Samantha M. Bailey is a Toronto-based novelist, journalist, and freelance editor. Her work has appeared in NOW Magazine, The Village Post, and Oxford University Press, among other publications. She was a writer-in-residence for Kobo Writing Life at BookExpo America 2013. She is the co-founder of BookBuzz, a promotional and interactive author-reader event held in New York City and Toronto. Woman on the Edge is her debut novel. Connect with her on Twitter @SBaileyBooks and on her website at SamanthaStrohBailey.com.
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S L McInnis
"Absolutely sensational! With a stunning blend of brilliant psychological suspense and hard-hitting police procedural, this explosive thriller has a cast of vivid, well-developed characters, a gripping, taut plot with twists in every chapter, perfectly placed clues, and a shocking, fully satisfying ending. It's one of the best thrillers I've read this year!"
He Started It (2020)
"Samantha Downing is an absolute genius at creating twisted characters you're desperate to follow...A psychological thriller like none other, this addictive read is impossible to put down."
Sister Dear (2020)
Hannah Mary McKinnon
"Stunningly layered and brilliantly written...Sister Dear captures the essence of twisted sisters. A slow-burn domestic suspense, with complex, remarkable characters, that hurtles to a shocking, fiery climax you won't see coming."
Stories We Never Told (2020)
"Stories We Never Told is a superb, slow-burn suspense that brilliantly ratchets up the tension and character development notch by notch, layer by layer, culminating in a chilling, emotional ending. Sonja Yoerg is a master at creating characters you fall into, and her writing is stunning. A must read!"
Sorry I Missed You (2020)
"Quirky, original, hilarious, and poignant, Sorry I Missed You is an unforgettable read with a knockout premise. With ghosts from their pasts, and perhaps real ones in their present, four strangers connect through one rental unit and their combined searches for someone who has disappeared from each of their lives. Inspiring and heartwarming, this novel is an absolute must-read!"
The Swap (2020)
"Gripping from the first line, The Swap is a wickedly delicious, addictive, utterly compelling read about obsession, toxic relationships, and dangerous secrets. I devoured every dark, twisted word until the last explosive scene. An absolute must-read, this suspense will shock and rivet readers through each masterful page."
Hurry Home (2020)
"Roz Nay's remarkable storytelling is only matched by her astonishing ability to make readers care deeply about her flawed, very real characters...Captivating and brilliant twists and turns, expert plotting and pacing, and an emotional, incredibly satisfying ending, it's a must-read page turner."
The Perfect Marriage (2020)
"With a tantalizing premise and twists at every turn, The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose is a sizzling, masterful debut about betrayal and justice. Expertly plotted with gripping characters who are all suspects, this brilliant suspense is a must-read for any thriller lover."
The First to Lie (2020)
Hank Phillippi Ryan
"With flawless pacing and impeccable character development, Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers yet another powerful, relevant story of deceit, betrayal, and the extent to which someone will go to right the wrongs they have suffered. The First to Lie is a magnificent, intricately plotted thriller that will have you questioning everyone’s motives until the stunning ending."
Still Here (2020)
(Clare and Malcolm, book 3)
"A powerful, atmospheric, perfectly plotted thriller. . . . An outstanding read."
For the Best (2020)
"In her sophomore novel, For the Best, Vanessa Lillie proves once again she is a master of the final twist. With an expert hand, Lillie creates a fascinating, gripping, thought-provoking thriller that weaves past trauma and present-day consequences for a protagonist accused of her beloved colleague’s murder. Complex, edgy, and smart, For the Best reveals secrets page after page, leading to a shocking ending you won’t see coming."
Three Single Wives (2020)
"Fun, quirky, and clever, Three Single Wives is a darkly comedic mystery with snappy dialogue, sharp wit, and wonderful twists and turns that will keep readers hooked from the first line to the last. Full of glamour and intrigue, it's an addictive story you won't want to miss."
What You Don't Know (2020)
"It was pure joy to read and edit What You Don't Know . . . Masterful and gripping, this is a suspense novel that any thriller lover will devour."
They Never Learn (2020)
"They Never Learn by Layne Fargo is a fierce, feminist suspense that gives power to the powerless and takes vigilante justice to a whole new, brilliant level. Fargo’s protagonist is a woman hell-bent on righting the wrongs done to women, and I cheered her on through every raw, gripping word. My heart pounded, and like the main character, I was filled with rage and ultimately completely satisfied with each of her actions. Spectacular and propulsive, this is a powerhouse of a novel."
