Today I’m delighted to be sharing my thought on Woman on the Edge the debut novel by Samantha M Bailey. Huge thanks to Anne Cater for my review copy and blog tour invite.
What’s the book about?
A moment on the platform changes two lives for ever. But nothing is as it seems…
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?
Pulse-pounding, heartrending, shocking, thrilling. This is a thriller you won’t stop thinking about.
Here’s what I thought…
What a stunning debut novel with a premise that just cries out to be read! The blurb is so intriguing that I defy anyone to read it and then not want to read the entire book IMMEDIATELY! It’s certain been one of my most anticipated books recently and I’m pleased to say that it didn’t let me down one little bit! It’s twisty, shocking and heartbreaking in equal parts and never lets you forget that at the heart of the narrative is the life of a beautiful baby girls.
When Morgan is approach by a woman holding a baby on the station platform, to begin with she doesn’t realise what is going on. The woman is Nicole Markham and just after she give her baby to Morgan, she jumps in front of an oncoming train. Morgan is shocked but even more shocks are underway when she herself comes under suspicion for Nicole going under the train. Morgan desperately wants a child of her own, even more so since the loss of her husband but she wouldn’t stoop to murder for one…would she?!
The tension is almost unbearable throughout Woman on the Edge and I had absolutely no idea how everything would come together at the end. I found the characters of Morgan and Nicole both absolutely fascinating and was gripped by both of their storylines until they came together in one big explosion of emotions. What would make sure a caring and protective mother give her baby to a total stranger…a total stranger who so desperately wants to become a mother herself? As Morgan attempts to prove herself innocent, she talks to those who knew the level headed business woman in attempt to reconcile her with the wild haired and terrified mother she met on that platform.
The authors style of narrative really appealed to me from the very first page and I got my “tingle” when I know I’ve discovered an author that I want more from. If you’ve read books by Mary Kubica then I think you’d love Samantha M Bailey. And I personally can’t wait to read more from her!
Highly recommended by me!
Meet 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 was a writer-in-residence for Kobo Writing Life at BookExpo America 2013. She is the co-founder of BookBuzz, a promotional and interactive author-reader event held in New York City and Toronto. Woman on the Edge is her debut novel. Connect with her on Twitter @SBaileyBooks and on her website at SamanthaStrohBailey.com.