Woman on the Edge
A moment on the platform changes two lives forever. But nothing is as it seems...'Take my baby.'In a split second, Morgan's life changes forever. 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 was something much darker going on?Pulse-pounding, heartrending, shocking, thrilling. This is one book you won't be able to stop thinking about.

Woman on the Edge Details

TitleWoman on the Edge
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Woman on the Edge Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Four full of action, thrilling, anxious, riveting, oh boy this book really makes you face with your own inner demons stars!When I see the title, I just started to visualize a woman is standing at the roof of the skyscraper (This kind of suicidal act reminded me of two movie: Jax Teller a.k.a Charlie Hunnam’s “Ledge” and Sam Worthington`s –what’s the problem with all those hot Brit guys to accept depressing suicidal guy roles –“Man on a ledge”) but instead of that we got a powerful Ceo’s jumping Four full of action, thrilling, anxious, riveting, oh boy this book really makes you face with your own inner demons stars!When I see the title, I just started to visualize a woman is standing at the roof of the skyscraper (This kind of suicidal act reminded me of two movie: Jax Teller a.k.a Charlie Hunnam’s “Ledge” and Sam Worthington`s –what’s the problem with all those hot Brit guys to accept depressing suicidal guy roles –“Man on a ledge”) but instead of that we got a powerful Ceo’s jumping on train rails (House of Cards’ season 2: surprising Zoe execution kind of scene! But Kaiser Soze didn’ push her, she did it by herself) Yess, it’s fast and mind bending! The book starts with one of the protagonist’s ( Nicole) dying scene which makes you jump from your seat. She holds her baby to gives her baby to the other protagonist a.k.a Morgan, a defeated, exhausted woman because of the embezzlement case of her husband who also ended his life recently. So Nicole’s last words were pleading to Morgan to keep her baby safe and BOOOM! She is hit by a train!So this is a fast paced book with so much conspiracy, surprises, twists , is told by one dead and one living characters ( we’re moving back and forth between Nicole’s facing her past. She feels responsible and suffers from guilt feelings about a baby’s death when she was working as her baby-sitter. She is pregnant and gets death threats from the mother of the child. The threats started to endanger her baby’s safety and so she needs to do something to protect her. And we also catch glimpses of Morgan’s present life after she witnessed Nicole’s death and she already added Morgan in her will as the guardian of her baby. Before she died she called Morgan with her name but they haven’t met before which makes the police officers more suspicious about Morgan’s motives (They already accused her know everything about her husband’s embezzlement scheme! But she denied her involvement!) So what is gonna happen? It seems like Nicole’s death didn’t solve the threat problems against the baby and now Morgan’s life in danger. You want to know what is gonna happen? Don’t be lazy ass, just read it!This is remarkable, thrilling, heart throbbing page turner and I fully recommend it to the readers who like action, mysterious, fast pacing thrillers.Special thanks to NetGalley and Simon&Schuster to share this mind blowing, fantastic ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review. And I congratulate Samantha M. Bailey to create this compelling worj. I cannot wait to read more of her works.
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  • Mary Kubica
    January 1, 1970
    One woman’s struggles with motherhood and another’s desperate desire to be a mother collide in this explosive and frenetic debut. WOMAN ON THE EDGE is a white-knuckle read that welcomes a bright new talent to the world of psychological suspense.
  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    *2.5* Stars. I wish to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the ARC for Woman On the Edge in return for an honest review. This was an intense psychological thriller and Samantha M. Bailey’s debut novel. She displays talent in developing a compelling premise and a twisty plot. I failed to empathize with the flawed characters with their past secrets, tragedies, and regrets. As the twists developed, I found some of the reveals strained for credibility. An underlying menace undermined the *2.5* Stars. I wish to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the ARC for Woman On the Edge in return for an honest review. This was an intense psychological thriller and Samantha M. Bailey’s debut novel. She displays talent in developing a compelling premise and a twisty plot. I failed to empathize with the flawed characters with their past secrets, tragedies, and regrets. As the twists developed, I found some of the reveals strained for credibility. An underlying menace undermined the characters’ emotional stability. The author is from Canada, but the story could be set anywhere. Like a couple of other popular Canadian mystery writers, a Canadian location is never mentioned. Because of the author’s skill in maintaining suspense, I stayed with the book until the end. It was a quick read, with good plain, direct writing without embellishments. It showed some characters with intense love for a child and wanting to protect her at all costs to themselves. Others were more interested in the financial benefits which came with the child. I would definitely be interested in reading this promising author’s next novel.
