Book Review – Woman on the Edge

Book Title: Woman on the Edge

Author: Samantha M. Bailey

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Headline Books

Year: 2019

Pages: 267

Format: Paperback (Library)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SYNOPSIS

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?

MY THOUGHTS

So, I was just having a little wander around my local library, looking for something interesting and different to read, and this immediately caught my eye.

Now it really is not that different to the things I usually read. It’s not secret that I love a good thriller. There really is nothing like a fast paced page turner to get you out of a reading slump. Well, that’s my opinion anyway!

So, when I read the synopsis, I knew that this was exactly what I needed. Right away the blurb grips you in and makes you want to read why someone gives a stranger her baby. Fast paced, check. Unbelievable, check. Suspenseful, check. It really did have everything I wanted.

Going in, the first line “Take my baby”grabs you, just as I predicted it would dafter reading the blurb. However, I am not sure if it just took me a little while to get used to the characters or to get into the book but I wasn’t as gripped as I hoped I would be when I first started.

I think that perhaps I didn’t really feel a great connection to Morgan at first. This did change throughout the book and I did start to feel sad for the way that she had been treated by her late husband, the police and everyone around her. However, I feel that I needed a little bit more character building around her as I did want to know a lot more. Ultimately I think that the Morgan character was slightly underdeveloped in a few areas.

However, in saying that, I really did feel the Nicole character was very well developed, I felt empathy for her and I really felt what she was going through and what she was battling in her head.

The storyline was twisty and fast paced, as predicted, and I really liked the format of the writing and the way that it went from Morgan to Nicole was really good. I also think that the transitions between characters was great. I really liked how the chapter on one character would end on a cliffhanger of sorts, it really quickened the pace of the book and made you want to read more.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book, there were some character development issues in my opinion on Morgan but that was just how I felt. Perhaps that was just me.

If you are looking for a fast paced, heart racing, twisty thriller then pick this one up! I would recommend!

Woman on the edge is available now, you can purchase using the below links (not affiliated at all!), or better still, borrow from your local library!

Waterstones – https://www.waterstones.com/book/woman-on-the-edge/samantha-m-bailey/9781472264640

Foyles – https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/woman-on-the-edge,samantha-m-bailey-9781472264640

Wordery – https://wordery.com/woman-on-the-edge-samantha-m-bailey-9781472264640?cTrk=MTY5Njc5MjcxfDVlNTExODJmMTYyYTc6MToxMjo1ZTUxMTgyMTM3YWRkNy4wMzMxNjY1Mjo5MzJhMWIwNQ%3D%3D

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