Woman on the Edge by Samantha M Bailey

Woman on the Edge

We join the Blog Tour for Bailey’s debut, Woman on the Edge.

Woman on the Edge – the blurb

‘Take my baby’

In a split second, Morgan’s life changes for ever. A stranger hands her a baby, then jumps in front of a train.

Morgan has never seen the woman before and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life.

When the police question Morgan, she discovers none of the witnesses can corroborate her version of events. And when they learn Morgan longs for a baby of her own, she becomes a suspect.

To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically tries to retrace the last days of the woman’s life. She begins to understand that Nicole Markham believed she and her baby were in danger. Now Morgan might be in danger, too.

Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia?

Or is something much darker going on?

‘Take my baby’

From the opening line Woman on the Edge grabs you and pulls you along at high octane speed. It’s a bit Gone Girl in style, flitting between past and present and the two protagonists Nicole and Morgan. The two women are very damaged characters, well at least Morgan is, but how on earth does Nicole become the broken woman Morgan meets at the train station?

Although I know the style well, I still love reading thriller books where each chapter ends on a cliff edge. Woman on the Edge delivers this with style, the plot shoots off in every direction and every character is a possible suspect. It was interesting to read how Bailey incorporated possible post natal depression and anxiety into the mix. As well as suspects you also had to wonder whether it was all down to Nicole’s deteriorating health. Was she simply imagining things? The reader was kept guessing until the climactic showdown before Bailey rounded everything off nicely.

I did think Greg’s sudden departure a bit odd however I liked Morgan’s slow road to recovery and her relationship with Ben as they danced around trusting each other. Likeable characters are so important when it comes to liking a book and Morgan certainly was.

Thanks

My thanks go to Headline via the Random Things Tour for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Woman on the Edge was published in paperback on 26 November so can be purchased immediately! It’s high speed, has big twists and offers maximum paranoia. A definite one sitting read.

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Woman on the Edge