Originally published: 7 July 2022
Author: Holly Seddon
Published by: Orion
Length: 320 pages
Reading dates: 11-17 July 2022
How far would you go to save a perfect stranger?
Maggie is trapped. Dumped on her wedding day, rejected by her family and hounded by a man determined to make her suffer.
Charlotte is desperate. Double-crossed by her only friend and facing total ruin, she will go to any lengths to save what matters.
Two women, one night. A decision that will change everything.
The story begins as Charlotte is driving through country lanes, in the wind and rain. She is desperate – she has just found out the antiques business she recently inherited from her parents is in trouble and her old school friend and colleague Anne is trying to blackmail her. She spots a woman in a wedding dress standing on a bridge looking like she is about to jump and she stops and immediately tries to talk her down.
Maggie is the woman on the bridge – it was her wedding day but her fiancé has called it off after another man implied they’d been having an affair when in fact he’d been stalking Maggie. She is determined she has nothing left to live for but Charlotte convinces her to come down and feeling sorry for the young woman, takes her back to her house to warm up and sleep for the night.
The women form an immediate bond and Maggie confides in Charlotte about the man who has been making her life a misery and how she is frightened he is going to come after her. Charlotte is soon confiding in Maggie about her troubles with the business. Maggie comes up with a plan that Charlotte isn’t happy with but goes along with but things soon spiral out of control and end up with both women desperate and even more reliant on each other.
The Woman on the Bridge is the sort of thriller I love. I never quite knew what to believe and there are lots of mysteries to solve. Charlotte is determined to try and solve the mystery of the discrepancies in the accounts and believes Anne has betrayed her. Meanwhile Maggie isn’t quite what she seems to be and before long pulls both women into a complete nightmare which bonds them together. Many of the characters aren’t that likeable but are manipulated by others which offers an explanation to their behaviours. With so many twists and turns, I almost couldn’t keep up! The Woman on the Bridge was an entertaining, shocking and unpredictable read.
Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the blog tour and to Orion Books for the finished copy. Be sure to check out what these other awesome bloggers are saying!
About the author:
Holly Seddon is the international bestselling author of TRY NOT TO BREATHE, DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES, LOVE WILL TEAR US APART, THE HIT LIST and THE WOMAN ON THE BRIDGE.
After growing up in the English countryside obsessed with music and books, Holly worked in London as a journalist and editor. She now lives in Kent with her family and writes full time.
Alongside fellow author Gillian McAllister, Holly co-hosts the popular Honest Authors Podcast.