Book Review: The Three Loves of Sebastian Cooper by Zoë Folbigg

As friends and family gather for the funeral of charming and charismatic Seb Cooper, three women sit in the congregation, mourning his loss.

First there is Clair, Seb’s wife and partner of twenty years, and mother of his two children. Furious at Seb for dying and leaving their children without a father, Clair isn’t sure of her place, and has been left baffled and bemused by the conflicting stories of Seb’s last days.

Then there’s Desiree, the woman Seb left Clair for. Heartbroken, self-conscious, and wondering if she made a mistake coming today. 

And the third and noisiest mourner of all is Noemie – Seb’s lover and the last woman to see him alive. 

Three women who loved Seb in their own different ways.

Three women whose lives have now changed forever.

But only one woman knows what really happened at the end…and only one truly had his heart…


The Three Loves of Sebastian Cooper is certainly a unique book, and one you have to read for yourself to understand. Not that it’s a complicated book but it’s hard to describe what you may or may not like about it.

For one, it goes across many genres. The blurb gives a sense of a thriller but I don’t think the story of Seb’s death warrants that title. For sure, it is a romance novel. In fact, it covers three romances. I got caught up in all three romances in different ways and, through these stories, we get to learn what kind of person Seb was.

I both liked and disliked Seb. He was what one would call a “loveable rogue”. However, there were many decisions he made that I didn’t like and he certainly isn’t the man that any woman should be overly romanticising about. Still, it was difficult not to feel empathy towards him and like him as a person. That pull in my emotions made this book a good read.

Overall, I would call this book a family drama. It actually does a good job of highlighting the many different family make ups we have today and normalising them. The best scenes are those from Seb’s funeral. The author did a fantastic job in building emotion. I certainly shed a few tears.

Sounds interesting? You can buy The Three Loves of Sebastian Cooper here.

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