The Woman on the Ledge – Ruth Mancini

A woman falls to her death from a London bank’s twenty-fifth-floor roof terrace.

You’re arrested for her murder.

You tell the police that you had only met the victim the previous night at your office party. She was threatening to jump from the roof, but you had talked her down.

You’ve got nothing to do with this tragedy. You’re clearly being framed.

So why do the police keep picking holes in your story? Even your lawyer doesn’t seem to believe you.

It soon becomes obvious that you’re keeping secrets.

But who are you trying to protect? And why?

Obsession. Intrigue. Revenge.

A psychological thriller where absolutely nothing is as it seems, THE WOMAN ON THE LEDGE is one of the most twisty-turny novels you will read this year.

Book Info: Length: 398 pages. Publisher: Penguin. Publication Date: 4th January 2024

My Review:

WOW – excuse me whilst I catch my breath and think about how to write a review that gives this book the glowing review it deserves.

I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of The Woman on The Ledge from Ruth Mancini at the Capital Crime Literary Festival in London last September. As I usually come back from these festivals with more books than I can carry, I put it on my TBR pile and promptly forgot about it. It wasn’t until I received a lovely email and a very subtle nudge from the publishers recently that I remembered the book and moved it right up to the top of my teetering piles.

The Woman on the Ledge is a standalone legal/crime thriller. Tate Kinsella is an office temp, working for an international bank in the centre of London. The story begins with Tate being arrested and charged with murder after a woman falls from the roof of the building where Tate works.

Tate tells us her story and gives a new meaning to “unreliable narrator”. It’s clear from the start (about the only thing that is clear) a woman has died in mysterious circumstances. Tate was there. Tate knows more than she is divulging. Tate needs to prove her innocence to the police. She also needs to convince her lawyer, but her story isn’t adding up.

This book is a complete knicker-gripper. It had so many incredible twists and turns that I had a severe case of literary whiplash. As a huge lover of domestic noir, psychological thrillers and crime and mystery stories, I pride myself on my amateur detective skills, but I did NOT have a clue until the final reveal.

The plotting and storyline was seamlessly executed, ensuring the reader was captivated yet confused at the same time.

I’m not going to spoil the book for you by going on and on, but I will say that if you love clever, intricate, and original thrillers that are guaranteed to keep you guessing, gasping out loud and turning those pages, then pop this on your list and thank me later.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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