Uncharted Waters by Sally Hepworth
By Sally Hepworth
Short Stories, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Novella, Contemporary
August 31, 2022
“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.
Uncharted Waters is the first in a series of short psychological thrillers that are all available through Amazon Prime Reading.
I picked this one up spontaneously while browsing Prime Reading and wasn't disappointed. This was a super quick read and kept me interested throughout the entire short story. I have read a few things by Sally Hepworth and all kept me entertained.
I loved the setting of being stuck on a ship with only 8 other passengers - including some that were quite difficult. The MC Ella meets another woman on the ship named Chloe and they form a bond. Quickly secrets unravel and they honestly had me shocked about the outcomes. I probably wouldn't consider this so much a "thriller" as more of a suspenseful women's fiction. But it definitely is worth the read if you are looking for a quick read.
I am looking forward to continuing this series of short thrillers. Without giving away any spoilers - I do wish some things had been wrapped up a little more in the end but it's a great way to keep you thinking about what happened.
This one earned a 4-star rating from me. I enjoyed it and definitely wish it was a bit longer to have drawn out character developments and relationships.