Obsession. Intrigue. Revenge. Get ready for one of the most twisty-turny novels you will read this year.
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?
My thanks to Tracy of Compulsive Readers for the tour invitation and to the publisher for the ecopy to review. The Woman on the Ledge was published by Century in ebook, audio and hardback on 4 January 2024 with the paperback following in September 2024.
I imagined from the description that I was in for an intriguing and suspenseful read but I wasn’t prepared to be completely blindsided by where some of the plot strands took me. It’s one of those books that the less you know the better so I will do my best not to spoil anything.
38 year old Tate Kinsella is an out of work struggling actor, taking temporary office work to pay the bills and at her firm’s party on the 25th floor of a London office block she meets a woman about to jump off the building. And that is all I am going to say about the plot.
This story was so darn twisty my head was spinning. I didn’t know who or what to believe. Unreliable characters, deceit and secrets are the order here. With each revelation I was questioning everything and it was impossible not to be suckered into this clever and captivating book with its red herrings and obfuscation. Going back and forth in time, the author did an incredible job with creating such an intricate and complex story with characters that were so divisive and authentic.
With some disturbing background themes, The Woman on the Ledge was utterly gripping and I went through the gamut of emotions including anger and sadness. I thoroughly enjoyed this tense and well paced thriller and wouldn’t hesitate to read more from Ruth Mancini.
RUTH MANCINI is a criminal defence lawyer and author. She continues to practise for a large criminal law firm with offices in London, conducting advocacy in the courts and defending people arrested at police stations. She also reviews trial files across the firm and juggles her legal work with writing crime and psychological fiction.
Ruth lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.