The Ninth Month, James Patterson

The Ninth Month opening lines: She is nervous. She is late. She is pregnant. And at the moment she is trying to run – bobbing and weaving – through the rush-hour crowds in Times Square.

My blurb:

Betsey is worried about Emily who has disappeared without a trace. Emily had the gut instinct that someone was following her. And Betsey is going to see her Detective friend, Joel Tierney to report her missing. But Joel doesn’t seem to be following the clues and at just about nine months’ pregnant, Betsey is doing all the work. Is someone really threatening Emily, or has she just fallen off the radar and gone back to her usual bad habits?

The Ninth Month
One woman is about to become the victim of her own success.
On the surface Emily Atkinson has it all. A successful job, a luxury apartment in New York City and a glamorous life. But then she lands in the hospital with a double diagnosis.
She parties too much… and she’s pregnant.
Her nurse and new friend, Betsey, helps Emily recuperate and rediscover morning runs in the park and quiet nights at home.
But as a series of women go missing, Emily’s pregnancy becomes decidedly high-risk…
Will she live to see it through?
My verdict:

I could not put the book down at the end, wanting to know what had happened to Emily. The book swings between the past and the present and does not set itself up for the ending, which arrives too abruptly.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9781529159813
Format Paperback
Published September 2022
Read an extract of  The Ninth Month:

“SHE IS NERVOUS. SHE IS LATE. She is pregnant. And at the moment she is trying to run — bobbing and weaving — through the rush-hour crowds in Times Square. Betsey Brown prides herself on her intelligence and efficiency,
but both those talents seem to have left her in the lurch. Betsey, a top-notch surgical nurse at Renwick Hospital, has just finished six hours assisting at a liver transplant procedure. Just when she thought that the operation was about to wrap, just when she thought that she’d be able to make her appointment with NYPD Detective Joel Tierney, a problem shot up, literally shot up: more

Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.

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