Reviewed James Patterson’s newest YA release, Confessions of a Murder Suspect on my blog! It’s Patterson’s first YA mystery novel!
The book is marketed as “James Patterson’s first teen mystery” and the first thought that came to mind was, “Is there a genre left that he didn’t try?” Alas, James Patterson has written mostly science fiction for teens and it’s refreshing to see something non-science fiction from him. (Though there are tinges of science fiction in this novel.)There’s something intriguing about mysteries naturally. A puzzle is introduced and then the pieces are presented. If the reader so desires, he/she can try to see how the puzzle fits together, or if the reader is like me, stay up late reading till the end, when the perpetrator is presented.In this case, the puzzle is the murder of Malcolm and Maud Angel, parents to four extremely talented children, Tandy (full name Tandoori, like the Indian bread), Harrison, Hugo and Matthew Angel. The catch is that someone living in their house killed Malcolm and Maud Angel. Who is the murderer or murderess?The story is told from Tandy’s point of view, starting from the moment she woke up with the police pounding at the door. Tandy is extremely intelligent and so are her siblings, but she’s been dubbed as the smartest one of the children. As the police start trying to make sense of this family, Tandy tries to conduct her own investigation.