Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Book Review: Confessions of a Murder Suspect

Title: Confessions of a Murder Suspect
Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Teen Reviewer: Mikaela Palandra
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

For Tandy Angel, a teenage girl with practically inhuman intelligence, life will never be the same. Not now that her parents have just been found dead in their room and the only suspects are her and her three brothers. Tandy isn’t sure if she loved her parents. She isn’t sure that they were good people. But she is completely sure about one thing- she’ll find her parents’ killer, even if turns out to be herself. That’s right, you shouldn’t even count that out. Tandy is ready to find the truth of her parents’ death(and life)- and share some confessions of her own.

This book was an addictive read, as good mysteries always are. Tandy is something of a genius, which gives the book a clever, descriptive point-of-view. Throughout the story and especially through Tandy’s confessions, the characters were given a depth. Near the beginning, the Angel family seemed to be these perfect humans, talented, bright, and collected. However, as we learn more about Tandy and her family, you see that these people are broken and flawed after all. 

In regards to the murder mystery, I felt that much of the book was dedicated to discovering more about Tandy’s parents than who might have killed them, which made the resolution to the murder really out-of-the-blue. The authors did a great job revealing the parents’ secrets, however, so it did have that mystery element to it, just not quite where you’d expect. All in all, a great read, that I recommend if you’re looking for a mystery with more to it than just crime.

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