Thursday, September 8, 2022

Review: Uncharted Waters by Sally Hepworth


About the Book



Amazon Original Stories

Release Date
August 31, 2022

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Speak your truth.” An icebreaker leads to unintended consequences for two strangers aboard a luxury yacht in this seductively twisty short story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister.

When Ella boards a sumptuous charter off the coast of Australia, she feels…dread. Her husband, Mac, the social butterfly who makes these wellness retreats so much easier to navigate, is stuck at work, leaving her exposed to the other passengers. Luckily, she forms an instant bond with the charismatic Chloe, a newly single woman salving a broken heart. But as the friendship grows, Ella discovers they share more than the need for an escape, and their devastating connection has the power to forever alter their lives.

Uncharted Waters by Sally Hepworth is part of Getaway, a collection of six stories about dream escapes that take unimaginable, even sinister, turns. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

My Review

Ella and Mac are planning a trip on a charter cruise.  They’ve done it before and it’s become a tradition for them.  The Captain of the ship refers to it as a voyage, not a vacation.  It’s a chance for each person to find out about themselves.  It’s billed as a “wellness retreat on water”.  Ella and Mac view it as a luxury escape from reality.  Unfortunately, reality interrupts their plans.  Due to an unforeseen incident, Mac is stuck working for the week and can’t go.  He insists Ella go without him.  She is hesitant but goes anyway.

She quickly meets all kinds of people.  She becomes friends with Chloe who is dealing with a broken heart.  As their friendship grows stronger, Ella realizes there’s more to Chloe than meets the eye.  

This is a short read and the first in the Getaway collection from Amazon Originals.  I was hooked from the start.  There’s a mystery that runs through the story and you can just feel like something big will happen. I found the story to be quite captivating. I could easily see it as a full-length book.  I kept wanting to know more about the characters involved and what their backstory is.

I've been wanting to read this author for a long time, and I figured a novella was a good place to start.  It’s a great filler between longer reads.  The rest of the series is written by different authors.  I’ll have to check them out.  It made for a nice afternoon read.

Disclosure:  This one is from my own e-book collection. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I love a good short story, especially a mystery or suspenseful one. This sounds awesome!

  2. This sounds like a good short story and a good premise for a full length novel.


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