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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  29,748 ratings  ·  1,086 reviews
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
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by McGraw-Hill Companies
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Alexis Stillabower I personally try to go with the flow when I read books, I have to separate my logic from my entertainment. Because I know the hymen can still be…moreI personally try to go with the flow when I read books, I have to separate my logic from my entertainment. Because I know the hymen can still be intact after having sex, or the fact that it can break doing sports,its not a sustainable thing to gather evidence on. Same for polygraph tests, it has been proven as long as you keep yourself calm you can pass them, or that not you could have the same fingerprints as someone else. (less)
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Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, religion

Well that was a cruel, devilish ending. Pun oh so intended.

I needed to read a James Patterson book, and I finally did. I can’t say I chose right as my first read by him – maybe I should have started with ''Maximum Ride'' – but one can certainly admit that he takes the reader to unexpected, uncharted places.

How could I have resisted the premise? Two girls, both pregnant, yet both virgin, also. The son of God is growing inside one, and the son of Lucifer inside the other. But who is the lucky one?
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this a few days ago but I completely forgot to update it on here... see what prac is doing to me 😂

Alright so I really did enjoy this book. It had some plot twists that I was not expecting to see.

One things I didn’t like was the switching character point of views and there was no indication that told me whose point of view it was. I found that annoying and confusing.
Tom Hooker
This is the first non-Alex Cross book of Patterson's that I've read. While the story is good, the writing is poor -- not up to the standard I'd expect from Patterson. I suspect this is an early novel that Patterson dusted off and marketed after he got hot.
The secret of the miraculous revelations of the appearance of the Virgin Mary in Fatima in 1918 is that two virgins will conceive. One will bear the Son of God, the other will bear the Son of Satan. The premise of the book is that two teenag
Grady Hendrix
Feb 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
The Catholic church tries to figure out which pregnant virgin teen is the Mother of Christ and which is the Mother of Satan. Needless to say, they get it wrong, although what with all the snakes attacking Mexico and demonic priests riding motorcycles you can understand how they got baffled. Written in that typical Patterson style: as personal and efficient as an unoccupied room in a Ramada Inn.
Ashley Drumm
Love, love love this book. Does anyone know if there will be a second book with the way it ended?
Samantha Ham
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book.. is so much more than a book to me. This book is a beautiful, yet bittersweet memory for me. I remember reading this book when I was about 12-years-old. I had spent the weekend with Nana (my mom's mother). She had taken me to the library that Friday to get me a stack of Sweet Valley High books. I had read through them, and wanted to read something else. Nana grabbed the book she had finished, she had just gotten it. And it was Cradle and All. She figured that I might enjoy it. I began ...more
I read this book years ago when it was first published, so I was intrigued to see how it was reworked to be YA. I only had a vague memory of what happened, but I knew I liked the story. And it was still just as interesting.

I really enjoyed that Anne's portion of the story was the main POV. I loved that we got first person with her. It definitely made it easy to connect with her and feel like I was on the journey for revelations. Getting random POV of the other characters normally irritates me,
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
This is the first book I read by James Patterson, but I don't think that was the right choice to begin with, it was ok but I was disappointed, from the synopsis I thought it would be more suspense I was waiting for things to get exciting and things to start happening but as the pages goes and as I'm reading more nothing happened until last 5 pages wish was a good ending by the way I like it.
I'm hoping to give other books by James Patterson a try because I really like his writing style and he hav
Aug 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just terrible. A story about two virgins about to give birth, we find out one will be to the Saviour and one will be to the Beast. But which one? Well, lets see, one of the girls is a rich, white, blonde, debutante, from America and getting loads of press. The other a poor girl in a poor Irish town who is abused by the locals and gets maybe 15 pages in the whole book. While there are a couple of twists, its not good. The characters are flat, the plot weak and drawn out by repeated ' ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson is skilled at making the reader keep turning the page, primarily by withholding infuriating details and writing chapters that are no longer than 3 pages. This book was definitely a page-turner, but ultimately I did not enjoy it. Most, if not all, of the characters were underdeveloped, and the plot bordered on ridiculous at times. I wasn't sure what type of book Patterson intended this to be. For a long time I wondered if the visions and voices that different characters were seein ...more
Cradle and All is the first book I’ve read by James Patterson and this may be brutal, but I wasn’t impressed. So originally this book was published in the early 80s but I stumbled upon a new edition in the teen section the other day when I was at the bookstore. Yes you heard me, THE TEEN SECTION.


Yeah, I really don’t know if the young adult section is really the best way to market this book unless they did some serious editing. The book wasn’t very sexual, but the scenes that were, were violent
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ok, so my opinion of this book might be totally bias because this book is honestly the first book I ever remember reading that wasn't a "school assignment" or those Goosebumps books in middle school. (go R.L. Stine!)

So it was my first "adult" choice book. And I'm SO glad it was, because it did the job. I don't know if I'd be as taken with reading if I didn't like this book.

Thankfully that wasn't the case.

