“Confessions of a Murder Suspect” by James Patterson

Description from Goodreads.com

“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: She was the last person to see her parents alive. The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 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?”


I would have to say my favorite genre of books is Young Adult fiction.  I find that these books are often well written and they move along quickly.  I always like a book that leaves you wanting more at the end of each chapter.  Most of the Young Adult fiction books that I read leave you hanging in suspense at the end of each chapter and make you want to push forward.  They are not overly descriptive which lets me create my own images and I can read them at a decent pace (I tend to be a slow reader).  I also like reading books that I can recommend to my children and help to encourage them to read more.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect, was definitely a quick read.  Each chapter is very short and ends with a lead into the next chapter.  It follows a teen girl, Tandy, whose parents have been found dead in the apartment and she and her brothers are suspects.  Tandy works on solving the case and learns a great deal about her parents in the process.  James Patterson does a great job portraying the characters and leaving the reader in suspense until the very end.  Just when you think you know who did it, you have no clue.  I like to try to solve the mysteries as I am reading (I am usually wrong).  This book definitely left me for a loop.

I would recommend this book to teens and adults that enjoy murder mysteries.  It is a suspenseful thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  James Patterson manages to put in a great deal of twists and turns leading up to an unsuspecting truth.


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