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Confessions of a Murder Suspect (Confessions (1)) Hardcover – September 24, 2012
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- Grade level : 7 and up
- Lexile measure : HL770L
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316206983
- Product dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Reading level : 12 and up
- Publisher : jimmy patterson; 1st edition (September 24, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0316206989
- Best Sellers Rank: #570,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In any case, I'm really excited to read the next book, and I had a lot of fun with this one. It definitely leaves quite a bit open at the end. It resolves the main mystery, but there's other stuff that won't be resolved until the sequel, so if that's something you don't like, then you might want to keep that in mind before reading this.
Final thought: I will definitely check out more of Patterson's YA books!
I will say that the ending didn't really answer all of my questions I had, so I'm not sure if there is going to be a sequel to this or if I'm just supposed to stay in wonder. In fact, to me, the ending seemed a little rushed. Everything came together so quickly, and sealed all the events into one little package with maybe a tear or two for the questions I feel weren't answered.
All in all, it was a very good book and I will be reading it again so see if I can catch things I missed the first time around.
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The narrative is over long, terribly wordy and, dare I say it, totally tedious and utterly boring. Quite how Patterson and Paetro came up with this rubbish is beyond me.
I see there are more in the 'Confessions' series. Not for me there aren't!
Recently I have been struggling to find an interesting book to read. Nothing seems to have been able to hold my attention. I knew I was going to like Confessions Of A Murder Suspect because I like a good murder mystery and that's rare in YA fiction. James Patterson is famous for his murder mystery novels for adults, so he knew what he was writing about. It was something he was good at. And I wasn't disappointed.
One night, Tandy Angel's parents were murdered. Only herself, her two brothers and her mother's personal assistant were in the flat. It was locked. Which meant one of them must have killed them. Or did they?
The story is fast paced and I read it in five hours, staying up until 3am because I couldn't put it down. Tandy is the narrator and she talks directly to the reader. I rarely read a book in this style but it made an interesting change. Strangely, the book I read before this was Liar by Justine Larbalestier which was written in a similar way.
Another good point about this book are the characters. They all have their own voice and most of all - they were realistic. Tandy was my favourite character, closely followed by her twin brother Harry. You know in the summary when I said Tally had two brothers? Well she had three brothers. She had another brother called Matthew who wasn't in the apartment when their parents were killed, but he was a major character.
My favourite thing about this novel? Romance is pretty non-existent. Matthew had a girlfriend but we never saw them together, and Tandy has memories of a boy she fell in love with but he doesn't appear in person. I know romance is very popular in YA fiction, but I am not a fan of romance at all; it was nice to read a book where I didn't have to skip pages full of love-dovey stuff.
Murder Of A Murder suspect is full of twists and turns that will keep you hooked and you won't want to stop until the parents deaths are resolved.
Told in the first person by a shallow and strange teenage girl from a "dysfunctional" (Patterson's word, mine would be "unbelievable") family it kept hinting at deeper mystery - but no! Just shallow and unreal.
The very short chapters were annoying - maybe because I was reading this in the Kindle version(?) - but just one more thing that made me give this book only 2 stars.
The title says "Confessions 1" - well, I won't bother with number 2!
It is hard to believe that Patterson and Paetro would put their names to this book. I have enjoyed ALL their other books - what happened here?
The book starts with two police officers knocking on the door to the Angels apartment following a emergency telephone call. The discover the bodies of Maud and Michael Angel lying on their bed. There has been evidence of a robbery or break-in. The only other people their are Maud and Michael's children. Also their personal assistant Samantha.
The book is narrated by Tandy one of their children. You get an insight into the strict lifestyle they lead. All the children become suspects though out the book aswell as other people. Tandy takes it on to become detective (even though she is number one suspect in the police's eyes).
Very good book with a twist at the end which I did not see coming.