At the beginning of the month of January, I created a reading list to finish three books by an author I dislike, James Patterson. It’s now a little halfway through the month, and I have now just completed “The Midwife Murders”. This is the second book I’ve completed a review on, and if you want to hear my thoughts on “Hush” I’ll link that here for your merriment as well.
My first impressions going into the book were pretty standard across the board. The book cover features a woman walking down a flight of steps. Everything has a grayish-blue tint to it and then in big red letters is the title. I applaud James Patterson on what I know had to take a lot of restraint on his part by making his name not overpower the cover, but in case you need to know this is written by the world’s #1 bestselling author his name is still located in pretty bold font along the top of the book.
Honestly, I like the main character Lucy Ryuan right from the start. She’s a frustrated and tired single mother working as a full-time midwife in Manhattan. She hails from a small hometown in West Virginia which we take a peek at midway through the book. Lucy is a well-rounded character; she has her own challenges she’s slowly overcoming, and not all of them are going to be solved by the end of the book. I believe her background story is what makes her more relatable, and for that my view of her never wavers throughout the book.
All of the respect that I have for Lucy Ryuan is automatically destroyed however when you begin to realize all of the background characters have one purpose in life, and that is to further the plot. Lucy’s son is angelic, her best friend Sabryna is an absolute sweetheart, and her boss is a complete turd. There isn’t much else as far as substance goes beyond what Lucy is involved with, and I feel like this perception is very narrow.
The plot itself is kind of corny, but if you like mystery or detective novels this isn’t something that could necessarily be a dealbreaker to you. Trust me, when you realize who the bad guys are, you’ll get what I mean.
This book took me only a few days in total to read once I sat down to read it. If you’re used to Patterson books then you know the chapters are very short and someone can easily read through them in a few days or so. The novel substance itself wasn’t very difficult to follow what was going on, and the pacing of the book was moderately fast-paced. If you’re just getting back into reading, this probably won’t be a bad book to read since the reader does breeze through it pretty easily.
I give this book a rating of:
3 out of 5 stars.
The book kept my attention, it was engaging. So far, I’d say this book is the better of the ones I’ve read this month.
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