Have I read things I've loved more since this book? Of course. But you're always gonna have
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning the book had hooked but then it was just a rollercoaster of meh and uuuaaa.
The whole book was about figuring out who was carrying the son of god and the son of the devil. I knew they were going to get it wrong (very obvious) but it had an unexpected twist. I was left with wtf, is Then I'm like "ohhh i see. She should have said something!!" And I didn't see that ending coming at all! Like at all. It was like a "come on!!??" Ending.
I liked very much the detective, th
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
saw this ending coming from a mile away!
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cradle and All is a medical thriller. It revolves around three major characters. Anne Fitzgerald is retired nun turned private investigator. She is hired to investigate a series of unlikely events, including two virgin pregnancies. Kathleen is the first of two pregnant virgins. Kathleen lives in Newport, Rhode Island with her family. Thus, much of the story takes place in Newport. Kathleen denies that she has had sex, yet is unable to remember fully the night she conceived. Therefore, her pregna ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading Patterson's. What a book. Wow.
Sam Bucu
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a big fan of this writer, I will always be interested with his novels. But this one is yet another different output from JP. It wasn't just any modern take of the perennial story of the Immaculate Conception, sprinkled with twists and turns of a typical James Patterson suspense-thriller. What was quite surprising for me was that it also had a touch of fantasy and paranormal in it, like people suddenly appearing and disappearing, miraculous and infernal phenomena, and the like. It wasn't the f ...more
Jacquelyn Simon
Maybe a 2.5?

My review for this book is basically me trying to figure out how I feel about this book. So... enjoy? Haha
I Seem to have more cons about this book than pros... but I was still intrigued enough to want to finish and honestly, I liked the ending... well, kinda.

I went into this book the way I do with religion, skeptically. The overall premise of the book was absolutely intriguing, but the execution was way off. I liked the short chapters, I was able to fly through to book, but the wri
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago (like 1980), Patterson dove into the area of religious action and suspense with this novel, which is really the story of the three women. The main narrative character is Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private investigator, who has been hired by the Catholic Church to look into the mysterious case of a virgin from Newport, Rhode Island who is very pregnant. Kathleen Beavier is a young teen from a very wealthy family. She was attacked months earlier, but has no memory of the ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Worst James Patterson book ever!! I'm not even sure he actually wrote this. I am a fan of his work but this book was horrible and the subject matter ridiculous. Are we actually expected to believe this crap? I almost stopped reading it a bunch of times, but it was almost like a horrible accident that I couldn't look away from. I am so glad to be done with this one. Seriously, people like this??
Ralph McEwen
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am glad I was able to pick up the early Patterson novel. I thought it was a real page turner. I found the characters realistic and the story almost believable.
BenandRachel Poling
Could not put this one down!
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! 4.5 stars. This is the James Patterson worth reading. A former nun must investigate not one, but two modern day immaculate conceptions. Of course the Catholic Church cannot imagine such a thing actually occurring. There are definitely the expected religious references, and although I was raised catholic, you don’t have to be Catholic to understand. I could actually see this turning into a series. I wanted more when the book ended and I haven’t read a Patterson book like that in ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
A novel with a punch, that seemed more like something Dean Koontz would write. Definitely not a murder mystery but well written with a surprise ending. There was suspense and you do like the characters but the premise of two virgins having the Holy Son, seemed hard to believe. Polio is killing children and many are ill. Towards the end, much is revealed but then again, how do we really know what will actually happen when Jesus comes again and the end of the world happens?
Nichole | gray_reader_89
*Possible Spoilers*

This was my first James Patterson book and he has written so many books that I really hope this is his worst. If the rest of his books have the same problems this one has then I fear for humanity because he is SO DAMN POPULAR.

I went into this with high hopes because the synopsis sounded intriguing: pretty much Biblical times all over again but with two virgin Marys and one of them may not be having a savior. I still think that could be a good plot for a book that is more devel
Kelly Hager
This was published years ago (I know I read it in high school or maybe college) but has been updated and repackaged as a YA novel.

If you missed it the first time, this is about two teens (Kathleen and Colleen; the former is American and the latter is Irish). Both are pregnant. Both are virgins. According to prophecy, one is carrying the second coming and the other...well, you've seen Rosemary's Baby. The problem is, no one knows which baby is which. That's where Anne comes in. It's her job (wit
Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first James Patterson book I've read, and I was a little disappointed. I do understand that this was a reworking of one of his very early books, perhaps that's the problem.

Although I enjoyed the writing, generally, I found myself wondering what the point of the book was. It might have worked as a prequel or sequel. But, standing alone, it was definitely lacking.

I didn't find myself involved enough with the main characters, and thought they were a little two-dimensional.

I do, however
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing mystery of two young teenagers in different parts of the world who are pregnant, but claim they did not have intercourse. The Church is very interested in their background, and, of course, of the impending births. Enter investigators from the Church and a private investigator who just happens to have been a nun. Will one of the teenagers give birth to Satan? Will the other give birth to the Messiah? Are the epidemics, wars, hunger in the world related to these births? Is the ending a ...more
This is a quick and spooky read. Two teenage pregnant virgins; one in Ireland, one in America. Who and what are these girls and their babies? The world waits for the births in frenzy of religious fervor. Lots of involvement with the Catholic Church. Don't look for solid logic, but for entertainment this is a good book.
Jack Shanks
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first experience reading anything by James Patterson, and this book definitely did not disappoint. I desperately want to read more by this man known online as the "Master of Suspense". I was hesitant to buy this book from the store, purely because I had never read anything by Patterson, but I finally got my hands on a copy when my local library brought it onto the shelves - and I wish I read it sooner!

I love, love, loved his writing style! It was not simple, but it was not absurdly c
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