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A minor road accident landed county prosecutor Katie DeMaio in Westlake Hospital. That night, from her window, she thought she saw a man load a woman's body into the trunk of a car...or was it just a sleeping pill induced nightmare? At work the next day, Katie began investigating a suicide that looked more like murder. Initial evidence pointed elsewhere, but medical examin ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 1980 by Simon
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Elisa
Oh my God! These are the best words to describe this book. The story, the characters, the twists and turns that these book presents are amazing. It was incredibly difficult to put it down once I started reading it. The most impressive thing about this book is the fact that it starts right away with action, and it got me thinking "how in the world is this author gonna 'extend' the story for another 300 pages?" But she did it. I totally recommend it to anyone who likes crime books. And I most cert ...more
Rene Sandoval
Rene Sandoval
Period 6
Book Report 2

This interesting novel that I read was The Cradle Will Fall, by Mary Higgins Clark. This story was not only a shocking novel, but contains a bit of love and romance. Mary Higgins is known to be supposedly ,“ The Queen of Suspense". After reading this interesting novel I agree with this statement. In this story the author predicts what the outcome will be for the main character Katie DeMaio. It all began with a small incident, which leads her to meet a murder of
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Ashley Facio
Oct 05, 2014 Ashley Facio rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who enjoys predicting outcomes
Recommended to Ashley by: my wonderful teacher Mrs.Duong
The amazingly interesting book I read was The Cradle Will Fall, by Mary Higgins Clark. This story was not only a suspenseful horror, but it is consist a bit of romance. Mary Higgins is know to be the supposedly ,“ The Queen of Suspense". After reading this fantastic novel I strongly agree with this statement. In this story the author foreshadows what the outcome will be for the poor main character Katie DeMaio. It all began with a small accident, which leads her to meet a psycho murder of a doc ...more
Joana Marques
Aug 17, 2009 Joana Marques rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joana by: silvia-pco
Shelves: 2007
Acabei este livro fantástico. Como é possível que alguém imagine estas histórias. A autora consegue prender-nos do inicio ao fim, sempre com a mesma vontade ávida de saber mais e mais. Adorei. Reforça ainda mais a ideia que tenho da autora.
Giulietta
Quoto il Killer Mantovano.. la Clark non sarà un'autrice di capolavori, ma scrive per una lettura piacevole e scorrevole, nonchè intrigante!
Un buon giallo, da ombrellone, da borsetta o da relax.
Rebecca
Ingenious. This is my first Higgins Clark and, whilst reading it, I was not disappointed. Here Higgins Clark provides an omnipotent view of all characters, so rather than follow the crimes purely from a detective perspective, waiting for the clues to come along, the reader is already privilege to this information from the outset. However you do not know why and so the narrative server to unfold the detailed background story in page turning thrill. So why not 5 stars? Well the story was so well w ...more
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
This is an incredible read. From start to finish it manages to fully pull the reader in, and makes it extremely difficult to put the book down. Clark gives the narrative a vast scope of many different points of view, allowing the reader to be given the enitre scope. This ploy is the one that truly hooks the reader into the story for they understand what has happened, they realise what is about to happen and yet, at the same time, they are completely and utterly in the dark.

It is a story that awa
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Kayla P
Kayla Palos
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10/28/10
Book Review

The Cradle Will Fall
Mary Higgins Clark

“The Cradle Will Fall” is about Vangie Lewis, a woman that can’t conceive children. Dr. Highley and Dr. Fukhito helps make that possible, but the whole scam behind it, is he has a business that gets woman pregnant, but wont make it so they go full term. When Dr. Fukhito finds out that the woman is close to there due date, but he knows the baby will not make it, he goes and kills the woman by giving them poisonous medicine tha
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Miles Oliver
After mild disappointments from Weep No More, My Lady and Stillwatch, I decided to give her one more try. I fondly remember my first experience with the author when I read A Cry in the Night the summer before my sixth grade year and later when reading While My Pretty One Sleeps a couple years later; however, I also remember less fondly others such as Where are the Children? and A Stranger is Watching as well as Let Me Call You Sweetheart. I was hoping that giving this a go would re-establish the ...more
Gerald
Apr 09, 2013 Gerald rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: medical/detective fans
Recommended to Gerald by: Read as a loan from library
Spine tingling.

