Book title: The Soulmate
Author: Sally Hepworth
Basic summary (without spoilers):
Picture a lovely cottage on a cliff, with sloping lawns, walking paths, and beautiful flowers. It’s Gabe and Pippa Gerard’s dream home in a sleepy coastal town. But their perfect house hides something sinister. The tall cliffs have become a popular spot for people to end their lives. Over the past several months, Gabe comes to their rescue, literally talking them off the ledge.
Until one day, he doesn’t. When Pippa discovers Gabe knew the victim, the questions spiral. . . .Did the victim jump? Was she pushed? And would Gabe, the love of Pippa’s life, her soulmate . . . lie? As the perfect façade of their marriage begins to crack, the deepest and darkest secrets begin to unravel. Because sometimes, the most convincing lies are the ones we tell ourselves.
Why we like it: Just when you think you’ve figured out what’s going to happen, the story shifts and keeps you on the edge. There are plenty of twists and turns to make things interesting right up until the dramatic ending. The setting on a seaside cliff is beautifully described, and we love the Australian accent of the readers in the audio version of the book.
What other readers said: On Amazon, the novel has more than 7,600 reviews and gets 4 out of 5 stars.
Things to know: Sometimes you might not want a book that deals with anything too emotionally charged, so you may want a heads-up that this book involves issues including mental health, marital infidelity, secrets, and suicide.
Other books we like by this author: The Mother-in-Law, The Good Sister, The Younger Wife