Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey. Desperate act, or acting out of desperation?

Imagine waiting for the subway home, lost in thought.

Suddenly, an unkempt complete stranger says your name and thrusts an impeccably taken care of baby in your arms, then jumps.

Heavy-hearted, demure, Morgan Kincaid, is living in the shadow of her embezzling husband’s suicide. Full of shame, guilt, regret - getting through each day for her, is a struggle. But Morgan’s life is about to explode in the most unimaginable way.

The confident, uber-successful CEO of her own company, Nicole Markham unexpectedly finds herself pregnant. Thrilled nonetheless, Nicole’s happiness about becoming a mother is plagued by harsh self-doubt and haunting memories of a past she cannot reconcile with.

Morgan becomes a prime suspect with the police hot on her trail, digging into her past looking for a connection to Nicole and prove her guilt. But Morgan did not know Nicole and has no idea why a total stranger would name her as guardian of this baby. Taking things into her own hands, Morgan sets out to clear her name and discover how she is involved, and why Nicole would do such a bizarre thing.

Nicole’s post-partum and sleep deprivation take a toll – she can’t make sense of things, starts losing track of time, and slips into total dishevelment. Her husband has no tolerance for it and leaves. Alone and insecure, the unrelenting memories of her past fuel her fear over the safety of her baby. Soon, Nicole is spiralling lower into delusional, emotional instability and paranoia, until she can no longer tell what is real and what is mania.

This riveting, page-turning debut novel by Canadian author Samantha M. Bailey, had me thoroughly invested in the characters, anticipating at every twist, and unable to stop until I read every last thrilling written word.

From the very first page, Woman on the Edge, starts in high gear and you’re riding shotgun.

Highly and most enthusiastically recommend Woman on the Edge.

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for the read of Samantha M. Bailey’s, Woman on the Edge.

The opinions expressed in my reviews are my own.