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  • Terry Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    Intriguing Nervous Breakdown Twisty-Turny ExcitinguNexpected Suspect Stunning EmotionalSooooo this book was, as stated above, INTENSE! I was pulled in and barely able to come up for breath from the very first chapter. It's a perfectly paced thriller. There wasn't a single moment where I had time to really think, "This is what will happen next." I also wasn't able to figure out whodunit until it was presented to me, which rarely happens for me with thrillers. While I was able to figure out Intriguing Nervous Breakdown Twisty-Turny ExcitinguNexpected Suspect Stunning EmotionalSooooo this book was, as stated above, INTENSE! I was pulled in and barely able to come up for breath from the very first chapter. It's a perfectly paced thriller. There wasn't a single moment where I had time to really think, "This is what will happen next." I also wasn't able to figure out whodunit until it was presented to me, which rarely happens for me with thrillers. While I was able to figure out that not everything was as peachy with certain characters as was presented, I didn't accurately gauge the depth of how unpeachy. The story goes from present-day Morgan to past Nicole in alternating chapters. This worked very well. The author adds in puzzle pieces at appropriate times in this way. The two characters are thorough and real to the reader. As a mother myself, I found it easy to connect with both of them and imagine myself in their shoes.... which was terrifying and emotional for me. That's a good thing, though. I love a book that can make me cry or laugh out loud or feel real anger towards a character while reading it.This is a genre I really enjoy, and until now, I'd have said my favorite author of the genre was Clare Mackintosh. Samantha M. Bailey has earned a place beside her with this gem. I'd recommend this to absolutely anyone who reads fiction and enjoys a good thriller.Thanks to Samantha M. Bailey for writing this book, Simon & Schuster for publishing it, and NetGalley for allowing us to connect. All the opinions above are my own and not biased in any way.
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  • Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! I can't believe it was Samantha Bailey's debut novel! (Correction, her debut novel in this genre!) This book pulled me in right at the beginning and continued right through to the end! A successful business woman, Nicole Markham, is struggling with her role as a new mother! She's dealing with postpartum psychosis and extreme fear. This part of the book really hit me, as I have had some hard times after the birth of my children. Then you have Morgan Kincaid, a widow who is I loved this book! I can't believe it was Samantha Bailey's debut novel! (Correction, her debut novel in this genre!) This book pulled me in right at the beginning and continued right through to the end! A successful business woman, Nicole Markham, is struggling with her role as a new mother! She's dealing with postpartum psychosis and extreme fear. This part of the book really hit me, as I have had some hard times after the birth of my children. Then you have Morgan Kincaid, a widow who is dealing with her desire to be a mother. Their lives collide when Morgan is on her way home from work, on the subway platform, and Nicole approaches her and says "Take my baby", "I know what you want" and places the baby in her arms before she tragically jumps In front of the train. Things after that spiral our of control for Morgan. It was twisty and fun! Intense!! Definitely binge worthy!!.Told in multiple POV and timelines made this book so suspenseful! I loved the writing and couldn't wait to find out what was going on!! I can't wait to read more by Samantha Bailey! Thank you to the publisher Simon & Schuster and netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review!!
