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Sally Hepworth | The Soulmate

The Book: 

The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth
Published April 4, 2023 by St. Martin’s Press
Date read: February 19, 2023

The Characters: 

Gabe and Pippa

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

There’s a cottage on a cliff. Gabe and Pippa’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. Night after night Gabe comes to their rescue, literally talking them off the ledge. Until 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 facade of their marriage begins to crack, the deepest and darkest secrets begin to unravel.

How did The Soulmate end?

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Book spoilers ahead–if you haven’t yet read The Soulmate, I suggest you turn back now.

The Reveal:

Gabe had adult ADHD, which was kind of used to explain his questionable actions. He cheated on Pippa, and Asha was his love child. Her mother died when she was 2, so Pippa agreed to take her in.

Pippa cheated on Gabe with his boss Max. The woman who died was Max’s wife Amanda. 

Gabe was Max’s nephew.

The Review: 

I’m definitely the outlier compared to the other reviews I’ve read, but I thought The Soulmate one was just okay. Unfortunately, this was another thriller where something interesting happened at the very beginning, nothing happened at all for the middle 75%, and then the ending was just okay. The big reveal wasn’t all that shocking. I switched to other books multiple times while listening to this one because it wasn’t quite holding my interest.

I didn’t like Pippa at all or agree with any of her choices. Most notably, moving her toddlers next to a dangerous, jumpable cliff. If so many people have died here–enough to write a newspaper article about Gabe saving so many people–why wouldn’t the town put up netting or a fence to prevent jumpers? The way it was described in the audiobook made it sound like the cliff was just out their back door. Who would want to have to hold onto their toddlers every time they go outside?

The long gap in the action left me with a lot of time to fixate on these little things.

All the other reviews showing up on my Goodreads are glowing, though, so there’s a good chance you’ll like it!

Audio Review: I did love the audio production and the narrator’s Australian accent. This was one of those books where the audio was 100% responsible for my enjoyment of the book, and I likely would have DNF’d if I was reading a physical copy.

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