promise, you won't want to put it down until you get to the surprising ending.

Gabe and Pippa are a married couple with two young daughters.  They've just bought their dream house with a view of the sea. The only problem is that they are near a cliff that seems to attract people who plan to commit suicide.  So far Gabe, a very caring and empathetic man, has been able to talk people out of jumping to their death but as the novel begins, he is unsuccessful and a woman jumps.  Gabe is devastated and told his wife that the woman was a stranger who didn't want to be talked out of her plans.  When Pippa finds out that Gabe knew the woman, she begins to wonder what else he is keeping from her.  After the woman's husband swears that his wife would have never jumped Pippa begins to wonder if she really jumped or was she pushed?  Gabe is Pippa's soulmate and has been from the moment they met - would he really lie to her?  And if he was lying about this, did she really know him as much as she had always believed?  As their perfect marriage begins to crumble,  Pippa begins to question if she ever really knew Gabe at all.

This fantastically plotted novel is told from two perspectives - Pippa and Amanda, the woman who has died is telling her back story after her death.  In the beginning, it appears that Pippa had the perfect marriage while Amanda's was more of a business arrangement - but was this really a true picture of both marriages.

I have read all of Sally Hepworth's books and this one is her best so far.  If you haven't read her books yet, it's time to start.  If you have read her past books, make sure that this is on your TBR list.

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  You can connect with her on Facebook

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