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Feverish, intense, and engrossing!Woman on the Edge is a well-crafted, gripping novel that takes you into the lives of Nicole Markham, a successful businesswoman who finds herself completely paralysed by fear and anxiety after the birth of her baby girl, Quinn, and Morgan Kincaid, a woman with her own traumatic past whose life is suddenly turned upside down when she finds herself a suspect in a crime she inadvertently becomes entangled in. The writing is edgy and crisp. The characters are Feverish, intense, and engrossing!Woman on the Edge is a well-crafted, gripping novel that takes you into the lives of Nicole Markham, a successful businesswoman who finds herself completely paralysed by fear and anxiety after the birth of her baby girl, Quinn, and Morgan Kincaid, a woman with her own traumatic past whose life is suddenly turned upside down when she finds herself a suspect in a crime she inadvertently becomes entangled in. The writing is edgy and crisp. The characters are vulnerable, anxious, and troubled. And the plot told from alternating timelines and perspectives keeps you on the edge of your seat as it immerses you in an ominous tale full of twists, turns, deception, red herrings, secrets, obsession, violence, mayhem, and murder.Overall, Woman on the Edge is a fast-paced, thrilling, sophisticated tale by Bailey that keeps you enthralled from the very first page and is undoubtedly an exceptionally promising debut.Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nicki
    January 1, 1970
    Woman On The Edge is the gripping,enthralling story of two emotionally flawed women who it seems fate has decided to throw together in a heart breaking,shocking encounter that results in one of them being dead and the other having to fight to prove that she is neither a child abductor or a murderer.Nicole Markham has a charmed life,she is beautiful,is CEO of her own clothing company,has a handsome loving husband and is the mother of a gorgeous seven week old daughter. So what would make her want Woman On The Edge is the gripping,enthralling story of two emotionally flawed women who it seems fate has decided to throw together in a heart breaking,shocking encounter that results in one of them being dead and the other having to fight to prove that she is neither a child abductor or a murderer.Nicole Markham has a charmed life,she is beautiful,is CEO of her own clothing company,has a handsome loving husband and is the mother of a gorgeous seven week old daughter. So what would make her want to commit suicide?Morgan Kincaid is a social worker who works in a refuge for abused women. Her life was torn apart when her husband embezzled lots of many from many people including Morgan's parents and then committed suicide leaving Morgan to face the backlash. Many people including the police believe that Morgan was his accomplice and knew more about her husband's nefarious activities than she has admitted.The chapters alternate between Morgan and Nicole. Morgan's chapters are set in the present day as we follow her desperate quest to prove her innocence,find out why a complete stranger would ask her to take care if her baby whilst having to deal with the suspicions of the annoyingly blinkered detective who is in charge of the case and having no idea who she can trust. Nicole`s chapters were set in the past as we followed her journey from confident pregnant business women to a anxious,paranoid shell of her former self. Is she suffering from postnatal depression or is someone playing games with her because of her fragile mental state of mind?. As a parent myself, I felt a lot of empathy for poor Nicole and could fully understand her desire to protect her beloved daughter,a desire that was compounded by a sad incident that happened in her past. I thought Morgan was a likeable character but I was also unsure at times about the reliability of her narratives. There was a number of other possibly untrustworthy characters who may or may not have been involved in Nicole`s possible mental decline.I honestly cannot believe that this extremely well written,tightly plotted thriller is a debut novel. I was hooked in from the first page,totally captivated by the twists and turns as the story unfolded before my eyes. The short snappy chapters,many of which ended on a cliff hanger gave the reader a very bad case of Just one more chapter syndrome. I loved this book and look forward to reading many more books written by this author in the future. Worth far more than five stars and very very highly recommended.Many thanks to the author and Headline Books for a arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Christina McDonald
    January 1, 1970
    Exhilarating and evocative with a palpable sense of tension throughout, Woman on the Edge had me gripped from the very first page. This is one of those books that effortlessly ticks all the boxes: wonderful word building, realistic characters and a gripping plot that made me keep flipping the pages.On a platform in Chicago, Morgan’s life is changed forever when a stranger hands her a baby, then jumps in front of an oncoming train. But Morgan quickly becomes entwined with the story when she Exhilarating and evocative with a palpable sense of tension throughout, Woman on the Edge had me gripped from the very first page. This is one of those books that effortlessly ticks all the boxes: wonderful word building, realistic characters and a gripping plot that made me keep flipping the pages.On a platform in Chicago, Morgan’s life is changed forever when a stranger hands her a baby, then jumps in front of an oncoming train. But Morgan quickly becomes entwined with the story when she becomes a suspect.Woman On The Edge explores what it’s like for many women as new mothers: the constant state of fear and how motherhood transforms us. Nicole’s anxiety throughout is palpable and real, while Morgan’s sense of devastation at her past, and the way it is affecting her present, are genuinely heart breaking. It is about obsession and madness, motherhood and trauma. This is a debut you’ll want to slip straight to the top of your TBR pile!
