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Review: Confessions of a Murder Suspect by Patterson & Paetro

Title: Confessions of a Murder Suspect

Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Genre: YA Thriller

Series: Teen Detective Series (Book 1)

Publication Date: September 24, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 372 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316206989 (Little Brown/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-0316206983 (Little Brown/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Michelle


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?

Quick & Dirty: Patterson does not disappoint in this teen mystery. It’s filled with relatable characters and a mysterious story plot that will leave you wanting more.

Opening Sentence: I have some really bad secrets to share with someone, and it might as well be you — a stranger, a reader of books, but most of all, a person who can’t hurt me.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I’m a fan of James Patterson and the amazing books that he and his writing partners have written. They are always compelling and keep me on the edge of my seat. When I had the chance to read Confessions of a Murder Suspect, I jumped on the chance. Patterson’s first teen mystery series? Definitely wouldn’t want to pass that up!

Confessions of a Murder Suspect follows a young daughter’s mission to solve the mystery of her parents’ murder. The suspects? The members of her own family. Tandy Angel sets out to do what the police can’t, solve the murder. But she questions every single one of the members living in their house. In doing so, she uncovers every single one of her family’s dark secrets, confession with the reader, waiting for a verdict.

Tandy Angel is the voice of this book, talking to the reader as if they were a third character. It’s great. She confesses so many things that allows the reader to take into thought. She’s smart for her age, and definitely witty. Her quick thinking, her blase attitude makes her a fantastic main character. She has set it upon herself to solve the mystery of her parents’ death, and one that she doesn’t take lightly. I loved reading about her. She is by far my favorite thing about Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

The Angel Family is really something else. From their super human young brother, Hugo, to the enigmatic all-american jock older brother, Matthew. Oh, let’s not forget the twin, Harrison, who is artistic and doesn’t seem to belong to the rest of the Angel family. They are all individual and amazing in their own right, and finding out a little bit about each one of them adds to the mystery.

While a majority of the book took place in the Angels’ home, the world created was still one that I wanted to know about. Nothing beats a murder scene, and finding out that all the quirks within the home were a part of the scene just added to it. The personalities of each character, the depth of every single one added to the allure of reading the story. I enjoyed reading this teen mystery as much as I’ve read Patterson’s adult mysteries.

Patterson’s writing is always great. And Paetro is no second runner up. The two have writing chemistry, and their works are always well polished. While I didn’t like the ending, the rest of the book was great and enjoying. There are many levels of content, symbols, lessons to be learned when reading Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

I really enjoyed Confessions of a Murder Suspect. I think of the Royal Tennanbaums or even something as quirky as the Munsters. This was such a great read, filled with forensic thrills and a intriguing plot. I’m sure you’ll love this as much as I did.

Notable Scene:

“Criminals make mistakes all the time,” Caputo said.

Samantha interrupted us. “Come on, Tandy.” She took my arm and led me to a chair. Then she said to the Sergeant, “If you’re not arresting anyone, we’d like you to leave.”

“Yeah,” said Hugo. “ ‘We’re done here.’ Isn’t that what they say on all the police shows?”

“We’re done for now. But I’m telling you again,” Caputo warned, “don’t go anywhere.”

“If that’s what we’re being ordered to do, then I guess you’ll be giving us a note excusing us from school.”

“The noose is tightening,” Caputo said. “You feel a little short of air, Snaccy?”

The funny thing was, I still did.

Teen Detective Series:

1. Confessions of a Murder Suspect

FTC Advisory: Little, Brown provided me with a copy of Confessions of a Murder Suspect.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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