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  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606211268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606211260
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)


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If her mind had not been on the case she had won, Katie might not have taken the curve so fast, but the intense satisfaction of the guilty verdict was still absorbing her. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ravenclaw29 on June 30 2006
Format: Library Binding
Katie DeMaio, a thirty-one-year-old assistant New Jersey county prosecutor and the widow of Judge John DeMaio, who had tragically died a few years before of cancer, has just been in a car accident, and has landed herself in the nearby prestigious Westlake Hospital. Katie dazedly attempts to stop the nurse from giving her a sleeping pill, for she knows it will give her nightmares, but it is no use. And before she knows it, Katie is fast asleep in the eerie darkness and silence of the hospital. Then, in the middle of the night, Katie wakes up and looks to the window. In the light of the moon, she sees a dark figure loading something heavy in a sack into a truck. The figure loses control of the sack, and then Katie sees a woman's dead face sticking out of the sack.

Little did Katie know that the dark figure was Dr. Edgar Highley, Westlake's leading doctor of the Westlake Maternity Concept, who has recently found a "miracle cure" for seemingly infertile women. Dr. Highley had seen the open window that night, and after he has found out that the window was from Katie's room he realizes that he needs to silence the only witness to his crime, forever... The next morning, Katie receives a frantic call from her older sister, Molly Kennedy, who tearfully informs Katie that Molly's neighbor, Vangie Lewis, was found dead in her home last night, having committed suicide by swallowing a glass of cyanide. It is then that the once-vague truth hits Katie: that deathly pale face she had seen last night was Vangie Lewis's face.
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This book was the first book I read by Mary Higgins Clark, and I immediately wanted to read more. Her writing is so easy to read, and you are hooked by almost the first chapter. The characters are developed thorougly, and it's hard to put down. Though it is exciting, I will admit I was more intrigued by "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." You should check that one out before "The Cradle Will Fall" because I think the plot is a bit sneakier, and there's a major twist at the end. You know who the killer is the whole time in "cradle". Overall though, a great read.
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Mary Higgins Clark published a chilling and inquiring novel, The Cradle Will Fall. Kathleen DeMaio, an assistant prosecutor, and Richard Carroll, a medical examiner are called to investigate a recent crime scene in which a pregnant woman seems to have committed suicide. They work together to put the pieces of the suicide together, as well as form a loving a sincere relationship. They analyze and question several suspects and crime scenes in the case. Through these investigations, Richard realizes that the last person to have come in contact with the deceased woman was Dr. Highly, the victim's doctor. Was the crime suicide, or planned murder? Now, Katie, not knowing Richard's conclusions about Dr. Highly, finds herself in the hospital for minor surgery. By coincidence, the surgeon is Dr. Highly. What will become of Katie?
Mary Higgins Clark is an excellent mystery writer. Her plot is complicated, yet well planned out and suddenly comes together at the end. The story begins a little slow but soon becomes fast-paced and intriguing. You will soon wonder if the detectives will ever crack the case and you will also start to solve the mystery yourself. Her character's personalities are unique and each one comes to life. She makes you feel as if you know each one personally. I enjoyed the personal relationships that develop throughout the novel as well as their feelings and emotions. Overall, the novel was full of suspense and terror. Mary Higgins Clark makes you feel as if you are in the operating room the whole time. There were many late nights in which I couldn't put this book down. I would suggest this book to all teenage or adult mystery lovers.
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Mary Higgins Clark published a chilling and inquiring novel, The Cradle Will Fall. Kathleen DeMaio, an assistant prosecutor, and Richard Carroll, a medical examiner are called to investigate a recent crime scene in which a pregnant woman seems to have committed suicide. They analyze and question several suspects and crime scenes in the case. Through these investigations, Richard realizes that the last person to have come in contact with the deceased woman was Dr. Highly, the victims doctor. Was the crime suicide, or planned murder? Now, Katie, not knowing Richard's conclusions, finds herself in the hospital for surgery. By coincidence, the surgeon is Dr. Highly. What will become of Katie?
Mary Higgins Clark is an excellent mystery writer. Her plot is complicated, yet well planned out and suddenly comes together at the end. The story begins a little slow but soon becomes fast-paced and intriguing. Her character's personalities are unique and each one comes to life. I enjoyed the personal relationships that develop throughout the novel as well as their feelings and emotions. Overall, the novel was full of suspense and terror. Mary Higgins Clark makes you feel as if you are in the operating room the whole time. There were many late nights in which I couldn't put this book down. I would suggest this book to all teenage or adult mystery lovers.
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