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Confessions of a Murder Suspect (edition 2012)

by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

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Title:Confessions of a Murder Suspect
Authors:James Patterson
Other authors:Maxine Paetro
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 384 pages
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This was a strange book. A family of proverbial geniuses, being raised by two extreme overachievers cause a train wreck of a family. The parents of these children are found dead in their bed room in the middle of the night. The children learn of it when the police almost knock down their door demanding to be let in.

Turns out the children where their parents plan for creating the perfect kids and as such, they were all emotionally scarred and stunted. So their reactions to the news was not the normal panic one would expect of kids and this made the police immediately suspicious of them. It didn't help that it was a 'locked room' mystery and the children looked to be the only ones who could have done it.

It was an interesting look at how police and even other people view those under suspicion of violent crimes. Often it is you are guilty until proven innocent and it's unfair. Decent story, well read and well written. Worth a shot I think. ( )
  readafew | Nov 4, 2014 |
I used to be a Patterson fan, until all his work became co-authored and something new published every month. This particular YA title is the first "Patterson" YA I have read. I kind of liked how with the audiobook version the Tandy character is speaking TO the reader and telling the story of her parent's death and the subsequent investigation. It made me wonder what the print version said in the places where she addresses the audiobook reader. She also mentions and talks about unreliable narration, which I assumed meant that maybe she might be hiding something, but turns out, I couldn't really figure out what she was hiding, if anything. We learn everything she learns, with her.

Anyway, the story was mildy entertaining and interesting. I felt bored halfway through though, and was glad to be done. It didn't strike me as being very realistic, and the ending left tons hanging so that, of course, people would want to continue the series.

If a reader already likes Patterson, then I would probably recommend this to them. However, I doubt I will bother with any follow-ups to this book. ( )
  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 2014 |
I used to be a Patterson fan, until all his work became co-authored and something new published every month. This particular YA title is the first "Patterson" YA I have read. I kind of liked how with the audiobook version the Tandy character is speaking TO the reader and telling the story of her parent's death and the subsequent investigation. It made me wonder what the print version said in the places where she addresses the audiobook reader. She also mentions and talks about unreliable narration, which I assumed meant that maybe she might be hiding something, but turns out, I couldn't really figure out what she was hiding, if anything. We learn everything she learns, with her.

Anyway, the story was mildy entertaining and interesting. I felt bored halfway through though, and was glad to be done. It didn't strike me as being very realistic, and the ending left tons hanging so that, of course, people would want to continue the series.

If a reader already likes Patterson, then I would probably recommend this to them. However, I doubt I will bother with any follow-ups to this book. ( )
  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 2014 |
I used to be a Patterson fan, until all his work became co-authored and something new published every month. This particular YA title is the first "Patterson" YA I have read. I kind of liked how with the audiobook version the Tandy character is speaking TO the reader and telling the story of her parent's death and the subsequent investigation. It made me wonder what the print version said in the places where she addresses the audiobook reader. She also mentions and talks about unreliable narration, which I assumed meant that maybe she might be hiding something, but turns out, I couldn't really figure out what she was hiding, if anything. We learn everything she learns, with her.

Anyway, the story was mildy entertaining and interesting. I felt bored halfway through though, and was glad to be done. It didn't strike me as being very realistic, and the ending left tons hanging so that, of course, people would want to continue the series.

If a reader already likes Patterson, then I would probably recommend this to them. However, I doubt I will bother with any follow-ups to this book. ( )
  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 2014 |
Confessions of a Murder Suspect, by James Patterson is a fictional mystery with an fast-paced plot. Sixteen year old Tandy is rushing to find the murderer of her parents, while handling the stress of the press eager for an insight into the final moments of her parents’ high profile lives while coming to terms with the fact that one of her siblings probably killed them. Tandy is unsure who really killed them, and she is considering the possibility that she might have- after all, her parents spent their lives teaching their children to control their emotions, and hide memories from themselves.
Confessions of a Murder Suspect is a fast-paced read, with an exciting plot and interesting subplots that keep the reader engaged and invested in the ultimate outcome of the crime. However, the book travels at such a fast pace that Patterson does not slow down as he tries to wrap up the book in a neat package- albeit a clumsily wrapped package The end of the book concludes with much of the subplots unanswered, which quite possibly will be what the next books are about. However, the overall plot was well written, and Tandy was the perfect main character, likeable enough and just as clueless as the reader about who the true murderer is. ( )
  degrbr14 | Sep 3, 2014 |
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Paetro, MaxineAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Galvin, EmmaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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?
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Tandy Angel is, along with her brothers, a suspect in their parents' murder but having grown up under Malcolm and Maud Angel's perfectionist demands, Tandy decides she must clear the family name no matter what.

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