Welcome to the Blog Tour for Samantha Bailey’s new book Woman On The Edge. Published 26th November 2019 by Headline.
It’s my stop on the blog tour today and I am delighted to share with you my review. Thanks to the publisher and to Anne Cater of Random Things Through My Letterbox for my advance copy and for the stop on the tour.
Woman on the Edge
Author: Samantha M. Bailey
Publication Date: June 26th 2019
Publisher: Headline Publishing
**********BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM PUBLISHER**********
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?
A fast moving and gripping read, this debut novel from Samantha Bailey kept me engaged from the very beginning.
A good plot, with a very intriguing concept at the beginning, that sees a woman giving her baby away to a complete stranger on the platform of a subway before jumping in front of the oncoming train. Moving between the two main characters, one in present time, the other a few weeks before, we learn of the events leading up to the incident at the subway station, at the same time as we find out what happens after it!
Nicole, a wealthy business woman and new mother and Morgan a recently widowed young woman who has lost everything, are our two main characters.
Nicole has suffered from panic attacks and anxiety since an event which occurred in her teens and the birth of her child seems to have ‘reignited’ her condition. However, we soon become aware that there is a whole lot more to her growing sense of paranoia.
Morgan, having seemingly no connection what so ever to Nicole, is under suspicion from the detective leading the investigation into Nicole’s death , when it becomes known that Morgan is desperate for a baby of her own. There is also ‘history’ between Morgan and this detective that makes Morgan feel that there is no-one to believe her side of events.
I really enjoyed this book and about half way through I was getting a strong sense of writing style similar to the older Linwood Barclay books. Maybe it’s a Toronto thing! But the use of believable characters experiencing unbelievable events and a smaller number of ‘cast members’ really make it a quick book to follow and keep up with as the time line flip back and forth. I found myself shouting out to Nicole not to trust so and so, but then realising she isn’t up to that part of the story yet!! A great thumbs up from me!
The emotions of the two women come through as you read and the fast flowing plot keep you wanting to turn the page to see what happens next and by whom! I loved the way you read of the two time lines simultaneously, allowing you to try and connect the dots as you go, and I enjoyed the sometimes unreliable nature of the two narrators. A great debut and I look forward to reading more from this author.
**********ABOUT THE AUTHOR**********
Samantha M. Bailey is a Toronto-based journalist who has written extensively for Now Magazine, Oxford University Press and many other publications. She is the co-founder of ‘BookBuzz’, a promotional and interactive author event held in New York City and Toronto that has attracted the attention of prominent publicists, influential media, and bestselling authors. Woman On The Edge is her debut novel.