Rating: 3 out of 5 star
The Cradle is a short book weighing in at only 208 and is actually two stories wrapped into one. At first the two stories are very different from each other and adds confusion to the reading because you just don’t know how they connect at first. The main story is that of Matt as he drives across states trying to track down a cradle. Along the way he meets various characters from his wife’s mother’s past and begins to learn a bit about his wife’s history. The Cradle is a story about not just finding an object but also about finding out about himself and his wife. For me this book a slow read. I never really connected with any of the characters and didn’t like how the narrative would switch between Matt and Renee. (Renee is a children’s book author dealing with her son going off to serve in Iraq). The two stories just seemed so at odds with one another that I found them both to be distracting. As I read this I found that as it unfolded it just got more and more predictable and formulaic. Its a short read but not an engrossing one (at least not for me) and I’m not sure that I’ll read anything else by Patrick Somerville.