Review: Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

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Title: Woman on the Edge
Author: Samantha M. Bailey
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
Genre: Thriller
Source: Received a copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 5 stars

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.

Review:

Morgan is a woman who has already been through a lot in her life, more than most people should have to go through. She’s in the process of trying to rebuild what’s left after her husband’s suicide and the discovery of his fraud.

One night on her commute home from work, a woman she has never seen before approaches her. She looks frantic and frazzled and shoves her infant daughter towards Morgan saying, “take my baby.” In a state of complete shock, Morgan just kind of takes her and in the blink of an eye the mother jumps in front of the incoming train. And so begins another absolute state of chaos in Morgan’s life.

Told in alternating perspectives between Morgan’s life after Nicole jumps and Nicole’s life before she jumps, Woman on the Edge is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat up until the conclusion. It was so fast-paced, I couldn’t put it down. This is one of those books when you need to know what happens next.

The fact that this is a debut thriller novel blows my mind. It was so carefully written and crafted with the experience of a veteran in the genre. I can’t wait to see what Samantha M. Bailey will bring to us next, because if Woman on the Edge was just a hint of what she has to offer the genre, then oh my god give me her next book now.

About Samantha M. Bailey:

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Samantha M. Bailey is a Toronto-based novelist, freelance editor, and 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. She holds a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics and credits that degree with her writing career because she wrote her first (unpublished) novel after taking a course on imagination.

Now her imagination leads her to create dark and twisty stories. Her debut psychological thriller, WOMAN ON THE EDGE, is published by Simon and Schuster Canada and Headline UK, and will be translated into seven languages.

She loves reading as much as writing, so when not tapping away on her computer, she’s probably curled up with a really good book.

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Top 5 Books I Read in 2019

Hello lovelies! Can you believe 2019 is already over? I can’t, but honestly, thank the lord. This year was quite mediocre for me in terms of what I read. A few months ago I intended on making this list a top 10, but that didn’t end up going as planned. I just didn’t feel like I read enough amazing books, which is sad since I made it to 50, but oh well.

Putting a list of 5 books together was much easier and I can honestly say I freaking loved these to the moon and back and would suggest these to you all any day of the week.

If you’ve also read some of these let me know! I’d love to know your guys’ thoughts too. And link me to your best books lists for the year! I’m always down to find out about new books.

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1. Normal People by Sally Rooney
Good god. GOOD FREAKING LORD. This book hit me in the emotions so hard. And then it kept on hitting me repeatedly until I was curled up on the ground in fetal position. I’ve teared up reading books before (rarely, but it’s happened) but this book straight up had me sobbing. I remember having to take a break because I couldn’t keep reading through my tears. Not everyone is going to have this reaction, but some things going on in my personal life paired with the rawness of this story got me good.

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2. Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey
This is by far my favourite R.S. Grey book. I know a lot of people might disagree with me, but that’s ok. To me this was her funniest book to date and I had to stop reading it in public because I would start laughing out loud in the middle of my trek to and from work. I’m too shy to be the girl giggling like an idiot in the middle of a packed bus. Also, Madison was me. I’m convinced R.S. Grey took residence in my brain when she wrote this. It was so nice to read a rom-com with a character who was so relatably awkward without being too much.

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3. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
I think it’s safe to say that Renée Ahdieh can do no wrong in my world. That was my third book by her and damn, woman. DAMN. She writes in the most beautiful way and always creates these vivid worlds and complex characters. And the romance. THE. FREAKING. ROMANCE. SHE. COMES. UP. WITH. I’m left in a puddle every time because it’s so perfect.

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4. Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey
Please read this thriller. For the love of all that is good, please just read it. From start to finish I was on the edge of my seat needing to know how this baby came to be in Morgan’s arms. I don’t know what else to say without spoiling it (it’s so easy to slip up with a spoiler in a thriller) so just go buy it or borrow it from your nearest library and read it.

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5. Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks
Another thriller you need to get your hands on. It’s told in dual perspective with “then” and “now” timelines and it’s just perfect. I remember getting to a huge part just as I was finishing my lunch at work (this is why you don’t read thrillers at the office…) and my mind was stuck on it the whole rest of my afternoon. Time has never gone by more slowly. It was fast-paced and kept me guessing. This was one of the first books I read this year, and I still instantly think of it now when I think of my favourite books of the year.