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.
As someone who works at a bookstore, I often find myself in a position to give book recommendations in various genres. As a result, I’ve been trying to branch out and read books by popular authors as well as reading books that I wouldn’t otherwise read. While Cradle and All is certainly not among the typical young adult books that I usually read, I was drawn to this story and I thought it would be the perfect first-look into the vast array of books by James Patterson.
If I had to choose one word to describe this book, it would be “gripping”. Cradle and All is a page-turning masterpiece! I found Patterson’s writing style to be extremely entrancing and I had a hard time putting this book down to go to sleep or go to work. In short: this was a great introduction to James Patterson’s works.
While I am not an overly religious person, the religious presence in this book was very intriguing to me. The plot line of the story can only be described as a rapid-fire and bizarre. I mean, how could a story about two pregnant virgins NOT be captivating?
With that being said, my one major critique of this book is the lack of character development. While I felt that Patterson did a great job of developing Anne’s character as well as Kathleen, I felt like I didn’t really get to know the other characters very well. I found this to be a bit confusing as I read through certain chapters because I would have to take a moment and pause to remember who a character was or what role they had in the story.
On the other hand, I really enjoyed how this novel has been updated from previous editions to include references to popular culture figures such as Adele as well as the characters’ use of Twitter. While I can’t compare this book to the previous editions of the story because this is the only version I have read, I still appreciated these updates and I think these small changes could actually attract the interest of a younger demographic of readers who might be put off by older literature. Sometimes it really is the small details that count!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the only disappointment came when I was forced to put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who has not yet delved into the wonderful world of James Patterson and I can’t wait to explore his other work! Definitely a must-read!
Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest reader review. The opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.