Out APRIL 19, 2022 in the US and Canada with Simon & Schuster Canada
A tense psychological thriller about a mother who must keep watch at all times if she wants to keep her family safe—from USA TODAY and #1 national bestselling author Samantha M. Bailey.
Wherever you go…
she’ll be watching.
Sarah Goldman, mother to six-year-old Jacob, is relieved to move across the country. She has a lot she wants to leave behind, especially Holly Monroe, the pretty twenty-two-year-old babysitter she and her husband, Daniel, hired to take care of their young son last summer. It started out as a perfect arrangement—Sarah had a childminder her son adored, and Holly found the mother figure she’d always wanted. But Sarah’s never been one to trust very easily, so she kept a close eye on Holly, maybe too close at times. What she saw raised some questions, not only about who Holly really was but what she was hiding. The more Sarah watched, the more she learned—until one day, she saw something she couldn’t unsee, something so shocking that all she could do was flee.
Sarah has put it all behind her and is starting over in a different city with her husband and son. They’ve settled into a friendly suburb where the neighbors, a tight clique of good citizens, are always on the lookout for danger. But when Sarah finds hidden cameras in her new home, she has to wonder: has her past caught up to her, and worse yet, who’s watching her now?
A spine-tingling, page-turning novel from USA TODAY and #1 national bestselling author Samantha M. Bailey, Watch Out for Her is psychological suspense at its very best—a chilling look at trust, voyeurism, and obsession in the modern age, and how far we will go to watch out for those we love.
“Yet again, one of our most beloved thriller writers brings us a story with the heart of a family drama and the pulse of an edge-of-your-seat spine-chiller. Filled with foreboding from the very first page, this one will keep you up all night—and have you checking the locks!”
— MARISSA STAPLEY, author of Reese’s Book Club Pick Lucky
“A tense and claustrophobic thriller in which Bailey makes you question whether the heart of a family is a place of safety or danger. Paranoia, obsession, and secrets ensure a twisty read.”
— GILLY MACMILLAN, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew
“An irresistible story about what happens when we take our obsessions too far. Propulsive, electrifying, and sinister, I could not tear myself away from the narrators, two women each hiding dark secrets from their families. Bailey’s assured prose delivers as enthralling a tale as her stellar debut.”
— STEPHANIE WROBEL, bestselling author of This Might Hurt and Darling Rose Gold
“Wow! Relentlessly tense and incredibly twisty—Watch Out for Her proves the amazing Samantha M. Bailey is the queen of family suspense. With authentic emotion and complex and heartbreaking relationships, Bailey shows her brilliance in revealing the destructive power of love and the intensity of the need to belong. I flew through the cinematic pages, riveted and completely immersed in this propulsive and original thriller. Everyone will be talking about this—do not miss it!”
— HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life
“Samantha M. Bailey turns our most visceral fears into an artform in Watch Out for Her—a fierce and terrifying tour-de-force that puts unseen eyes on the back of your neck from page one. Through rich and palpably unsettling prose, Bailey delivers a relentlessly tense and inescapably honest thriller that scared the hell out of me as only she can. Read this book.”
— P.J. VERNON, author of Bath Haus and When You Find Me
“I’d planned on reading a chapter or two but ended up devouring Watch Out for Her in a day. Compulsive, propelling, and unputdownable, this twisted thriller is as enthralling as it is surprising. A fantastic read that’s sure to be a huge hit!”
— HANNAH MARY McKINNON, bestselling author of You Will Remember Me
“An addictive read from start to finish, Samantha M. Bailey’s talent and skill are on full display in this well-crafted domestic thriller. Watch Out for Her will have you second-guessing everyone you meet and rooting for characters you don’t trust—and there is nothing more fun than that. Absolutely riveting.”
— JENNIFER HILLIER, bestselling author of Little Secrets and the award-winning Jar of Hearts
WOMAN ON THE EDGE – USA Today and #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER
“A fast-moving thriller with satisfying twists.”
