Woman on the Edge
Author: Samantha M. Bailey
Publication Date: June 1st 2019
Publisher: Headline Publishing
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.
Today I’m hosting the blog tour for Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things tours and the publisher for having me and providing me with a copy of the book. Headline Publishing are really knocking it out of the park recently with their edge of the seat thrillers.
A woman with a past, trauma, fear and suffering. She’s now strong and independent, married to a husband that supports her, pregnant with a surprise but much wanted baby and a thriving company that she’s built from the bottom up. She gives birth to a sweet baby girl, Quinn and then the problems begin. Paranoia and obsession lurk in the shadows becoming a dominant presence in the recesses of her mind.
My heart broke whilst reading the novel. As a fellow sufferer of Post Natal Depression, it was close to my heart. Unfortunately becoming a mother isn’t the beautiful, sunshine and rainbows experience for everyone. Its evil and disturbing but the story is utterly compelling. Little Quinn warmed my heart and the interactions between mother and child brought a genuine tear to my eye. I could picture her bubbly little laughs, her twinkling big eyes and her infectious aura. She brought light to an otherwise dark existence. From the start you know that Nicole has suffered hurt, to see her fall from grace, from high powered business woman to struggling mother. The theme is both moving and heartfelt but with a core of pure tension.
As a mother myself I could totally relate to the feelings Nicole had as a new mother, especially of a first born. The feelings are new, you love this little bundle with such a fierce intensity and a maternal instinct that would propel you forward to do anything for your baby. Nicole developed such a strong bond with her daughter that she didn’t want to put her down, have others care for her or sleep in case something terrible happened to her. How many mothers can associate that strong feeling in the early weeks? It’s such a relatable topic and so terrifyingly real.
Nicole’s plight had such an intense emotional reaction in me. Going through the story knowing what happened to Nicole, her presence had the haunting ambiance of a ghost. You knew how it was going to transcend but the lead up was cruel, but the narrative was glorious. It was dangerously addictive until the final truth will out.
The story is told in dual prospective, Nicole and Morgan. Both women were extremely relatable, and you were ready to follow them straight to hell. Their experiences were similar, and Morgan made forthright decisions to take back control of her life. They were needed to bring her to a point when all was right with the world again. The author has an extremely talented knack for writing characters that connect with the reader in the most mesmerising fashion.
“Take My Baby.”
Woman on the Edge is a throat punch. I cried, I was angry, and I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. A landslide to the heart. Tragedy but with a large helping of healing. Complex and suspenseful. Sharp edged and claustrophobic. A perfect read for those cosy winter nights.
I’m a Toronto-based journalist and freelance editor who’s written extensively for Now Magazine, Oxford University Press, and several other publications. I’m also the co-founder of “BookBuzz,” a promotional and interactive author-reader event held in New York City and Toronto that has attracted the attention of prominent publicists, influential media, and bestselling authors. I hold a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics and credit that degree with my writing career because I wrote my first novel while taking a course on imagination. Now my imagination leads me to create dark and twisty stories, and my debut psychological thriller, WOMAN ON THE EDGE, will be published in nine countries world-wide, including with Garzanti in Italy, Roca Editorial in Spain, Heyne in Germany, General Press in Hungary, Euromedia in the Czech Republic, Ikar in Slovakia, Znak in Poland, and in North America with Simon and Schuster Canada, and the UK with Headline.
I love reading as much as I love writing so if I’m not tapping away at my computer, I’m probably curled up on my couch with a book.