The Woman On The Ledge

The Woman On The Ledge
Genre : Fiction
Published : 4 Jan 2024 - Penguin
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 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?


Just the best kind of plot-twisty structure where the writing itself becomes part of the intrigue.

Sabine Durrant

Razor sharp plotting, great writing and the author's lengthy career as a solicitor makes this a pitch-perfect legal thriller. Highly recommended.

Harriet Tyce

THE WOMAN ON THE LEDGE blew me away like THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN blew me away nearly ten years ago. compulsive, clever and gasp out loud twisty, I absolutely loved it.

Lisa Jewell

Wonderfully twisty, fabulously unexpected and immensely satisfying.

Alex Marwood

Page-turner doesn't cover it!

Nina Pottell

Breath-taking storytelling. Every time you think you know what's happening you realise you're wrong. Stunning.

Jane Fallon

An original, unputdownable thriller with ingenious twists, beautiful writing and intricate plotting. Totally unpredictable. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Loved everything about it. Superb.

Claire Douglas

THE WOMAN ON THE LEDGE by Ruth Mancini is the kind of book that would really benefit from being read in one breathless sitting, ideally on a sunbed, but because of life being a bit ridiculous at times, I read it in about eight-five short sections and it was still the best thriller I’ve read for ages…The best books are the ones you don’t want to put down but equally don’t want to end, and this was definitely one of those. I take my hat off to the author, whilst also asking ‘when is the next one coming, please?

Laura Pearson

A gripping thriller with a great premise and a twist I didn’t see coming.

John Marrs

A twist-a-minute thrill ride!

Lisa Gardner

A thrill-ride of a novel - dark, riveting and twisty.

Lucy Clarke

THE WOMAN ON THE LEDGE is a deeply satisfying read that makes you look at what justice means in a whole new way.

Her Honour Judge Wendy Joseph, author of UNLAWFUL KILLINGS

WOW! I absolutely loved it – THE WOMAN ON THE LEDGE is phenomenal. It’s so perfectly constructed. I really thought I had a grasp on things, but then Ruth totally pulled the rug out from under me. I was blown away by how brilliant it was. It packed a huge emotional punch and is so timely and topical too. It’s an absolute triumph!

Stu Cummings

A deliciously clever book. Jaw dropping.

Andrea Mara

This brilliantly written and unique novel had me turning the pages through the night.

Heidi Perks

Wow, wow, wow… what a superb read! This is a really clever and meaty thriller with such a meticulous plot.

Prima, Book of the Month January 2024

So full of twists and turns it will make your head hurt – in a good way!

Fabulous, The Sun

A tense novel.


A twisty tale that will keep you on your toes.

Lisa Howells, Heat

Her insight as a London defence lawyer shows as this psychological thriller twists and turns and keeps you up all night... Shocks galore!

The Peterborough Telegraph

This twisty mystery is truly original and I didn’t have a clue what was coming!

Good Housekeeping

A dark and compelling legal thriller.

Woman & Home

A twisting tale

The Sun

A clever idea and an even cleverer plot.

The Belfast Telegraph

Intriguing premise.

The Times

Deliciously dark and tense.

YOURS Magazine

Against this meticulously drawn background is a plot so complex it will make your head spin. But when it reaches its climax and justice is well and truly served, you’ll probably want to cheer. If you’re a woman, you certainly will. And that’s all I’m going to give away. Except – when you start to read this intriguing book, set aside a few hours, because you won’t want to put it down.

Lynne Patrick, The Mystery People

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