— Toronto Star
“Bailey has talent and I, dear reader, am looking forward to her next novel.”
— Globe and Mail
“[A] nail-biting debut. . . . The tension becomes unrelenting . . . Fans of psychological suspense are in for a treat.”
— Publisher’s Weekly (Starred review)
“Woman on the Edge races towards its final destination with breakneck speed.”
“The debut novel from Toronto writer Samantha M. Bailey mines maternal anxiety, marital secrets, female friendship, and C-suite power grabs—not to mention public transit horror—for a satisfyingly twisty psychological thriller.”
— Toronto Life
A remarkable thriller.
— Morning Live
[A] must-read thriller. . . . A series of events that will keep you turning this book’s pages till the end.
Out now in ebook, audio, and paperback in Canada and the US from Simon and Schuster Canada; out now in ebook, audio, and paperback in the UK from Headline UK.
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.
Huge thanks to designer Caroline Young, and the entire Headline team for this stunning cover!
Praise for WOMAN ON THE EDGE
“WOMAN ON THE EDGE begins with a bang and takes the reader on a tense, emotional journey of love, betrayal, loss and straight into the heart of a mother willing to do anything to protect her child. Infused with riveting, hold-your-breath suspense, this masterful debut needs to be your next binge-read. A knockout page turner.” Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE and BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND
“A shocking premise and two intriguingly damaged characters whose storylines hurtle toward each other, colliding in a powerful, moving climax. A propulsive read! Samantha M. Bailey is a writer to watch in the thriller genre.” Robyn Harding, bestselling author of THE PARTY and THE ARRANGEMENT
“A tale so tightly-told that you won’t swallow or exhale for the entire duration. Dark, riveting, utterly gripping…. Bailey is a new name to watch in the genre!” Roz Nay, bestselling author of OUR LITTLE SECRET
“Samantha M. Bailey’s highly anticipated debut grips you from its first line. Quick-paced with roller coaster-like twists and turns, Woman on The Edge is a thrilling story of two women whose lives, in one brief moment, are forever changed. You’ll be breathless as you tear through the final pages. Loved it!” Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of THE TWO LILA BENNETTS
“One woman’s struggles with motherhood and another’s desperate desire to be a mother collide in this explosive debut. WOMAN ON THE EDGE is a white-knuckle read that welcomes a bright new talent to the world of psychological suspense.” Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL
“A fast-paced, twisty roller coaster ride in which a desperate widow, a guilt-ridden new mother, and the secrets of the past collide—with a baby’s life hanging in the balance…. I couldn’t race to the end quickly enough! An exciting, binge-worthy debut.” Kristin Harmel, bestselling author of THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE and THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE
“Exhilarating and evocative…. Woman on the Edge had me gripped. This book effortlessly ticks all the boxes: wonderful world building, realistic characters and a gripping plot that made me keep flipping the pages. It’s about obsession and madness, motherhood and trauma. This is a debut you’ll want to slip straight to the top of your to-read pile.” Christina McDonald, author of THE NIGHT OLIVIA FELL
“Woman on the Edge begins with a shocking, tragic event and doesn’t stop there. Samantha M. Bailey has written an impressive debut that will keep you reading until the final twist.” Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of MY LOVELY WIFE
“This is the page turner you’ve been looking for! Bailey’s writing is gripping and emotionally resonant at once, and her debut novel, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell and Kimberley Belle, will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final sentence.” Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of THE LAST RESORT
“A captivating thriller of the highest order, Woman on the Edge sizzles with fast and furious plotlines and unrelenting suspense, creating a blissfully crazy ride. Bailey masterfully spins a chilling tale of deceit and duplicity that will have you guessing until the very end. Filled with unexpected twists, tight prose, and penetrating characters, this nerve-wracking novel is unputdownable! A stunning, heart-pounding debut that heralds the arrival of an immensely talented author.” Lori Nelson Spielman, internationally bestselling author of THE LIFE LIST and SWEET FORGIVENESS