This is the first book by M.H. Clark I have had the pleasure of reading, and a pleasure it was. A terrific, headlong rush of murder, deceit, lies and cover-ups, with a brilliant but twisted medical professional at the center, and the prosecutor who is put in danger by him, unaware of how dangerous the man really is, as her collegues start to peel away at the outside, his respectable, brilliant facade, uncovering murder, lies, twists, turns and danger along the way.
This book was w
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Bernard
Jul 05, 2013 Bernard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bernard by: Stacinator
When I think of "mystery novel," I think of a book which reveals "who dunnit" at or toward the end of the novel. Readers are left clues given by the author to help them figure it out. This novel by a proven master (mistress?) of the mystery genre takes a different approach. The sole witness at the scene believes what she saw was a dream, but her later encounter with the murderer draws her into the investigation without her even knowing it. Soon, readers discover who the murderer is, but the race ...more
Laura
Como siempre, Mary no me decepciona... si bien sus historias tienen intrigas y algun misterio tipo A. Christie por resolver, siempre terminan bien... pero eso no me disgusta.. aunque me gustaría leer alguna de sus historias cuyo final no adivine mientras voy leyendo... Me gustó esta historia... fue hecha hace 20 años y leerla ahora con todos los adelantos queda un poco vieja.. pero para la epoca en que se editó debería ser una novedad... recomiendo este libro.
Boof
I have just finhished The Cradle Will Fall which is now one of my favourites. In The Cradle Will Fall, County prosecutor Katie DeMaio lands in hospital after a minor car accident. During the night, she sleepily watches through the window as a man loads a woman’s body into the boot of a car. Is it just a medicated nightmare, or is the scene horrifyingly real? On the same night, a 7 month pregnant woman, who had waited 10 years for a baby, drinks cyonide and kills herself. When police start lookin ...more
Klynn Pedesclaux
i think that this book is wonderful it showed me a wonderful things that i could have went there but also shows you how to turn your back on things to. This book also shows you how to stay strong and be brave between alot of people also it bring joy to people face when they take down the husband in the middle also it is a mystere story to learn good things about and just always keep u head higher and don't let nobody push you around, So this is what i think of this book The Cradle Will Fall By: ...more
Kathy Duncan
The Cradle Will Fall, Clark's third novel, was the second and last work of hers that I ever read. I intensely disliked Where Are the Children?, but decided to read one more Clark. At the time, I was in graduate school and had no time and very little money. I spent both on this novel, and was again disturbed and disappointed. Once again, Clark's storyline victimized children and featured yet another weak "heroine." But this novel featured a new twist in brutally murdering the trusting mothers of ...more
Caroline Mendes
I think the way she use the word "fetuses" brings it to be a too unrealistic story, maybe "embryos" wouldn't give a so bad impression. I also agree with someone in another comment: "The heroine was weak and pathetic. The mystery could have been solved in five minutes..."
For me it was not a "couldn't put down" book, but just for the entertainment, it was ok.
Cecil42
Excellent book!!! This was the first book I read from Mary Higgins Clark and I absolutely loved it! Reading it kept you on your toes as all the pieces to the puzzle were laid out before you and you just wanted the characters to figure it out already!!! Absolutely fantastic read and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone who loves a good suspense/thriller/mystery!
Adam Cruz
I liked the experimentation and procedure and the arguments they bring but those were not explored. Instead of going into ethics, the story went had a lot of false 'positives' and sketchy police investigations. A lot of open questions were asked as a style and not an exception. I can not recommend. Two stars for the effort.
Mariana
Fantastic book by Mary Higgins Clark. It was my first, but it is certainly not my last. ;)

The whole plot was very intriguing. Dr. Highley, whom we know is the killer right from the beggining, does crazy experiences with pregnant women, moving fetus from aborting mothers to infertile women treated in his clinic. It was awful, but also marvellous! I would never have remembered that, if I ever wrote a book... (which I'm not).
As to Katie DeMaio, her personal dramas with Dr. Richard kept me pretty oc
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Kris
4 STARS

"A minor road accident landed county prosecutor Katie DeMaio in Westlake Hospital. That night, from her window, she thought she saw a man load a woman's body into the trunk of a car...or was it just a sleeping pill-induced nightmare? At work the next day, Katie began investigating a suicide that looked more like murder. Initial evidence pointed elsewhere, but medical examiner Richard Carroll saw a trail leading to Dr. Edgar Highley. He suspected that the famous doctor's work "curing" inf
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Thart2002
The cover of this book says "The Terrifying National Bestseller.." Don' believe every thing you read. This was the first Mary Higgins Clark novel I have read and frankly it most likely will be my last. The reason being, I absolutely hate it when authors are repetitive and she repeats thoughts, fears, ect. repeatedly. The book could have been much shorter, much cleaner had she not written repeatedly of Katie Deaio's fear of hospitals or Dr. Highly's plan to kill her in a hospital. Clark's portray ...more
Jennifer Clawson
Mary Higgins Clark used to be my favorite "fluff" author. Her books are quick and easy reads if you want to be entertained without thinking. However, after reading so many of her books they eventually all seem the same.
Emmaculate
Kate, why did you not follow your initial instinct?

Dr Richard you are not passionate despite the fact that your love is deep rooted!You acted almost too late


A good read , i am hooked to this author for sure
Wade Mercer
My second Clark novel. I found this novel quite interesting from the start. As the chapters kept coming I found myself reading just one more chapter before putting it down for the day. There were a few blatant foreshadows of events to come that I felt were unneeded but overall a good read!
April
Enjoyed the book, but didn't like that I didn't really know what was going on or what the story line was actually following until the last few pages. I guess that was the whole point of the story but I don't enjoy that kind of thing.
Sarah
I hated this. The heroine was weak and pathetic. The mystery could have been solved in five minutes if all the people involved had simply talked to each other and the police. It was very annoying watching all the characters stumble through their activities, the people running the investigation clumsily missing obvious clues and botching every interrogation. The concept of the Dr.'s experiments was far-fetched and of course everything was neatly tied up in the end in a very unrealistic fashion. I ...more
Vanda
É um policial muito bom, com uma história muito bem pensada. A forma como os capítulos estão organizados e vão saltando entre cenas paralelas está excelente! Consegue mesmo prender-nos, pois quando está prestes a acontecer alguma coisa importante numa cena, passamos para outra diferente e devoramo-la só para saber o que vem a seguir à cena anterior :D
O mau da fita é mesmo irritante! Dá vontade de lhe dar uns tabefes :P

Só tenho a apontar a tradução, que podia estar melhor. Houve alturas em que ti
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Snickerdoodle
Nov 22, 2014 Snickerdoodle rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: lame
Too lame to continue. Dialog is flat. Characters as well. Looks like it's going to be one of those damsel-in-distress books. I know it's old but the scenes have aged badly - like something out of a mediocre old 40's or 50's movie.

Okay - went back and read several reviews and people like this book. Am I missing something? Maybe I need to give it more time?
Sébastien
Mary Higgins Clark, she's the Suspense Queen. She's the lonely one who can keep all my attention. She's able to let me read a whole book without skipping pages. Thank you Mary. You are unbelieveble!!! Continue writting your books!
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Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting: she’s written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Hig ...more
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