Cradle and All

Cradle and All

by James Patterson

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Two teenage girls claim that they pregnant—and virgins. One is carrying the child of Christ... the other the son of Satan.

In Boston, seventeen-year-old Kathleen is pregnant—but she swears she's a virgin. In Ireland, another teenage girl, Colleen, discovers she is in the same impossible condition. Cities all around the world are suddenly overwhelmed by epidemics, droughts, famines, floods, and worse.

As terrifying forces of light and darkness begin to gather, Kathleen and Colleen find themselves at the center of the final battle for the very soul of humanity. Each of the girls must convince a young detective that she is the true mother of God... and that the other is carrying the devil.

The stakes couldn't be higher in this page-turning thriller. You won't be able to put it down until the final reveal: which baby is the miracle—and which the monster?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316690614
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 874,738
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Confessions of a Murder Suspect and the Maximum Ride series, and his books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, Patterson created a children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, "PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK." He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and funds over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Chapter One


SUNDOWN HAD BLOODIED THE HORIZON over the uneven rooftops of South Boston. Birds were perched on every roof and seemed to be watching the girl walking slowly below.

Kathleen Beavier made her way down a shadowy side street that was as alien to her as the faraway surface of the moon. Actually, she was here in Southie because it was so frozen, so obscure to her. She had on a fatigue jacket, long patterned skirt, and black combat-style boots — the urban streetwear look. The boots rubbed raw circles into her heels, but she welcomed the pain. It was a distraction from the unthinkable thing she had come to do.

This is so spooky, so unreal, so impossible, she thought.

The sixteen-year-old girl paused to catch her breath at the sparsely trafficked intersection of Dorchester and Broadway. She didn't look as if she belonged here. She was too preppy, maybe too pretty. That was her plan, though. She'd never bump into anyone she knew in South Boston.

With badly shaking hands, she pushed her gold wire-rimmed glasses back into her blond hair. She'd washed it earlier with Aveda shampoo and rinsed it with conditioner. It seemed so absurd and ridiculous to have worried about how her damn hair would look.

She squeezed her eyes shut and uttered a long, hopeless cry of confusion and despair.

Kathleen finally forced open her eyes. She blinked into the slashing red rays of the setting sun. Then she scanned her Rolex Lady Datejust wristwatch for the millionth time in the past hour.

God, no. It was already past six. She was late for her doctor's appointment.

Shepushed forward into the ruins of Southie. Ahern's funeral parlor loomed in her peripheral vision, then slipped away. She hurried past the crumbling St. Augustine's parish church, past hole-in-the-wall bars, a boarded-up strip of two-storied row houses, a street person peeing against a wall covered with graffiti. She thought of an old rock song, "Aqualung," by Jethro Tull.

She whipped herself forward, as she often did to protect herself against the New England cold. Tears ran from her eyes and dribbled down over her chin.

Hurry, hurry. You have to do this terrible thing. You've come this far.

It was already twenty after the hour when she finally turned the corner onto West Broadway. She instantly recognized the gray brick building wedged in between a twenty-four-hour Laundromat and a pawnshop.

This is the place. This ...hellhole.

The walls were smeared with lipstick-red and black graffiti:

Abortion = Murder. Abortion is the Unforgivable Sin. There was a glass door and beside it a tarnished brass plaque: WOMEN'S MEDICAL CENTER, it read.

Sorrow washed over her and she felt faint. She didn't want to go through with it. She wasn't sure that she could. It was all terribly, horribly unfair.

Kathleen pressed her hand to the doorplate. The door opened into a reassuring reception room. Pastel-colored plastic chairs ringed the perimeter. Posters of sweet-faced mothers and chubby babies hung on the walls. Best of all, no one was here at this late hour.

Kathleen took a clipboard left out on a countertop. A sign instructed her to fill out the form as best she could.

Ensconced in a baby blue chair, she printed her medical history in block letters. Her hands were shaking harder now. Her foot, trapped in her trendy combat boot, wouldn't stop tapping.

Kathleen probed her memory for something, anything, that would make sense of this. Nothing did! This can't be happening to me! I shouldn't be in the Women's Medical Center.

She had made out with boys, but damn it, damn it, damn it, she knew the difference between kissing and . . . fucking.

She'd never gone all the way with anyone. Never even wanted to. She was too old-fashioned about sex — or maybe just a prude, or maybe just a good girl — but she hadn't done anything wrong. She'd never been touched down there by a boy.

Wouldn't she know it if she had? Of course she would.

So how could she be pregnant?

She couldn't. It wasn't physically possible. She was a good kid, the best. Everybody's friend at school.

Kathleen Beavier was a virgin. She'd never had sexual intercourse.

But she was pregnant.

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Cradle and All 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 199 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So bad I have no words to describe it
BonniesMom More than 1 year ago
This book will grab your attention from the 1st page to the end. It has everything that a reader wants--mystery(of course!), suspense, wonderful characters and a surprise ending. A must read for Patterson fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Patterson book.......Im hooked! Took only 2 days to read this book. I could not put it down. Im getting ready to purchase another.
Maikerly Reyes More than 1 year ago
This book is SO good that it creeped me out so much tht i couldnt sleep at night. One if my fave books
Calebsmumma More than 1 year ago
This book was smooth and quick, i read it in like two days however this is not one of my favorite Patterson books. If you like to read about religion, the evil spirit and God you will like this read. Not sure it was one of my interest because i already have a lot of questions about religion. But if you want a quick and suspenful read this book will deliver!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Mr. Pattersons' books and this book is my new favorite, I could not stop reading! It absolutely delivered everything it promised, suspense, chills, and a shocking ending. I loved it and I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great read with lots of thrills. 'Cradle and All' will have the tiny hairs on the back of your neck standing at attention!
thorswitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back in the 80's, I read the original version of this book, "[book: Virgin]" (I've got a short review of that version on it's page, if you're interested.) It was a fun little story and really kept me guessing.