“One word: Exhilarating! Woman on the Edge was impossible to put down as the twisty thrills kept on coming–and kept me guessing–leaving me breathless. Fans of Shari Lapena will no doubt gobble this one up in a heartbeat.” Hannah Mary McKinnon, bestselling author of HER SECRET SON and THE NEIGHBORS
“With the narrative acceleration of a runaway train, Woman on the Edge kept me at the edge of my seat for its entire zigzagging ride; I had to remind myself to breathe. Bailey’s confident prose and dark satire (‘Namaste’ indeed!) enrich the ingenious plot, and her authentic characters—whether damaged, yearning, or downright diabolical—make this compulsory reading for fans of suspense. An exceptional debut!” Sonja Yoerg, Washington Post bestselling author of TRUE PLACES
“Every mother’s worst nightmare comes to life in this taut, razor-sharp thriller. Bailey’s genius is in her story’s structure. By alternating the voices of two narrators—a new mother driven to the edge of insanity and a woman crawling out of the emotional abyss of her devastated life—gruesome clues reveal the sinister events that led one to abandon her infant in the arms of the other before ending her life. Crackling with suspense, the blistering pace of Bailey’s story will keep you turning pages late into the night to find out who—if either—is telling the truth.” Josie Brown, bestselling author, THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN series
“Gripping from the first page to the last, Woman on the Edge had me nail-biting and breathless all the way through. But even after you’ve turned the final page, this riveting and deeply felt thriller from debut author Samantha M. Bailey won’t relinquish its hold on you.” Laura Sims, author of LOOKER
“Samantha M. Bailey’s page-turning, up-all-night, expertly tracked WOMAN ON THE EDGE is a twisty tale where paranoia, double takes, reversals, and deceit bend to the awe-inspiring power of a mother’s love. Not to miss!” Julie Valerie, author of HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST and the Village of Primm series
“Readers, clear yourself a block of time for this one, because once you pick up Woman on the Edge, you won’t want to set it down. From its breathless first chapter to its startling conclusion, Bailey is in control, delivering a gripping plot, palpable tension, and characters pushed ever closer to the brink in this unmissable debut.” Paula Treick DeBoard, critically acclaimed author of HERE WE LIE and THE DROWNING GIRLS
“From its first chapter – its first line! – WOMAN ON THE EDGE will grip you like so few novels manage to do. From the moment two women’s lives collide on a subway platform to the shocking finale, you’ll be dizzied by the twists and turns the story takes. Some writers toil their entire career trying to master this kind of adept plotting, but Samantha Bailey nails it in her first effort. Woman on the Edge stayed with me for days after I turned its final pages. A truly thrilling debut.” Amy Stuart, bestselling author of STILL MINE AND STILL WATER
“A knockout premise, break-neck pacing and a twisty plot with two strong women at its core make Woman on the Edge irresistible. I read it in one sitting, absolutely riveted by this propulsive tale of motherhood, loss and betrayal. A must-read for thriller lovers.”
Daniela Petrova, author of HER DAUGHTER’S MOTHER
“A glowing debut that starts with a bang and never lets up, Woman on the Edge weaves the stories of two women, both on the edge, who find themselves at different times the protector of a baby girl. Unrelenting suspense and a taut, propulsive plot add up to a first-rate, heart-pounding mystery. I loved this one!” Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of BURYING THE HONEYSUCKLE GIRLS
“Woman on the Edge opens with an ingenious setup: a woman on the subway hands her baby to a total stranger, then jumps in front of an oncoming train. But were they really strangers, and did she really jump? Suspicions swirl in this propulsive debut, and the truth is revealed in twisty, page-turning increments that culminate in a whopper of an ending. A clever and addictive read from a bright new talent.” Kimberly Belle, USA Today bestselling author of DEAR WIFE