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Confessions of a Murder Suspect

(Confessions #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  27,714 ratings  ·  2,734 reviews
James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a #1 New York Times bestselling teen detective novel about the mysterious 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: 1) She was the last person to see her parents alive. 2) The police have no sus
Paperback, Large Print, 372 pages
Published September 24th 2012 by jimmy patterson (first published January 1st 2012)
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J It's been a while since I read the book but I'm pretty sure Grande Gongo is the ultimate reward for the kids when they do something their parents deem…moreIt's been a while since I read the book but I'm pretty sure Grande Gongo is the ultimate reward for the kids when they do something their parents deem acceptable.(less)
J Yes the mystery wraps up quite neatly for a first in a series. Whenever I originally read this book I actually thought it was a standalone.

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Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
As an avid reader I've obviously been familiar with James Patterson, but I had yet to try one of his books. I decided to take the plunge with this new one of his that lured with me talks of dark secrets, murders, and teen detectives. While I can't compare it with his other works, I ended up feeling very satisfied with it. He has an easy to read writing style with incredibly short chapters that makes it almost impossible to put it down since "Just one more chapter" would only take another few min ...more
Geeks Unleashed.Me
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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So this was my first James Patterson book, Confessions of a Murder Suspect. He’s a big author, I believe he was the top paid (or at least in the top 5) author last year or this year; and after what I just read, I don’t think I want the exact facts. I’d rather not know about how much this author makes… or maybe I would. The only reason I would is so that I can somehow justify what he just wrote as a severe lack of time. I can’t tell you how man
Alice (Married To Books)
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Star ratings: Audiobook 4 stars, story itself 3.5 stars!

Confessions of a Murder Suspect was great audiobook material. The main character Tandy is recording the story as if she is giving an audio recording of the case. When both of her parents are found dead in their bedroom, Tandy and her brothers a
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it

I am unsatisfied with this book! I had great expectations to reading Confessions of a Murder Suspect and it has left me not content.

James Patterson's Confessions of a Murder Suspect, in my opinion, this book earns 3.6 stars for a mystery book in general.

Two terrific thing about this book, was the Angel's family background. I love the idea of a mad scientist dad, with a family of kids with human-supernatural powers, just brillant! Second, I adore how James Patterson organizes the book. Co
Sebastien Castell
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
I really have no business criticizing James Patterson books. Having read three or four of them already and complained about every one, I should know better by now and recognize that his style and that of his collaborators just isn't for me. So take this review with a grain of salt.

What drew me to this book was the lure of a new Nancy Drew-esque character and the fact that I'd never read a YA mystery before. Most of the YA I've read in the past has been fantasy, so I wanted to explore a bit outsi
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is told by Tandoori (Tandy) Angel, a murder suspect, for her uber-wealthy parents’ murders. On the night her parents were murdered in their home, in the Dakota, it was secure. Locked tight. How did anybody breach security? Was it Tandy or one of her siblings who murdered their parents?

As Tandy sets out to discover who murdered her parents, she needs someone to confide in. Someone to confess to. That someone is us. Are her confessions to us truthful? Is she manipulating us? She often
Apr 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-t-like
I honestly feel no satisfaction after reading this book. It was flat, boring and anti-climatic. I hated the second person narration sections because it felt so... fake. It felt as though the author was trying to make you want to find out what happens, teasing you, but it honestly made me not even care what the truth was. The book wasn't awful, I didn't have an awful time reading it, and it was easy enough to get through, but I just hated too much about it. It was so weak to me that if I ever see ...more
Ashley Chen
Edit Jan 15 2013: Okay, to tell you the truth this book have been on my mind ever since I finished it and reviewed it. I have been debating whether to drop the rating down a star. The reason was because I kept on thinking to myself why the hell did I give this book a 4 stars? I kept thinking and couldn't think of reason why I gave it 4 stars (even with the 2/3 mind blowing parts). So therefore, I am going to drop this to a 3. End of Edit Jan 15 2013

Okay, I am going to do my review a little diffe
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Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mystery
I would give this a 2.5/5. It wasnt really my kind of book but I got tricked into reading it by the pretty cover. It was a murder mystery. It wasnt a quirky Nancy Drew style story. It wasnt haunting like the red and black cover might suggest. It wasnt romantic like most YA. It was just a murder mystery.

Tandy's parents are killed in the middle of the night, in their tightly locked up apartment. So the cops' prime suspects are Tandy, her twin brother Harry, their older brother Matty, and the youn
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow this was very good.
The family is quirky and the story unfolds a little oddly - you're left without all the answers to the questions....but you don't need them all now. Just the answer to one big question will do.

I loved Tandy, even though she's OCD and definitely has some odd quirks
Matty/Mathew was a great 'older' opinion but a little gruff and grumpy, the perfect offset
Harry was also great, being her twin and all he just knew her!
and even Hugo with his wild "swim hard or die" attitude was s
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book sucked ass. The only reason I continued to read was to see who actually did it and the answer was so disappointing and underwhelming. I apparently tried to read this three years ago and originally liked it but stopped. I kind of wish I had just left it at that and not tried picking it up again.

