ShortBookandScribes #BookReview – The Woman on the Ledge by Ruth Mancini #BlogTour

The Woman on the Ledge by Ruth Mancini is published by Century and available now in hardcover, eBook and audiobook. My thanks to the publishers for the proof copy and to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for the place on the blog tour.

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 a deliciously twisted story with plot points that I would never have seen coming in a million years. It begins with a woman being arrested for murder and then takes us back to show what led to it happening.

The main premise of the story is a woman who falls from a tall building to her death. Did she jump? Was she murdered. The protagonist tells us what happened but make no mistake, this is a story that is as multi-layered as an onion and just when I thought I had a clear handle on it another curveball was thrown my way.

Ruth Mancini has delivered a debut psychological thriller that kept me in its thrall from beginning to end. The plotting is the work of a genius and truly kept me guessing. So clever! There was one aspect that I did find a little hard to believe one person, let alone two, could carry out, but this book is populated by strong women so who knows. If you fancy an original and completely transfixing book that will have you quickly turning the pages to find out what really happened, then The Woman on the Ledge is the book for you. I certainly loved it.

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.

She can be found on Twitter @RuthMancini1 and Facebook at

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