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The Midwife Murders - James Patterson & Richard DiLallo

The Midwife Murders - James Patterson & Richard DiLallo

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Lucy Ryuan is a senior midwife and GUH hospital, she lives in New York as single mum to her son Willie. Babies start going missing from GUH hospital, then a woman is stabbed and it becomes clear that a medical professional must be involved in the missing babies. A police task force moves into the hospital canteen headed by Detective Blumenthal, Lucy feels they are dragging their heels and becomes obsessed with the case, the polices work and finding out exactly what is going. The truth is far more twisted than either of them could ever have imagined....

Crime, both fictional and factual is my favourite genre so I had high hopes for this! I've not read any of James Patterson's work before but it's my understanding that he is a big name in this genres so I was expecting The Midwife Murders to be on par with the likes of Jo Nesbo. It's not that it's an awful novel, it's just that it's not that good.

This starts off fast paced with a baby going missing almost immediately and then the stabbing, we're also introduced to all of the key players in the story; Troy, Tracey-Anne, Katz, Rudi and Blumenthal. Lucy originally comes across a fierce and passionate midwife just wanting to unravel what is going on and to find the missing babies, she is especially fearless when constantly calling out Blumenthal on their lack of speed and progress with the case. Whilst this is initially endearing, it becomes quite tiresome and tedious around halfway through the thriller, it becomes very evident and apparent the Lucy has no knowledge or understanding of police work and in reality would be doing more harm than good. To me it seems pretty obvious that Patterson and DiLallo were wanting the reader to pick up on a lot of sexual tension between the midwife and detective, this would of work if Lucy hadn't fallen in love with every single male character she met! Even the ones she didn't fall in love with she comments on their attractive looks and fantasises about them, it also ruin the strong independent woman vibe to have her constantly infatuated with and sexualising all of the male characters.

This is an easy ready, I found it only took a few hours and required little effort to follow however here we come to my biggest pet peeve of this novel and many others; it's a thriller and the blurb specifically states:

"The truth is far more twisted than either of them could ever have imagined"

Very early on in the novel I was convinced I knew who one of the main culprits was, I hoped I was wrong as I didn't want the novel to be that predictable but I was absolutely correct. There was a millisecond where I doubted myself and the predictability but unfortunately it was one of those "whodunnit" where you know exactly who did it at the very beginning. The ending was meant to be a big climactic showdown but unfortunately it wasn't that climactic because it was all text-book nineties cop show style; you knew exactly who was going to be in the building when Lucy walked in, you knew exactly what Troy was going to do and who was going to show up.

My other issue was that the childbirth scenes were quite clearly wrote (or if not, I don't know who there sources were) without that much input from a women; I haven't heard of many births taking two seconds, I also haven't heard many be referred to as popping like a champagne cork. I felt like this was over-descriptive in all of the wrong places and under descriptive in all of the places that needed a bit more setting and scene.

I didn't outright hate the novel, I didn't love it either. If it wasn't for the predictability factor I would have likely rated it as three, whilst there's issues it was an easy enough read but I just can't get over the predictability.

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