A few weeks ago, our friends over at Harper Collins sent us an advanced copy of The Ninth Day, by Jamie Freveletti, available to the public today (look for it at hpbmarketplace.com!) The Ninth Day is the third book in a series about Emma Caldridge — Running from the Devil is the first and Running Dark is the second.
To be quite honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the small mass market paperback, but once I started this book, I seriously couldn’t put it down.
The novel starts off with Emma Caldridge, a biochemist looking for pharmaceutical plants in Arizona, running from but ultimately held captive by drug merchants in Mexico. After discovering that Emma knows about plants, the drug merchants demand that she determines which disease is making both their marijuana plants and the humans around them sick. After a person starts to show symptoms, they have just nine days before dying a horrible death. If Emma does not find the cure, she will be fed to the armadillos.
I found this book to be a fascinating read. It is full of details and bits of knowledge about plants and diseases. I felt like I was learning as I was reading, and the information was presented in such a way that it made sense. However, The Ninth Day is not for a squeamish reader, as there are many descriptions of the horrible things this mystery disease does to the body, along with lots of violence.
This would be the perfect book to read while hanging out by the pool or during a flight. While this book is the third in a series, I do not feel it is necessary to read them in order. The Ninth Day has enough action to capture your attention and keep it until the very last page.
So, what’s your favorite thriller? Any other Freveletti books you love?
— Kristen B.