Review: Cradle and All by James Patterson

Cradle and All

Series : N/A

Publisher: Arrow (Penguin Random House Australia)

Source : Publisher

Release Date : January 2017


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.

Tash M

I’m usually up for a good mystery thriller that plays with your mind. However Cradle and All  was okay for me. I didn’t find myself intrigued and even curious by the events that was playing out.  It just felt to me an okay read. I have read better thrillers and honestly YA can handle a lot and this seemed tame considering it a Patterson novel ..

Maybe it was because I read the YA edition so I don’t know what exactly was removed from the original story and whether that original version is more gripping then this one. Judging by other reviews I have read after finishing this book seemed like that there is some key information missing . As that  information is the  reason for this story and why  the church was so concerned with the situation and would have been handy to know it.

As  big  plot idea is  an modern adaption of  two  biblical tale with a few changes . It was obvious to me once the story going where this book was heading given that  very early on the main players are revealed.   You have  wonder why all this farce  to protect the key players given that it was supposed to be a good thing  .  Especially given the person leading this investigation .  As there seemed there was a back story that was missing  as well  with  Anne  revolving around this situation and I wished I read the original  story instead of this version to get more of a entertaining read.  As her story was as important as the two young teenagers who the story revolves around.

I was going to say it for older YA readers because of the themes but really any mature YA reader  who can appreciate and understand the themes of this novel.  It tames in comparison to adult thrillers and even ya ones so I don’t expect too much issue with this novel. It just wasn’t entertaining enough for me.


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