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  • Kimberly Belle
    January 1, 1970
    Woman on the Edge opens with an ingenious setup: a woman on the subway hands her baby to a total stranger, then jumps in front of an oncoming train. But were they really strangers, and did she really jump? Suspicions swirl in this propulsive debut, and the truth is revealed in twisty, page-turning increments that culminate in a whopper of an ending. A clever and addictive read from a bright new talent.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    The blurb for this book just screamed at me, “READ ME!”. I knew as soon as I read the blurb I had to discover for myself why a woman would hand over her baby to a complete stranger and then kill herself. It sure didn’t disappoint either.The story flicks between Nicole, a high flying career woman in the weeks in the run up to her giving her baby away and Morgan, a totally unsuspecting stranger whose life is turned upside down.Like Morgan, I was desperate for answers. As the police start looking The blurb for this book just screamed at me, “READ ME!”. I knew as soon as I read the blurb I had to discover for myself why a woman would hand over her baby to a complete stranger and then kill herself. It sure didn’t disappoint either.The story flicks between Nicole, a high flying career woman in the weeks in the run up to her giving her baby away and Morgan, a totally unsuspecting stranger whose life is turned upside down.Like Morgan, I was desperate for answers. As the police start looking into Morgan with suspicions turning on her, this made for a frantic read that I daren’t put down. I was interested in both these women, and their stories totally consumed me. I basically read it in two sittings as I couldn’t rest until I knew the outcome.Woman On The Edge is a story that will have your heart racing whilst tearing through the pages. This is a book once started, you really won’t want to be disturbed. If so, it will be at that person’s peril. A white knuckled read if ever I’ve read one. The pacing, suspense, tension, ending, all of it ticked the boxes for me in this genre and would highly recommend it.My thanks to Headline Books, NetGalley and Anne Cater for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARS - This compelling and intriguing premise will snag readers from the get-go. A woman suddenly hands her baby to an unsuspecting woman, seconds before she jumps in front of the train. Say wha?! This emotional and shocking scene is just the start of the suspenseful and impressive debut novel of Canadian author Samantha M. Bailey.Within her a compulsive and twisty plot, Bailey incorporates the struggles of new motherhood, mental illness with believably flawed, yet resilient female 4.5 STARS - This compelling and intriguing premise will snag readers from the get-go. A woman suddenly hands her baby to an unsuspecting woman, seconds before she jumps in front of the train. Say wha?! This emotional and shocking scene is just the start of the suspenseful and impressive debut novel of Canadian author Samantha M. Bailey.Within her a compulsive and twisty plot, Bailey incorporates the struggles of new motherhood, mental illness with believably flawed, yet resilient female characters which culminate into an intense and suspenseful read that will keep readers riveted until the final pages. Impressive, suspenseful, clever and thought-provoking. What more could you ask for?Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with a digital copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Paula DeBoard
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a lucky reader indeed to have received an advance copy of this book. Bailey's debut has just what I look for in a thriller: a gripping plot, palpable tension and characters pushed ever closer to the brink. If you like strong female characters (um, who doesn't like strong female characters?), you'll find that here, as well as some thought-provoking material on what society expects from new mothers at home and at work. I could have read this in a single day, it moved that fast and kept me that I'm a lucky reader indeed to have received an advance copy of this book. Bailey's debut has just what I look for in a thriller: a gripping plot, palpable tension and characters pushed ever closer to the brink. If you like strong female characters (um, who doesn't like strong female characters?), you'll find that here, as well as some thought-provoking material on what society expects from new mothers at home and at work. I could have read this in a single day, it moved that fast and kept me that hooked. I didn't, because I was with family and they occasionally expect me to interact with them... ;) Here's your warning that you may have the same problem!
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  • Eileen Goudge
    January 1, 1970
    A gripping domestic thriller that grabs hold on page one and keeps up the pacing, and keeps you guessing, until the end. An exiting debut for this author who’s new to the thriller genre. I look forward to reading more books by her.
  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    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 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!
