“Church might be the only refuge left.” ~Cradle and All
Cradle and All by James Patterson: 4/5 Stars
In Boston, a young woman finds herself pregnant—even though she is still a virgin. In Ireland, another young woman discovers she is in the same impossible condition. And in cities all around the world, medical authorities are overwhelmed by epidemics, droughts, famines, floods, and worse. It all feels like a sign that something awful is coming. Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private investigator, is hired by the Archdiocese of Boston to investigate the immaculate conceptions. Even as she comes to care about and trust the young women, she realizes that both are in great danger. Terrifying forces of light and darkness are gathering. Stepping into uncharted territory where the unknown is just the beginning, Anne must discover the truth—to save the young women, to save herself, and to protect the future of all mankind. Cradle and All probes our most deeply held fears and hopes in a sizzlingly fast-paced and chilling story. This is James Patterson’s most brilliant suspense novel ever, written with all the extraordinary drama and overwhelming emotion that have made him a #1 bestselling writer all over the world.
Cradle and All is based on an earlier James Patterson novel, Virgin, and includes scenes and characters from that book.”
*This review may contain some spoilers*
I’m not one to read a lot of thriller or horror books, despite loving both thriller and horror things. however, I saw this book floating around Bookstagram a little while ago and I saw it in the store and decided to go ahead and buy it. After reading it I understand all the hype around this book. It was amazing! I read some previous reviews on Goodreads and saw some mixed feelings on this book….I know every book has mixed reviews. Anyway, I saw people saying the characters were underdeveloped and the story was bad or even the writing. I can understand the underdeveloped characters, but other than that I didn’t really have any problems with this book.
In the beginning this book was a tad confusing, but I loved how mysterious this book was all the way until the end. I loved the contrast between good and evil seen throughout the whole novel. There are two virgin girls and one is either carrying the next Savior or the Devil. Throughout the whole novel I kept guessing and second guessing myself wondering who was carrying which baby. Don’t even get me started on the twist at the end! (Don’t worry I’ll get into that later 😉 ).
So, this book has been rewritten a few times and I read that the most recent version, which is what I read, is aimed more towards young adult readers. If you’re not into YA books then I wouldn’t suggest this book. That being said, I don’t think most of his books are YA. However, I don’t know much about James Patterson and his books besides that their thrillers. I know, shameful!
Let’s talk about some of the characters! Let’s start with Kathleen. Kathleen is a teenage girl who is a virgin that finds herself mysteriously pregnant. In the beginning of the book you follow her as she heads to the abortion clinic. However, she doesn’t seem alone as something evil seems to be following her. The abortion clinic seems almost deserted and Kathleen decides to take a look around. She finds her doctor “hanging from a hook high on the wall”. Now, something that did bother me was that this scene was never really answered. You never find out if the doctor was murdered or if something paranormal happened. I guess that adds to the mysterious aspect of the book though. Anyway, after her encounter with the doctor a “voice” tells Kathleen to kill herself and she tried, but obviously doesn’t succeed because then there would be no story. Throughout the novel Kathleen seems to be keeping a secret which we don’t find out till the end. I’m just gonna go ahead and say that the secret is she gets pregnant by some other character, but she didn’t have sex with him and no she wasn’t raped. She was sexually assaulted though. When I found that out I was completely shocked because that means someone else was carrying the Savior or Devil.
Colleen is the other virgin girl and I always kind of assumed that she was carrying the Devil, because she was really religious and prayed a lot so I just kinda guessed that she would be carrying the opposite of her which is the Devil. I was right, but the book still made me question if it was her or Kathleen carrying the Devil mainly because there was such an evil presence around Kathleen throughout the novel. Colleen wasn’t mentioned too much in the book which is kind of sad. The book revolved mainly around Kathleen and Anne.
Anne was the investigator who was supposed to figure out if Kathleen was making everything up or if she was actually telling the truth. I really liked Anne because I liked how she treated Kathleen and she was a little bit of a badass. She really cared about her job and protecting Kathleen. However, that’s about as much as you get to know about Anne besides her past. In her past she was a nun and she fell in love with a priest but she left that life behind and moved on. She graduated Harvard and decided to be an investigator.
As I said before Colleen ended up being the one carrying the Devil and Kathleen was sexually assaulted so who was carrying the Savior? If you haven’t guessed yet I’m gonna go ahead and tell you it’s Anne who is the one carrying the Savior. This really threw me through a loop because I wasn’t expecting it, but I was pretty glad because I felt she was well suited. I just felt like after everything she had to experience that she was the best one to take care of the next savior. Also, it was a pleasant surprise to see that the next savior was a baby girl. I just thought it was different and pretty cool. The way this ends makes me want a second book, but as far as I’m concerned I don’t think there will be a second book.
Towards the end of the novel one of the priests takes the Devil and jumps off a cliff with it. Sadly, that wasn’t enough to kill the monster and he has been stalking the Savior his whole life. That’s how the novel ends. Pretty open for there to be another book, like I said, but I don’t see it happening. Unless there’s already a second one that I don’t know about.
I liked the story, I liked the characters, and I didn’t see a problem with the writing. So, I recommend this if you like thrillers and YA books. Also, if you’re a James Patterson fan then for sure give this book a try! I hope y’all enjoyed my review! Comment below if you have any questions or if you’ve read this book too!