Title: Confessions of a Murder Suspect
Author: James Patterson
Series: Confessions (#1)
Published: September 24 2012
Tandoori Angel definitely doesn’t fall into the category of ‘normal’. No one in the Angel family does really… But I suppose that’s what you get from being made to learn Victorian Poetry at 3 years of age then, being able to name all the national landmarks of Bhutan at 16 while standing on your head. Malcolm Angel is co-owner of Angel Pharmaceuticals and his beautiful wife Maud Angel is part of a wealthy hedge fund corporation making them as wealthy as two people could possibly be. Together they raised their children to be perfect specimens of the human race. Tandy, Harry, Hugo and even Matthew had everything they could have ever wanted; Super strength, impossible IQ’s, envied agility and all the money they could need. But when a terrible unforeseen incident ravages the luxurious Angel household, everything these children believe are put on the line. A murderer is on the loose and no one is innocent until someone has been proven guilty. Trusts are questioned, emotions run rampant and secrets from within finally break free, secrets that could tear this family apart and ruin them forever. Something is bothering Tandy about her past, something her parents hid from her and now is she’s about to realize that ‘normal’ wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all.
With all the sought out aspects a murder mystery book would kill for (pun intended there), Confessions of a Murder Suspect is yet another must read by the well know James Patterson! I mean I have read the Maximum Ride books and the comics, all of them to be precise… maybe even twice but the point I’m trying to make is that this book does not fall short. It’s gripping and very well written in that, the way some aspects are described, the reader is practically in the room with the characters. Suspense, mystery, excitement and soooo many questions help to make the book the gripping and enticing one that it is.
I loved the characters because they were all so different from each other. Each of them has been gifted with these abilities that have either been a blessing or a curse at one point or another in their lives. Tandoori is the narrator of the story, but I’ve come to realize that that’s not because she has the most secrets or is the most interesting of the Angel children! Not at all! They all have their secrets and inner turmoils. Any one of the kids could have told the story from their point of view but the author chose her.
What’s actually most interesting and makes the story just that much more special is the direct contact that the narrator has with the reader. The story is expressed so that Tandy is speaking directly with the reader as if we are one of her close friends to whom she feels she needs to tell her life to in the hopes of easing some of the troubles off her chest. And it’s such an amazing experience to read! Being personally included in her thoughts and being directly addressed to always has the effect of making a book more enjoyable and I’m always appreciative to come across one with such traits. Each chapter ends with a question and I actually found myself frowning and wondering about the answers out loud only to have someone sitting next to me on the bus thinking I’ve gone insane!
The storyline or plot itself has obviously been well thought through. There’s always suspense and suspicion towards each of the characters and even though hints to solve the case are revealed along the way, they don’t spoil the effect of when the truth is discovered.
It’s actually a really sad story because all these kids were used, manipulated and controlled by parents who never actually told them they loved them. So if you read this book and find yourself close to a few tears… well I won’t blame you. You should definitely grab it next time you see it on the shelf.
I’ll grant it a good 4 out of 5!