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  • Melike
    January 1, 1970
    The book starts out strong with Nicole jumping off the platform onto the train tracks after handing her baby to a stranger. I definitely wanted to know why a new mother would do such a desperate act. However, as the story progressed I started to lose interest. The story was just not compelling enough. The characters were not developed well and I failed to connect with them. The final reveal was lackluster as well.Thank you to Net Galley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an ARC in The book starts out strong with Nicole jumping off the platform onto the train tracks after handing her baby to a stranger. I definitely wanted to know why a new mother would do such a desperate act. However, as the story progressed I started to lose interest. The story was just not compelling enough. The characters were not developed well and I failed to connect with them. The final reveal was lackluster as well.Thank you to Net Galley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada and Samantha Bailey for my free review copy. I was so excited to receive this book as I couldn’t wait to read it!! Morgan’s life is turned upside down when a stranger hands her baby over to her on the subway platform and then jumps. Her last words were for Morgan to take care of the baby. After all the initial confusion starts to settle down Morgan realizes the woman spoke to her by name. Who is this woman and how did she pick Morgan? It turns out the woman Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada and Samantha Bailey for my free review copy. I was so excited to receive this book as I couldn’t wait to read it!! Morgan’s life is turned upside down when a stranger hands her baby over to her on the subway platform and then jumps. Her last words were for Morgan to take care of the baby. After all the initial confusion starts to settle down Morgan realizes the woman spoke to her by name. Who is this woman and how did she pick Morgan? It turns out the woman was a successful businesswoman named Nicole. Due to Morgan’s murky past the police don’t believe her version of events. Unfortunately no one else overheard Nicole’s plea and some people believe Morgan pushed her. The story alternates between the two women. Morgan’s story is told in present day and Nicole’s moves from the past forward to the event on the platform. To clear her name Morgan tries to find out how Nicole knew her. This is a story of two strong women with very different circumstances. My heart ached for Nicole as she describes her last days. I loved that the story was told between the two main characters. This book kept me racing through to find out how it would end. This is a debut novel but you would never know it as the characters and story are so well developed and engaging. I can hardly wait for this author’s next book.
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  • Hannah Mary McKinnon
    January 1, 1970
    One word: Exhilarating! Woman on the Edge was impossible to put down as the twisty thrills kept on coming - and kept me guessing - leaving me breathless. Fans of Shari Lapena will no doubt gobble this one up in a heartbeat.
  • Kristin (Always With a Book)
    January 1, 1970
    I love a book that starts off so intense that I feel I am already holding my breath and I'm only a few pages in...then I know I am in for an unforgettable, totally binge-worthy read and that is exactly what I got. I read this in two sittings, and it probably would have been one had I not had to get off a plane in the middle of reading this!This book pulls you in right from the start - that first line haunts you the entire story. And the mini cliff-hangers that happen periodically at the end of I love a book that starts off so intense that I feel I am already holding my breath and I'm only a few pages in...then I know I am in for an unforgettable, totally binge-worthy read and that is exactly what I got. I read this in two sittings, and it probably would have been one had I not had to get off a plane in the middle of reading this!This book pulls you in right from the start - that first line haunts you the entire story. And the mini cliff-hangers that happen periodically at the end of some chapters will keep you frantically turning those pages as you desperately try to work out just what is going on. The characters are all well-drawn and I was suspicious of everyone and I loved that...I definitely did not see the ending coming.I loved the way this story was told, alternating between Nicole and Morgan's point of views and going back and forth between the present (Morgan's POV) and the past (Nicole's POV) so that we could get a better picture of what led to Nicole taking the steps she did. You really feel the pressure that Nicole was under and come to understand some of the motivations behind each of the characters. There is a frenetic energy that comes off the page and as the pace of the story moves fast, this only adds to that energy. The author really plays to the characters' flaws in an effortless way, making you all the more invested in them. This book is intense! It is equally heartbreaking and shocking as you dig into the layers that surround the mystery of what is really going on. Because believe me, nothing is as it seems here and that is part of the fun of this book. It's an addictive, binge-worthy read that you will not stop thinking about once you finish reading it...but be warned...it's also one that once you start, you won't want to put down! I cannot recommend this book enough and I cannot wait to see what comes next from this talented author...Samantha M. Bailey is definitely going on my must-read list!!!Thank you Samantha M. Bailey/Simon Schuster for the free review copy.My reviews can also be found on my blog: Always With A Book
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  • Sonica
    January 1, 1970
    SYNOPSIS: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 SYNOPSIS: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.*****Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada and author, Samantha Bailey for sending me an advanced copy of this incredible debut thriller, out November 26, 2019 in Canada.I knew I had to read this book as soon as I heard about it.  And as soon as it arrived on my doorstep, I dropped everything I was doing and dove right in.  In less than 24 hours I have devoured this book and I am already looking forward to what Samantha comes out with next (no pressure!).This book has all the ingredients for a perfect binge read: suspense, well-developed characters and a plot twist that will knock you off your feet!  I still cannot believe this was a debut; it literally had me turning ages quicker than I could blink - I just needed to know what was going to happen next.  This book will keep you at the edge of your seat cover to cover and I can assure you that once you start, you won't want to put it down until you finish.Told in alternating POVs by two unreliable female protagonists, the story follows an emotionally damaged young woman who literally feels her world slipping away as she becomes a new mother - an another woman who's world is also fraying at the seam but for completely deferent reasons.  Neither of these women know what's in store for them and everyone around them has betrayed them in some shape or form, but will  either of them figure out who's their villain before it's too late?!Well ...you'll just have to pick this one up on November 26 to find out!