The Lady Upstairs (2020)
"An astonishing and brilliant debut. A twisty, perfectly plotted, feminist crime noir that juxtaposes the glittering LA social scene with its gritty underbelly, this thriller sizzles with tension. Sutton is a sensational writer, with one of the most intriguing protagonists I've ever come across. She is an author everyone will be talking about."
Loss Lake (2020)
"Amber Cowie is a gifted storyteller. In Loss Lake, she creates a stunning suspense about dangerous small-town secrets that threaten the lives of its residents, and its latest newcomer. Sentence by gorgeous sentence, Cowie reveals an intricately woven, powerful plot, unveiling the depths of the characters and their lies. A magnificent read crackling with tension."
The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany (2020)
Lori Nelson Spielman
"In The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, Lori Nelson Spielman has created a stunning, heartwarming, multi-generational story of family secrets and self-discovery, spanning the globe from New York to Italy. Emilia, Poppy, and Lucy's deeply emotional, life-changing, and life-affirming journeys instantly captured my heart, broke it then put it back together. Spielman will make you believe everything you want to be is possible."
Do No Harm (2021)
"With her trademark emotionally gripping, outstanding writing, Christina McDonald tackles the moral and ethical lines crossed by a doctor desperate to save her child. A stunning gut-punch of a suspense novel, Do No Harm expertly merges the dangers of the opioid crisis with a mother's love, leaving readers gasping for more. A breathtaking read."
Safe and Sound (2021)
"In this taut, tantalizing suspense, Philippa East constructs a seamless plot with a breathless pace. Safe and Sound is gripping, spellbinding, and completely addictive. East is a stunning, must-read voice in the thriller genre."
Just One Look (2021)
"Gripping, darkly funny, and razor-sharp . . . a brilliant suspense debut, with a multifaceted, sympathetic heroine to root for (no matter how devious she may seem), and a perfectly paced sinister plotline. I could not tear my eyes away for a second."
"Stapley’s gorgeous writing cuts to the bone, and her grifter heroine, both vulnerable and fierce, is driven by a genius premise. With equally compelling alternate timelines, Stapley takes readers on a gripping, heart-wrenching journey of resilience, hope, and redemption. A stunning read!"
The Hunting Wives (2021)
"Wickedly dark, juicy, and addictive, The Hunting Wives is written as if the characters from Big Little Lies and Desperate Housewives moved into the same upscale, twisted neighborhood. A gripping, compulsive read, it's masterful suspense filled with wealth, power, and deadly secrets that will make your jaw drop. An absolute must-read!"
Six Weeks to Live (2021)
"In Six Weeks to Live, her eleventh novel, Catherine McKenzie masterfully spins an exceptional story that is darkly funny, poignant, and grippingly suspensful. A fresh take on the who-done-it, this addictive novel will both tug at your heart strings and make you frantically flip the pages to unlock the key to the mystery. A mesmerizing read!"
Bath Haus (2021)
P J Vernon
"Bath Haus is an electrifying, addictive, and terrifying thriller that lodged my heart in my throat from the first line. The gorgeous writing and masterful, enthralling plot dug into my skin, not letting go until the explosive ending. P. J. Vernon is a spectacular talent with a brilliant voice that will hypnotize you."
Confess to Me (2021)
"Step by masterful step, Sharon Doering takes readers on a creepy, mind-bending journey through past trauma and present secrets. She skillfully creates characters whose darkest thoughts mirror our own, and every word is woven with sinister foreboding. Genius twists and winding paths lead to a shocking ending you won't see coming. A chilling read!"
"Set within an upscale neighborhood brimming with dark secrets, this captivating thriller thrums with delicious foreboding on every page. I was entranced by the gifted storytelling and magnetic characters, whose twisted paths converge in a shocking, explosive climax. Cul-de-sac proves once again that Joy Fielding is an ingenious master of domestic suspense."
The Family Plot (2021)
"The Family Plot has one of the most original, twisted, genius storylines I've ever read. Megan Collins has created an astonishing, creepy suspense about escaping the bonds and betrayals of family. It's brilliant and bone-chilling, and you won't be able to look away for a second."
