Title: Woman on the Edge
Author: Samantha M. Bailey
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Page Count: 272
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A moment on the subway platform changes two women’s lives forever—a debut thriller that will take your breath away.
A total stranger on the subway platform whispers, “Take my baby.”
She places her child in your arms. She says your name.
Then she jumps…
In a split second, Morgan Kincaid’s life changes forever. She’s on her way home from work when a mother begs her to take her baby, then places the infant in her arms. Before Morgan can stop her, the distraught mother jumps in front of an oncoming train.
Morgan has never seen this woman before, and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life. She also can’t understand how this woman knew her name.
The police take Morgan in for questioning. She soon learns that the woman who jumped was Nicole Markham, prominent CEO of the athletic brand Breathe. She also learns that no witness can corroborate her version of events, which means she’s just become a murder suspect.
To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically retraces the last days of Nicole’s life. Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia or was she in danger? When strange things start happening to Morgan, she suddenly realizes she might be in danger, too.
Woman on the Edge is a pulse-pounding, propulsive thriller about the lengths to which a woman will go to protect her baby—even if that means sacrificing her own life.
Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey is a thriller with two ladies as the main characters. The story is told by changing the point of view between the characters in two different timelines, one from the present and one in the past.
The story begins with Morgan Kincaid on her way home getting ready to take the train when an unknown woman suddenly approaches Morgan and pushes her baby into her arms. Right after telling Morgan to “Take my baby.” the woman in question jumps in front of the train to her death.
Morgan is in shock as the events unfold in front of her but when police arrive to investigate she becomes a person of interest being so close to the victim. Morgan then knows she needs to find out just who the lady was and why she chose Morgan to care for her child and what pushed her to the edge that day.
Right away it’s obvious that Woman on the Edge will be a fast paced thriller when it starts off with such a bang having a life end right away. It was also fairly easy to follow along with the changing perspectives when following Morgan in the current time and Nicole in the past as the stories slowly come together through the twists to bring the reader the answers they await.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Samantha M. Bailey is a Toronto-based novelist, journalist, and freelance editor. Her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post, and Oxford University Press, among other publications. She is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a promotional and interactive author-reader event held in New York City and Toronto.
Her debut psychological thriller, WOMAN ON THE EDGE, is a #1 Toronto Star and Globe and Mail bestseller, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, and was a PW Best Books Pick of the Week. It made the Pop Sugar list of “25 New Books to Add to Your Reading List This Spring” and She Reads’s “Fifteen Necessary Thrillers to Read in 2020.” WOMAN ON THE EDGE is published in North America with Simon and Schuster Canada, and the UK with Headline. It will also be translated in seven countries world-wide.
Samantha loves reading as much as she loves writing so if she’s not tapping away at her computer, she’s probably curled up on her couch with a book. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @SBaileyBooks and on her website at SamanthaMBailey.com.