"Cradle and All" is almost like a totally different book, written on the same basic theme. Essentially, both books tell the story of two girls who are virgins, but have inexplicably become pregnant. Of course, the Roman Catholic Church is involved, sending priests to investigate and to see if they can determine if one of them actually is carrying the new Messiah.

"Cradle and All" struck me as being a lot more developed than "Virgin" was, and there are a number of changes from the original - including, if I'm remembering correctly, an interesting little twist on the ending. Patterson does a great job giving each character a distinct voice, and most of the non-supernatural events play out in a convincing way - especially the media circus!

The only letdown for me was that, especially with some of the newer material (and especially with the twist at the end,) there are some questions that are left uncomfortably open. I would have loved to have found out more about what happens to the girls, and there are some supernatural events that - during the main part of the story seem to fit in quite well, but once I got to the end, I felt that some of them ended up not making a lot of sense.

Those letdowns aside (and they're not huge letdowns) the book was really good and kept me interested enough for me to keep coming back to it. As I said in my review of the original "Virgin," it's not high art, and it's not meant to be. It's your summer-blockbuster suspense flick where you check your logic at the door and enjoy the ride.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a theory that to children would be have emaculant conceptions. One would be pregnant with the anti christ the other would be the son of god. This is a book of many intertwining relationships, and the mass kaos that would be started if this were to actually happen. This book was very interesting and also included a wild twist that the end.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, but not great.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Honestly, he needs to stick with crime. He really does. It wasn't just the premise of this book that I found inane but I found his writing in this piece to be fairly lacklustre. I didn't identify with any of the characters and found his conclusion to be quite preposterous.I love James Patterson and this book won't change that thought, but I think I'll steer clear of his non-crime books from now on.
sexysuzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this one as i do most of j p books
sloepoque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
James Patterson knows how to write page turners; now if he'd just learn how to write them better he might be onto something. In this mess of a novel, two young girls are both pregnant, and both girls claim to be virgins. One of them bears the Child of God, and one of them will deliver the Child of Satan. It almost drives the characters in this book crazy to know which woman will deliver which child. By the end, I really didn't care so much.
Jadesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For some reason, this is the scariest James Patterson book that I have ever read. It's not that there is a whole lot of boggie man feel to this one, but after I finished reading this one, I was hoping that he would not write a sequil to this storyline. It really freaked me out the way the demon child with multiple eyes was watching from a creepy!
JuliaEllen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My absolute favorite James Patterson novel.
ANovelMenagerie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The ReviewI¿ve loved James Patterson FOREVER. He¿s just one of those authors whose books I sink into and soar through. Perfect for poolside or avoiding the kids, Patterson always delivers up a great story. I was recently reviewing 8th Confession at a soccer game and a soccer dad mentioned that he and his wife read the entire Woman¿s Murder Club series. As we chatted, I mentioned that I really liked The Lake House and Suzanne¿s Diary for Nicholas. There are several of his classics that I actually haven¿t read and will keep my eye out for at a used book sale. Speaking of used book sales¿ I picked up 3 of his books (hardcover) for $3 each.. SCORE! But, I should read Along Came a Spider and Kiss The Girls and I don¿t have those yet. I¿m also wondering if the Maximum Ride series is good¿ if you¿ve read them let me know in a comment below.So, soccer dad actually brought me the book to read last weekend. Cool! After reading a very long and detailed book, I was looking forward to a little PATTERSON ESCAPE! And, that¿s exactly what I got. This is a great story of two virgin births, one girl giving birth to our savior and the other the child of Satan himself (scary). Patterson keeps you guessing until the bitter end as to which girl will bring the world God¿s son. Knowing that I can¿t giveaway too many of the details of a mystery in a review, I am just putting this question out there to James Patterson fans who have read more of his works than I¿ is there a sequel to this book? Patterson leaves that possibility at the end and I¿m dying to read on if there is one! This book was a #1 Bestseller and I can see why! On Sher¿s ¿Out of Ten Scale:¿Like Nicholas Sparks and Lisa See, I just love anything that James Patterson writes. I doubt that I¿ll ever find one of his books that I don¿t like. I¿m just a fan, plain and simple. For the genre Fiction:Mystery, I am going to rate this book an 8 OUT OF 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age group is wrong for this book... Not for early teens. Not a typical Patterson but not a bad read
opinion8dsngr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cheap, quick, read about two pregnant virgins and a bunch of panicing clergy. It does keep you guessing for quite a while. Patterson does not succeed in writing like a woman as much as he does in some of his other work (i.e. When the Wind Blows), there are a couple of rather big plot holes, and it requires suspension of belief to the point of difficulty. But, it is an interesting romp through one author's interpretation of sex and religon-based fiction.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very quick read. A bit far fetched plot, but a suprise ending.
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You like her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lays in his bed wearing boxers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, kept my attention riveted. Surprise ending you don't see coming. Would be great if the author made a second book out of this one.
PoconoJoe More than 1 year ago
I guess Patterson didn't have a new book written to publish this month. Instead he's recyling one of his early books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago