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Review: The Cradle

January 14, 2009


It’s 1997 and Matt and Marissa are a young married couple expecting their first baby in a month or so.  Marissa’s mother left her family when Marissa was 15 and Matt is an orphan.  When Marissa is 8 months pregnant she decides the baby must have the cradle she slept in as a child and wants Matt to get it for her.  The problem is that Marissa’s mother took the cradle with her when she left.  The only lead Matt has is an address for Marissa’s aunt (her mother’s sister).  After driving miles and visiting several people besides Marissa’s aunt, Matt finds the cradle, but he also finds a little boy who no one wants and discovers he’s Marissa’s half-brother.

It’s 2008 and Bill and Renee’s son, Adam, has decided to enlist in the Army so that he can fight in Iraq.  This is devastating to Renee because her first love died in Vietnam.  Bill knows about her first love, but not about the fact that she had a baby by him that she gave up for adoption.

The Cradle by Partick Somerville melds these two stories together.  It took me a little while to figure out how the two stories are related, but once I had an idea, I couldn’t put the book down.  My only complaint about the book is that the end of the story isn’t developed enough.  I enjoyed all of the detail at the beginning of the book.  Once Matt found the cradle and Marissa’s half-brother, the detail ended and the story was wrapped up quickly.  The ending is satisfactory, though.  This is Patrick Somerville’s first novel and if it’s any indication, I think he has great potential as a writer.  The Cradle will be published by Hachette Books on March 9, 2009.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2009 7:22 am

    This one sounds really good, I like how you mentioned that it’s unclear at first how the two stories were related.

  2. January 14, 2009 8:21 am

    Oooooh! This one was not even on my radar until your review. Thanks! Another good score! How do you do it?

  3. January 14, 2009 8:28 am

    I like it when two stories merge into one. Sounds like an interesting book!

  4. January 14, 2009 8:29 am

    Sorry the ending wasn’t all it could be. I’ll keep this author on my radar though.

  5. January 14, 2009 8:40 am

    I’ll have to look for this one. I have a couple of ideas how the 2 stories might be related, and I’ll have to see if I’m even close.

  6. Chelsea permalink
    January 14, 2009 10:06 am

    Sounds like a very intriguing book – I’ll have to make sure to keep an eye out for it, even if the ending doesn’t quite live up to the rest of the book.

  7. January 14, 2009 10:52 am

    hmm, sounds pretty interesting. thanks for the review!

  8. January 14, 2009 11:05 am

    Interesting concept. I like when two stories come together in a good, satisfying way. I’m sorry the ending wasn’t what you had hoped for.

  9. January 14, 2009 11:08 am

    Great Review Kathy. I never heard about this book before. Sounds really good. I am going to have to look for the book now. 😉

  10. January 14, 2009 11:21 am

    This story sounds interesting! Thanks for the review.

  11. January 14, 2009 11:29 am

    This sounds like an intriguing book. Thanks for sharing such a good review!

  12. January 14, 2009 12:09 pm

    Sounds interesting, despite the ending. I’ll keep my eye out for it. Thanks for the review!

  13. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 14, 2009 12:46 pm

    I’ll keep an eye open for it. I love to read first time authors!

  14. January 14, 2009 1:14 pm

    It sounds intriguing. I’m wondering how the two stories tie in together.

  15. January 14, 2009 1:27 pm

    oh, wow! sounds really interesting. I love the cover on that book too!! 🙂 thanks so much for this review.

  16. January 14, 2009 2:29 pm

    I’m intrigued…I’d like to know how the stories are connected. Guess I’ll have to try and fit it into my reading schedule. Great review!

  17. January 14, 2009 6:49 pm

    I’ve got this one coming so I didn’t want to read too much other than to see if you liked it and I see that you did so that’s good enough for me for now. I’ll be back once I get the book and read it.

  18. January 14, 2009 6:53 pm

    Now I’m curious! Sounds kind of interesting.

  19. January 14, 2009 7:30 pm

    I am intrigued as well. I think I will add this to my list of books to look for to read as part of the 2009 Pub challenge. Thanks for the review.

  20. January 14, 2009 7:46 pm

    Oh, wow, that sounds really interesting!

  21. January 14, 2009 7:52 pm

    Hi! I’m checking out your blog from Caribousmom blog where she posted some blogs from people who have commented on hers over the past week. I noticed you left a comment about checking out my blog sometime so I just wanted to stop by and say “hi” and I hope you visit my blog often. I saw your blog posted somewhere else, I’ve got you on my list!!
    Love your reviews!!

  22. January 14, 2009 9:01 pm

    Love how the two stories are so different but merge together in the end. I’ll have to keep this one in mind.

  23. alirambles permalink
    January 14, 2009 9:02 pm

    This cracks me up. Some pregnant women send their husbands to Taco Bell at 3 a.m., this one sends hers on a long trek searching for the cradle from her childhood. Great premise!

  24. January 14, 2009 11:11 pm

    Sounds very intriguing and I love the cover!

  25. January 14, 2009 11:19 pm

    Ok – you hooked me – I want to know the connection – it has been added to my TBR file!


  26. January 15, 2009 1:27 am

    when i read the title i thought it might be something on infertility. This sounds like a good story, different as well.

  27. Bobbie Crawford-McCoy permalink
    January 15, 2009 9:46 am

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this book…sounds good too! 🙂
    Nice review Kathy, thanks.

  28. January 15, 2009 2:24 pm

    This sounds very intriguing!!! I’ll keep my eye on this one. Thanks for the review.

  29. January 15, 2009 3:23 pm

    I agree with Ali – sending her husband on such a quest sounds a little “mom-to-be-zilla”.

  30. January 15, 2009 4:23 pm

    oh gosh.. this sounds like such a good one… I want to read this for sure!!!

  31. January 17, 2009 1:38 am

    This sounds like a good one. I do have to wonder about the woman sending her husband on a search like that, but I imagine it fits well into the story.

  32. January 17, 2009 7:36 pm

    this book seems too be very good.

  33. January 20, 2009 10:40 pm

    Knowing that this one is a kind of puzzle makes me really interested! Sounds good.

  34. January 22, 2009 10:37 pm

    I love books with multiple story lines that come together in the end. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for this one. Thanks!

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