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    Oh heck yes! Woman On The Edge certainly delivered everything I could ever ask for in a thriller. Twists & turns, fantastic plot, well developed characters and engaging writing!! I read this book in two sittings ... and only because I had to take a break to feed the family, haha! I didn't want to put this down. Though I did figure out who the villian was very early on in the book I was still surprised by the motive. Definitely a new fav author! Can't wait to see what's next. Huge thank you Oh heck yes! Woman On The Edge certainly delivered everything I could ever ask for in a thriller. Twists & turns, fantastic plot, well developed characters and engaging writing!! I read this book in two sittings ... and only because I had to take a break to feed the family, haha! I didn't want to put this down. Though I did figure out who the villian was very early on in the book I was still surprised by the motive. Definitely a new fav author! Can't wait to see what's next. Huge thank you to Simon & Schuster for my review copy!
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  • Andrea Pole
    January 1, 1970
    Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey is a fast-paced thriller that is a most impressive debut from an exciting new voice. I was pulled in immediately and was virtually propelled through a well executed and utterly compelling storyline. I felt fully invested in the stories of both Morgan and Nicole from the very start, and was tearing through the pages to find answers.Morgan Kincaid is standing on a train platform in Chicago when a woman approaches, hands her baby to Morgan, asking her to love Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey is a fast-paced thriller that is a most impressive debut from an exciting new voice. I was pulled in immediately and was virtually propelled through a well executed and utterly compelling storyline. I felt fully invested in the stories of both Morgan and Nicole from the very start, and was tearing through the pages to find answers.Morgan Kincaid is standing on a train platform in Chicago when a woman approaches, hands her baby to Morgan, asking her to love and care for her, and then proceeds to throw herself onto the tracks. Morgan is stupefied. Who was this woman, and why would she entrust her precious daughter to the care of a complete stranger? Told from the alternating perspectives of Morgan and Nicole, the victim, the motives of each woman become unclear, particularly as Morgan becomes a person of interest in the case, far beyond that of innocent bystander.This is an exciting, gripping read that I found to be highly addictive. I cannot wait to see what comes next from this talented new author.Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for this ARC.
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  • Liz Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha M. Bailey’s highly anticipated debut Woman On The Edge grips you from its first line. Quick-paced with roller coaster-like twists and turns, Woman On The Edge is a thrilling story of two women whose lives, in one brief moment, are forever changed. You’ll be breathless as you tear through the final pages. Loved it!
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  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    A psychological thriller which grabs you by the throat and does not let you go until you have turned the last page. Gripping, full of tension and suspense. Heartbraking and it definitely got my heart racing. I read this book in one sitting, I could not put this book down. A MUST READ for all readers of this genre. Almost five stars and highly recommended. I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Genevieve Graham
    January 1, 1970
    She got me! So many twists and turns, so many suspects, so many trails leading to ... whodunnit? Fantastic debut - never mind that, fantastic thriller! Unbelievable - and yet so very believable, if you know what I mean. The premise was disturbing, of course, but wow! It got so much more twisted and exciting after that. I burned through the book and am looking forward to S. Bailey's next novel - I hope it's already in the works!
