“Woman on the Edge” by Samantha M. Bailey

“A well read woman is a dangerous creature” – Lisa Kleypas 

Happy Monday Friends! 

Hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend! Mine has been super relaxing, which means I was able to finally finish book #1 of 2020. Along with many other things I’d like to accomplish this year (that post coming soon), I’ve set a goal to read 20 books by the end of 2020. While I find myself primarily drawn to psychological thrillers & murder mysteries, I am going to make an effort to branch out and dabble in a few other genres. That being said, this first book does fall into the “thriller” genre + am I ever glad I didn’t overlook this one! 

And so, without further ado, let’s jump straight into Book Review #1 of 2020: 

The BASICS

Title: “Woman on the Edge” 

Author: Samantha M. Bailey  

Price: $24.99 CAD (from Indigo) 

Genre: Thriller 

Number of pages: 254

Started Reading: January 28th 

Finished Reading: February 10th 

Goodreads score: 3.9/5

ABOUT

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.                                             

MY THOUGHTS

This.book.was.INCREDIBLE! 

Yes I say that about 99% of the books I read, but it’s true. I absolutely could NOT put this one down. I mean, when page one starts with a woman handing a complete stranger her baby before jumping in front of an oncoming train…how could you not want to dive right in + find out what’s going on?! Each chapter has you on the edge of your seat, anxiously waiting to find out how these two women (Nicole and Morgan) are led to the moment when the unthinkable happens. 

If you’re going to read “Woman on the Edge”, which I 100% think you should, here are the  key characters of this book: 

Nicole: Prominent CEO of the athletic brand Breathe 

Tessa: Nicole’s best friend + right hand (WO)man at Breathe

Greg: Nicole’s husband 

Morgan: Newly widowed social worker who is desperate for a child 

If you’ve been reading these little book reviews, then you’ll know I don’t love it when each chapter is from a different characters perspective. What I like even less you ask? When each chapter jumps between past + present. This book definitely both does which is the only negative thing I have to say about this book. Lucky for me, it only jumps between Nicole and Morgan’s perspective, making it fairly easy to keep up with who’s who. 

And there you have it friends, my first little book review of 2020! How many books do you want to read this year? 

Thanks so much for stopping by & until next time, 

       xo 

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