Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Goodreads Summary: 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?
For our October read, my Book Club decided to select an author (a prolific one) and everyone would just read the book of their choice by that author. We had so much fun with that idea that we are doing it again for November. October’s selection was James Patterson.
I’m a fan of James Patterson. I find most of his books highly entertaining. And unlike some readers, I’m not bothered by the fact that he doesn’t write them all by himself. You have to give him credit – he doesn’t pretend that he writes them alone and he uses his celebrity to help other authors.
What I liked about this book: It’s a mystery and it’s the first in a new young adult series. I love mysteries and young adult books. I’m especially delighted when a book falls into both categories. As with most James Patterson books, this is a quick read. I loved Tandy. In fact she may be the only character I really liked. She’s not your usual teen girl. How many young girls, faced with the murder of both parents and being at the top of the suspect list would have the calm and cool nerve to set about solving the murders? Tandy’s and her siblings’ enhanced abilities do give the story a bit of an unreal aspect, but they also add to the over all mystery. Tandy is a very strong character who is aware of her flaws. I’m pretty sure this book is the first in a series, which makes me very glad as I have so many questions about Tandy, her childhood and her rather different family. I can’t wait to read more.
What I didn’t like about this book: With the exception of the family lawyer (and we really don’t get to know him at all) all the adult characters are extremely unlikable. I particularly did not care for the investigators. The lead investigator, Detective Caputo, is very unprofessional, treats the children with total disdain and even outright hatred. Not that I have very much experience with real policemen, but I found him to be almost unbelievable. He is such an unlikable character that it was easy to sympathize with Tandy as she struggled to deal with him.
I had an inkling about the resolution of this mystery (which I won’t share with you because I don’t believe in adding spoilers to reviews – especially reviews of new books), but Patterson and Paetro still managed to work in something I didn’t quite expect.
This is a great thriller/mystery written for teens. Even though teens are the targeted audience, I highly recommend it for James Patterson fans of all ages.