Get ready for a thrilling, addictive novel about marriage, betrayal, and the secrets that push us to the edge in Sally Hepworth’s The Soulmate.
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.
Bite Size Audiobook Review
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik and Jessica Douglas Henry
The story is narrated by two women: Amanda and Pippa. Both alternating between “before” the death and “after” death occurred. It’s centered around the question of: “Do you really know your partner and what he is capable of?”.
All along, switching point of view and time period, we’ll learn more about who these characters are, what they are capable of, what their backstory was and finally, what really happened the night Amanda died falling from the cliff.
Did she jump? Fall? Was she pushed?
On one hand, we are following Gabe and Pippa’s story. How they met, their high and very low too. How they became parents of two adorable little girls and…their connection to the dead woman.
Gabe was someone prone to extremes. He felt everything tenfold. He could be the greatest husband and then hurt Pippa in the most abject way, yet being so remorseful that Pippa ended up forgiving him and reassuring him. Gabe was exhausting to live with.
On the other hand, we also follow Max and Amanda. How they met, how they married in a very sensible way. Max’s success story is ruthless. He was full of contradictions: fighting to prevent suicide yet eliminating all threats to his business. And Amanda was there for the ride, carefully protecting her heart as she didn’t want to make the same mistake as her mother.
Even if I guessed nearly all the numerous twists and reveals in that story, I had a good time listening to the audiobook.
The pace is steady, just right to fit the mood of the story. I loved many things:
-the cute little girls;
-Gabe being an amazing dad;
-Pippa’s family, so devoted to her;
-Max’s hurt that pushed that ruthless man to fund help for suicidal people;
-Gabe’s dedication to help others, always;
-Amanda and Pippa’s back stories
-the tension slowly mounting.
That certainly won’t be my last book from that author!
Thanks for reading!