Thursday 4 January 2024

Review - the Woman on the ledge by Ruth Mancini

The Woman on the Ledge by Ruth Mancini
Release date: 4 January 2024
Back cover blurb: 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 only met the victim the previous night at your office party. She was threatening to jump from the roof, but you 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?

The Woman on the ledge is an original thriller and a definite rollercoaster of a read.

Tate is an actress who needs to perform the role of her life. 

When she meets Helen at a party being held at the high rise building she works in, she is on a ledge at the top of the building, considering jumping, but Tate manages to talk her down.

The following day a woman falls to her death from the very same building and Tate is unsurprised when the Police come knocking at her door. 

When she is arrested for a murder she didn't commit, she knows that all the evidence (albeit circumstantial) points to her. As she is questioned by the Police and they find holes in her story, she worries that she may have failed in her role. But they are forced to release her on bail.

And that's when things start to get even more interesting.

Just when I thought I'd worked out what was about to happen, I was thrown in a new direction. There are so many holes in Tate's story that you wonder why the Police let her go, but then she begins to clarify things to her solicitor and we learn that things are not exactly what they seem.

Combined with flashback from when Tate and her friends were fourteen, we begin to see the bigger picture and gain an understanding in to why certain things that seemed to make no sense at all, now make perfect sense.

I think that's about all I can say without giving too much away, but this is a very very clever book, and I am looking forward to reading more by this author. 

The Woman on the Ledge is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

x Vicky-Leigh x

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