ALSO the parents were pretty much emotionally abusing their children, from the snippets we got, which made the eulogy at the end hollow as all get out. I feel like that spoiler doesn't matter so
Nov 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2012, 1-star
My first Patterson book... and I cannot accurately even say how pathetic I thought it was. Poorly written, a ridiculous plot, and all the drama of a daytime soap opera. Skip.
Leah (Jane Speare)
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have never read anything by James Patterson, so when Confessions of a Murder Suspect came up in my audiobook search at the library, I thought it was a good time to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised how well the story flowed and kept me intrigued. The audiobook was read by Emma Galvin and was 6 hours, 5 minutes long.


I loved the Angel family, they were so unusual and original. I love learning more about the family, the big chops and the reward adventures they would go on.

This story
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Every once in a while I crave a good mystery whether that is an adult one or a good YA one. But let's face it, really good, keep you guessing YA mysteries and far and few in between. So when I found out that none other than Patterson himself was writing a YA mystery, I knew it was something that I needed to try and with all four books out, now was the time to do it.

I love a good story where the narrator is anything but reliable. Where anything goes and nothing is ever as it seems and that is wha
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: Patterson does not disappoint in this teen mystery. It’s filled with relatable characters and a mysterious story plot that will leave you wanting more.

Opening Sentence: I have some really bad secrets to share with someone, and it might as well be you — a stranger, a reader of books, but most of all, a person who can’t hurt me.

The Review:

I’m a fan of James Patterson and the amazing books that he and his writing partners have written. They are alw
Shelbi Adams
Mar 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
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At A Glance

Young Adult; Mystery
Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: no?
Cliff Hanger: no?
Rating: 3 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 5
Characters: 6
World Building: 4
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 6
Ending: 6

Total: 5

In Dept

Best Part:
Worst Part: So many murders, so little time to catch up.
Thoughts Had: what?; who is that!?; who did it!?!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: eh.

Short Review: I don't think i'm gonna like James Patterson books. I was so confused
Sabrina Bain
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
My feelinfs are mixed, loved the twist though
Joy (joyous reads)
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
The Angel family is one of the most prominent lineage in New York City. With their successful pharmaceutical empire, and seemingly gifted children, the name is synonymous to wealth and societal hierarchy. So when Malcolm and Maud were found dead in their sleep, it was a big deal.

With no evidence of force entry, the police suspects the children responsible for the murder of their own parents. What happens next is the slow unravelling of secrets behind the children’s gifts; extra-marital relations
Sep 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I think Patterson deserves a big chop for this. As a fan of his work, I went into this expecting more. I had a "must-finish" syndrome with this book. There were so many times I wanted to just chuck it and move on to better things, but I kept going because I wanted to know whodunnit, even though I was pretty sure I knew who the perp was from the first few chapters and I wanted to be wrong. Surely, it couldn't be THAT easy. Spoiler alert: it was.

Reading the blurb, Confessions of a Murder Suspect h
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book.. I have so many mixed feelings about this book. From the start I was so intrigued because the main character herself was unsure of her own innocence, but that made sense and was completely explained in just a few chapters. The further I read the more and more convoluted things got and more twisted everyone became. Everyone looked like a suspect, but if you read enough murder mystery stories it is admittedly pretty easy to step outside the box and guess what happened.

The parents.. I d
Apr 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars. Literally has the line "I'm not like other girls". ...more
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Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I didn't know how to feel about this book when I finished it. I didn't know whether I liked it or hated it. I also think I am being a little generous with the star-rating. So maybe I'm leaning more towards didn't like. But there's a reason for my mixed opinion. This book was confused. I mean it was written that way.

Tandy was the daughter of the Angels, an elite family well known for the amazingly talanted offspring they produced. Every single one of there children have a talent. Tandy the unemo
Kate ★
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel so bad having to rate this as two stars because I am a James Patterson fan. However, I could not really lie to myself so I'm just going to have to put in my honest review.

I started out liking the book. Parents found murdered inside their own room with 3 of their children inside the house. How was it possible that no one heard them scream? How was it possible that they were killed right under the residents' noses? Who had the motive for doing such a horrendous act?

As the story went deeper,
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Tandy and her siblings are the only people in the house the night their parents are discovered dead.
Who killed Tandy’s parents? And why did they name her Tandoori?

The characters in this were all nuts, and the storyline was pretty darn boring considering that people were dead!

I didn’t like Tandoori, and not just because I wasn’t a fan of her name. She just said the strangest things, she thought the strangest things, her upbringing was bizarre, and s
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I've just finished the book, and I really don't know how to feel! This is the first James Patterson book I've read, and I think I may be being generous with the star rating.

At first, I loved the story; I was swept up in the mystery and couldn't wait to find out what had happened to the Angel parents, and I felt like the main protagonist was so interesting and unique to any other character I'd read about in young adult literature, but it really didn't last long. The whole thing felt very repetiti
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