Book Review: “The Midwives” by Duncan Ralston

I read “Salvage” by Duncan Ralston quite some time ago and I’ve been meaning to read more of his stuff, but I just hadn’t got around to it. Then I saw the cover for “The Midwives” doing the rounds on social media and I knew immediately that I HAD TO READ IT.

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I did… and then it was time to see if the story actually matched up to the stellar cover art.

You know how sometimes you’ll read a book and the story will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it? Well, “The Midwives” is one of those. Duncan Ralston has created a cast of characters who I now think of as real people and a storyline that draws you in from the very beginning. In fact, there are two storylines running almost concurrently and they do an excellent job of complementing each other. But, I’ll let you read it to see how this is achieved.

“The Midwives” is extremely well-written. Ralston writes in a way that allows the reader to forget they’re reading anything. The words suck them in effortlessly and then before you know it, you’re trapped in Barrow’s Bay, face-to-face with Mother.

I know we’re still pretty early on in the year, but I’d be willing to say that “The Midwives” will be one of my favourite books of 2020. It’s chilling where it needs to be, but most importantly, it’s original. READ THIS BOOK.

Rating: 5/5

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