“One of the best thrillers of the year”—The New York Times
"The book is many things: a crime story, a psychological study, a blueprint for how and when to mete out information in a thriller. But most of all it is an inquiry into the mysteries of marriage and commitment, and into what we owe our spouses and one another." --The New York Times Book Review
Prepare yourself for a thrilling, addictive novel about marriage, betrayal, and the secrets that push us to the edge in this next book from the bestselling author of The Good Sister and The Younger Wife.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A failed good deed sets off an avalanche of betrayal in this page-turning mystery from Sally Hepworth, of The Good Sister and The Mother-in-Law fame. Gabe and Pippa live near a cliff that’s a popular spot for suicides. After the usually persuasive Gabe fails to talk down a young woman, things get very, very messy for the couple. Hepworth’s lurid tale is a master class in suspense—she brings loads of skill and dexterity to the table, with each chapter told through a different point of view at a different moment in time. As the puzzle pieces come together, The Soulmate becomes a story of guilt and loyalty that examines how seemingly normal people are capable of doing the unthinkable.
In the year since Gabe and Pippa Gerard, the couple at the center of this twisty psychological thriller from bestseller Hepworth (The Younger Wife), moved to a beautiful cliffside house in Portsea, a sleepy coastal town a couple of hours outside of Melbourne, Australia, they have become aware that the breathtaking view from the cliff behind their house attracts not only lovers of spectacular sunsets but also the suicidal. So far seven people have come to the spot to die, and charismatic and caring Gabe has been able to talk them all out of jumping. When Amanda Cameron, the wife of Gabe's former boss, shows up near the cliff, Gabe goes out to work his magic. But this time the woman goes over the edge to her death. Was it really a suicide? Short, crisp chapters narrated by Pippa and by Amanda—depicting events both before and after her death—keep the momentum going, and the repressed friction between the Gerards and the Camerons helps build tension. Never mind that who's responsible for Amanda's death comes as no surprise. Fans of domestic suspense will be satisfied.
Enjoyed the book. Kept me interested and finished it in 2 days.
This book was very good. I enjoyed it.
You always know what you’re doing to get.
You always know what you’re going to get when you read a Sally Hepworth book. She’s consistent. She’ll always have a great story. Was this one of my favorites? No, but I still enjoyed it. She’s definitely one of my favorite authors and I’m never disappointed.