TITLE: Confessions of a Murder Suspect
AUTHOR: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
SERIES: Confessions #1
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James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a thrilling teen detective series about the mysterious and magnificently wealthy Angel family... and the dark secrets they're keeping from one another.
On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see her parents alive. 2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can't trust anyone--maybe not even herself.
Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud's intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents' affairs is a dangerous-and revealing-game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?
REVIEW: Confessions of a Murder Suspect is about what you would expect with it’s title. The story is told through the eyes of Tandy Angel, a murder suspect in the mystery of her rich parents’ murders. It centers on the search to not only clear her name but also on the search of finding the real killer.
I thought Confessions of a Murder Suspect was an interesting read. For one, Tandy literally addresses the reader like “dear reader” as if she was writing a great long letter to us about her experience. While the first person narration was a bit… different, I’m not quite sure whether I liked it or not. Sure, it made the story a bit more personal, but on the other hand, it did a lot of telling and not showing, something your English / LA teachers usually tell you NOT to do, which made the book seem at times like lower level reading.
While I did like Tandy and her brothers, I didn’t like the plot nearly as much. I thought it had a lot of holes and was missing a lot of information. Although there were many twists, instead of making me want to read more, oftentimes they just made me more confused. There were many deviations from the actual story and the mystery itself. Another problem was instead of this book being about the mystery of who killed the parents, but so many other mysteries as well such as Tandy’s mysterious past. With all this extra stuff going on, I felt like there were many questions left unanswered and that the mysteries were only somewhat solved.
THE FINAL VERDICT: SOMEWHAT ICY. It was better than I expected. Would I read the sequel? Yes.
RECOMMENDATIONS: For any fans of James Patterson and mystery.