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"The complex, clever plot keeps the pages turning as it wends its way to a surprising resolution and several cliffhangers."― --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Series: Confessions (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (September 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316206983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316206983
  • ASIN: 0316206989
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (803 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and, Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on January 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really loved the intricacies of the plot of this book, I felt that it was a great way to also introduce young adults into the world of James patterson and his sometimes writing (cause lets be honest, the amount of books that he publishes in a year is just not humanly possible).

When were introduced to the plot, Tandy, our main character doesn't hide the fact that she is an unreliable narrator, wwhich can be hard to read sometimes. Not knowing if you can trust your narrator makes all of the facts seem off. And its not that you don't trust her because of her, but its because of how she talks about things from such an objective point and that she tells you not to trust her.

I personally found myself growing to trust her through the book because I found her likable in the way that you like Temperance Brennan in "Bones," its because shes the entirely objective person who looks at the facts and not the emotions behind actions or reasoning. For Tandy its cold hard reasoning.

I think of of the other reasons that I found this book really interesting was because of the who done it aspect and the science that went into the parents background. The parents in this muder case, were both scientists with a lot invested in their children which came to be really interesting when it came to all the decisions that the kids made.

This book left a lot of things open at the end mostlyt to explore the lives of the family, and what their lives were like before the parents died and now what they are like now that they are dead. They lived such a life of extravigance and excess that it's going to be a harsh shock to see how they handle it. I am looking forward to the next book.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A. Bond on September 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In James Patterson's latest collaboration with Maxine Paetro, Tandy Angel finds herself in a tough spot when she's awakened by the police. They insist someone called stating a murder had taken place. She goes to wake up her parents, and finds them both dead. The only suspects are the Angel children and her mother's live-in secretary. Tandy investigates and finds her parents were no angels. Could one of her brothers kill out of anger? Did the live-in secretary kill out of betrayal? James Patterson is currently one of the best-selling mystery writers. He weaves original characters with nonstop action and a plot with so many twists and turns you think you were on a virtual roller coaster. This young adult mystery will intrigue teenagers and adults. There was only one drawback: the cliffhanger ending. It left me wanting more.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Archer VINE VOICE on October 23, 2012
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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.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful By MED on September 26, 2012
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'Confessions of a Murder Suspect' is just what is says.... Tandy Angel is the child of a couple found deceased in the master bedroom of their apartment at the famed Dakota in New York City. The Angels are beyond wealthy - Mom a hedge fund manager, Dad a pharmaceutical company partner. The doors were locked the only people in the apartment are the children and the young female assistant to Maud Angel, the mother.

The police are called and everyone inside the locked apartment becomes a suspect. Tandy Angel decides to solve the crime. The Angel children are bright, talented over-achievers. She is sure she can get to the bottom of the mystery before the police.

The book reads as Tandy's steam of consciousness. What is happening, what has happened, her upbringing in the odd Angel household.

While the premise in interesting, the execution was just average. Not enough delivered on the initial promise of different and thoughtful. The book concludes with an obvious sequel to a series.

Just okay.
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