Book Review: Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

Woman on the Edge
Samantha M. Bailey


The last thing Morgan Kincaid expects while waiting for a Chicago subway train is for someone to come up to her, thrust a baby in her arms and jump in front of a train. Nicole Markham’s last words to Morgan are, “I know what you want. Don’t let anyone hurt her.” And then she calls Morgan by her name.

Morgan, a social worker, could see desperation in the woman’s eyes. But who was she, how did she know Morgan’s name? What made her give up her baby and take her own life?

Those are the simple questions, believe it or not, but both women’s back stories complicate the investigation even more and soon Morgan is a person of interest. Morgan is determined to clear her name, at great risk.

What a great premise for a psychological thriller! This is a fast-paced read, with plenty of momentum. I don’t want to give too much away because these books are better to experience first-hand. There’s a good supply of suspicious secondary characters with questionable agendas that kept me wondering how the story would sort itself out.

The psychological aspect plays into Nicole’s story. She’s just had a baby and is having trouble remembering things. She’s also the CEO of a publicly-traded company called Breathe which sells yoga wear and mindfulness products. Her assistant is keeping things running while she’s out, but there’s a power struggle going on behind the scenes

I enjoyed reading this debut novel. I thought the plot was well-developed, and the author did a good job typing up loose ends at what was a wild finish, requiring the standard suspension of disbelief. I thought the details of Nicole’s work situation were a little silly, however, but that’s something readers need to go along with, rather than get bogged down by an unrealistic scenario.

I like the double play of the title, too. And, while not a heavy book, the author touches on important themes of marriage, betrayal and most importantly, postpartum depression. I recommend Woman on the Edge to readers who like quick thrillers and look forward to reading future books by Bailey.

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19 thoughts on “Book Review: Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

  1. I just bought this book on a whim and now I’m even more keen to read it after reading your review. I feel like I need books that are engaging but not hard to follow at the moment so this one sounds perfect.
    Hope you’re keeping well.

    1. Hi Hayley – I hope you enjoy it – definitely not a challenging read, but perfect for what we’re going through. All is well here – hope you are also well.

  2. I believe I have seen a review of this book elsewhere, so my interest is definitely piqued. Fast read, and entertaining fits the bill for this stressful time! Thank you, Barbara.

    1. Hi Books and Bakes – not a literary read, but it was a nice escape from our current situation. Thanks for the visit. I hope you are doing well. 🙂

      1. Yes thank you. I’ve been reading a little, blogging a little and working a little. Nice balance. I must admit, I fear for what comes next! X

      2. Yes, I am still at home. Don’t know when the library will open. After 2 months of this, I’m starting to fall into a routine. Stay healthy!

  3. I was very happy when I had my babies, Barbara, which made it hard for me to understand postpartum depression. One of my sister’s suffered badly from it and that was when I realised what a real and terrible illness it is. A lovely review.

    1. Hi Robbie – I didn’t suffer from PPD either although the stress of being a new mother and not feeling fully recovered for a while was real. I do know others who have battled with PPD – it’s a terrible thing to go through. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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