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  • Josie Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book (read it pre-release). One of my favorites of the year.Every mother’s worst nightmare comes to life in this taut, razor-sharp thriller. Bailey’s genius is in her story’s structure. By alternating the voices of two narrators—a new mother driven to the edge of insanity and a woman crawling out of the emotional abyss of her devastated life—gruesome clues reveal the sinister events that led one to abandon her infant in the arms of the other before ending her life. Crackling with I LOVED this book (read it pre-release). One of my favorites of the year.Every mother’s worst nightmare comes to life in this taut, razor-sharp thriller. Bailey’s genius is in her story’s structure. By alternating the voices of two narrators—a new mother driven to the edge of insanity and a woman crawling out of the emotional abyss of her devastated life—gruesome clues reveal the sinister events that led one to abandon her infant in the arms of the other before ending her life. Crackling with suspense, the blistering pace of Bailey’s story will keep you turning pages late into the night to find out who—if either—is telling the truth.
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  • Sonja Yoerg
    January 1, 1970
    With the narrative acceleration of a runaway train, Woman on the Edge kept me at the edge of my seat for its entire zigzagging ride; I had to remind myself to breathe. Bailey’s confident prose and dark satire (‘Namaste’ indeed!) enrich the ingenious plot, and her authentic characters—whether damaged, yearning, or downright diabolical—make this compulsory reading for fans of suspense. An exceptional debut!
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  • Daniela Petrova
    January 1, 1970
    A knockout premise, breakneck pacing and a twisty plot with two strong women at its core make Woman on the Edge irresistible. I read it in one sitting, absolutely riveted by this propulsive tale of motherhood, loss and betrayal. A must-read for thriller lovers.
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  • Diane Merritt
    January 1, 1970
    Thought this was a good but not great or unputdownable, but made you want to know what was going to happen. Not a book that will stick in my mind but worth the read.
  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    I can't give this book anything other than 5 stars... I was drawn in from the very first page and read this in one sitting. It's fast paced - short chapters made me think 'one more chapter' until I'd finished the whole thing!!We have a really sad but gripping start - Nicole hands Morgan her baby on the train platform telling her to love her child before apparently throwing herself in front of the train. The story then separates into two perspectives and the chapters alternate between I can't give this book anything other than 5 stars... I was drawn in from the very first page and read this in one sitting. It's fast paced - short chapters made me think 'one more chapter' until I'd finished the whole thing!!We have a really sad but gripping start - Nicole hands Morgan her baby on the train platform telling her to love her child before apparently throwing herself in front of the train. The story then separates into two perspectives and the chapters alternate between perspectives - we move forwards from that incident with Morgan. She didn't know Nicole and is suddenly accused of snatching the baby and pushing Nicole. She's tainted by the past crimes of her husband and is under suspicion from the start. We then get Nicole's perspective starting back in time and moving forwards to the incident on the platform. Nicole has it all - the perfect mattiage, her own successful business which has made her wealthy. So how on earth has she ended up in this position??There were so many twists and turns here that kept me guessing what was going on - did the past come back to haunt Nicole? Did someone want to cause her harm? Was she mentally ill? Well, you'll have to read it to find out!! When we get to the point where we understand Nicole's choice - I thought it was a bit weak but there was one twist left in the tale which brought the story to a very sad and terrible conclusion. What lengths will people go to for love and money??A great read from a debut author.
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  • Bookread2day
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone is going to be talking about this novel as the hype of The Woman On The Edge is real, there are no ifs or buts it's the book everyone wants to reads. Morgan is a social worker who recognises the signs of stress. But she didn't notice anything wrong with her husband, who she found dead. Then with Morgan on the way to work standing on the platform a woman with a baby says her name Morgan I've been watching you, please take my baby, don't let anyone hurt he. Love her for me, then the woman Everyone is going to be talking about this novel as the hype of The Woman On The Edge is real, there are no ifs or buts it's the book everyone wants to reads. Morgan is a social worker who recognises the signs of stress. But she didn't notice anything wrong with her husband, who she found dead. Then with Morgan on the way to work standing on the platform a woman with a baby says her name Morgan I've been watching you, please take my baby, don't let anyone hurt he. Love her for me, then the woman dumped her baby into Morgan's arms. Without warning the woman jumped off the platform edge. How did this woman know Morgan's name? And why was she watching Morgan for a long time? The sad part is when police take Morgan in for questioning, witnesses say Morgan took the woman's baby off her. Here must be a classic example of what passengers see and what really happened. The tension throughout is fast and real. I myself have to congratulate Samantha M Bailey on an absolute superbly story that has everything I search for in a story full of twists leading the way. I simply have to express Woman on the Edge is a must read.
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