The Midwife Murders by James Patterson is here. It is also co-written by Richard DiLallo. This a psychological thriller that you will not be able to put down.
It centers around Lucy Ryuan. She is a midwife who works at Gramatan University Hospital, and being a midwife is her life. She has a son, Willie, but she struggles to make enough time for him, leaving him in the care of her neighbor. While at work, on Lucy’s watch, an infant gets abducted. The hospital wants to keep it under wraps, but when a pregnant woman gets found in brutal condition with her infant taken from the womb, things start to spiral.
NYPD Detective Blumenthal comes onto the scene with his team, and they overtake part of the hospital for the investigation. No one knows what happened to the babies or if they are alive. The parents are worried, the hospital is worried, and the Detective is making no headway, well, according to Lucy. She decides that she will find the infants and who is abducting them since the police aren’t working fast enough.
She consults with Dr. Rudra Sarkar. A mentor to her in the hospital, but he has no answers either. Lucy starts digging and finds out more secrets than she realized could be possible. One thing she knows is no one is safe, not even her. The closer she gets to who is behind the abduction of infants—the more dangerous it gets for everyone around her.
Will Detective Blumenthal warm up to the idea of having a midwife’s help, or will he put his foot down? One thing about Lucy is she doesn’t give up. She wants to get to the bottom of who is behind these horrible crimes and won’t stop until she does.
The Midwife Murders was another fast-paced read. I thought it was something different…bringing the aspect of a midwife into the story and enjoyed that storyline. Even though it is an intricate storyline that needs to be told correctly, I wasn’t overwhelmed with information while reading it. It felt very authentic and apart of the character of Lucy. The details made the story progress and connected me with Lucy. Speaking of Lucy, I did enjoy her as a character. She was strong and wasn’t willing to give up which I enjoyed.
I did find some cliches throughout the book and didn’t find it as strong of a Patterson mystery as say his Cross series. However, I don’t think that sort of mystery/crime solving would have suited this storyline.
Overall, I recommend picking up your copy of The Midwife Murders by James Patterson.