Nanny Needed (2021)
"Wild, unpredictable, and utterly absorbing, Nanny Needed is a gasp-out-loud thriller that will make your head spin."
The Pilot's Daughter (2021)
"Meredith Jaeger's two previous novels sparked my love affair with historical fiction. The Pilot's Daughter once again showcases her remarkable talent in creating stunning worlds that are so enticing you'll never want to leave. Blending fact and fiction and alternating timelines between the glittering backdrop of the Ziegfeld Follies and the devastating reality of those left behind in World War II, The Pilot's Daughter takes us on an enthralling journey of two women determined to live by their own rules despite the strict societal expectations placed on them. Expertly written with compelling characters and an intriguing mystery begging for answers, this luminous, captivating story inspires, entertains, and completely satisfies."
They Can't Take Your Name (2021)
"A gripping, powerful, moving story of hope and determination, and the unwavering strength to right a wrongful conviction before it's too late. Robert Justice's remarkably fluid, lyrical writing is unflinching in its exposure of hard-hitting truths, life after loss, and racial injustice, told through the compelling stories of three interconnected characters. Not only will you be transfixed by this book, but reading it will change you."
The Maid (2022)
"It took only a few lines for me to fall hopelessly in love with hotel maid Molly Gray. Being in Molly's mind is like eating ice cream on a hot summer day: delicious and refreshing."
This Might Hurt (2022)
"A genius, ripped-from-the-headlines masterpiece with a cult at its center. Inventive, disturbing, and tense, This Might Hurt hypnotizes the reader, until we realize, too late, what is truly happening. The very definition of suspense, this extraordinary novel will steal your breath away."
Woman on Fire (2022)
"Woman on Fire is an exquisite, fascinating read that hooks you with its intensity and captures your heart with emotional depth. A brilliant, seamless tale of art, atrocity, love, family, and courage, this stunning novel, both with the words and the paintings described on the pages, comes alive so vividly it's as if you are right there, seeing every remarkable moment with your own eyes. A truly astonishing novel that builds tension sentence by gorgeous sentence then crescendos to a scorching, utterly satisfying ending."
Blood Will Tell (2022)
"Original, intricate, and very clever, Blood Will Tell is a captivating thriller about the powerful bonds of family. Heather Chavez expertly weaves past and present, unfolding the mystery clue by clue, with an adrenaline-fused, terrifying race to the shocking end. The gorgeous writing, fantastic pacing, and two extremely compelling protagonists will keep you glued to every page."
The Darkness in the Light (2022)
"A gripping, heartbreaking, and enthralling suspense so vividly immersive that I was hooked from the first page. With crisp, powerful writing and two extremely compelling voices, Kalla draws you in to the remote, intriguing world of the Arctic and the tragic, inexplicable suicide clusters that have ravaged a small, tight-knit town. Kalla is a clever master of surprise, dropping subtle clues and expertly changing course, so you can't possibly look away until the mystery is solved. It's an absolute must-read from a remarkable talent."
Dear Seraphina (2022)
"In this terrifying, original, unpredictable novella, Dear Seraphina, Avery Bishop accomplishes an incredible feat: hooking the reader through letters, commanding attention, then delivering shocks and twists so powerful they are staggering. I was addicted to this creative, brilliant story that completely flips the script. It will leave you breathless."
A Kiss After Dying (2022)
Ashok K Banker
"A pulse-racing thriller with jaw-dropping twists and turns, A Kiss After Dying is completely unique from anything else I've read. The action-packed pace and addictive, original rhythm keeps readers on their toes and you won't be able to look away from the shrewd, fascinating characters. This is a sharp, shocking novel I'll never forget."
"An outstanding book with some of the most beautiful lines I've ever read."
The Life She Had (2022)
K L Armstrong
"K.L Armstrong's The Life She Had is an alluring, original suspense about the secrets we keep to protect ourselves. With wickedly clever twists, this relentlessly tense page-turner will spin your mind as you follow the haunting paths to the truth."
The Things We Do in the Dark (2022)
"One of the best writers in the genre, Jennifer Hillier is synonymous with the deeply thought-provoking, raw, twisty thriller. With exceptionally structured shifting timelines, Hillier takes suspense to the next level, immediately drawing the reader into the dark world of an incredibly layered, mesmerizing heroine. Stunningly propulsive, brilliantly written, and irresistibly addictive, this is hands-down one of the most powerful books I've ever read."
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