James Patterson broke his mold, writing about a different sort of mystery. He is a fabulous writer regardless of which book he decides to write. I have never been dissapointed in a book by James Patterson, and now I am hooked for life...awaiting his new releases every month. What hooked me is the fact that he got away from his usual character plots and decided to go out on a limb and try something VERY different...
Very snappy book! The writer keeps chapters to about 2-2.5 pages so you feel you are moving quickly through the book. The story disturbed a lot of people who read it, but if you liked things along the lines of Exorcist, Poltergiest and Amityville, you'll enjoy this.
I am a huge fan of James Patterson work. That is probably why this book was such a huge disappointment; if I didn't like Patterson's books so much I would just chalk this up to a bad attempt, but it's Patterson! "Cradle and All" is at best preachy and disjointed. At worst this book is a loose collection of bad moral stories and it spends most of it's pages dumbing down what could be a great story and insulting the reader. I am glad that I this was not the first of Patterson's books I had picked up, because if it had been I never would have touched another. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and so far this is the only book I have not loved but honestly the only list this book makes for me is "Never Again!"
This was a fast-paaced interesting read especially for the month of December. When you read it, you will understand why. There are a number of wordy spots that seem to cover the same thing. In retrospect, however, these sections were true to the struggles of the characters.
I had figured out one aspect of the ending, but not the way it came about. The last five paragraphs (of which four were only one sentence long) were totally unexpected. Although it set up the possibility of a sequel, I hope one is not written, except by each of the readers for themselves.
This is not a book for the faint hearted or timid reader! Graphic scenes of two pregnant virgins in sexual situations with angels and devils...compelling in a strange and eerie way. Die-hard Patterson fans will enjoy the suspense--I wouldn't recommend it for the average mystery lover. INTENSE!