Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Confessions of a Murder Suspect (Confessions, #1)” as Want to Read:
Confessions of a Murder Suspect (Confessions, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Excerpt

Confessions of a Murder Suspect

(Confessions #1)

by
3.89  ·  Rating details ·  25,789 ratings  ·  2,590 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
...more
Paperback, Large Print, 372 pages
Published September 24th 2012 by jimmy patterson (first published January 1st 2012)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Confessions of a Murder Suspect, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Jemma (Jemma Loves Books) 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)
Jemma (Jemma Loves Books) 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.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.89  · 
Rating details
 ·  25,789 ratings  ·  2,590 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Giselle
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
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
Read Ashley Elizabeth's reviews at GeeksUnleashed.Me

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
...more
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Listened to the audiobook via Listening Books!

Listening Books is a UK based charity, offering an audiobook service to listeners in the UK with a long-term illness, disability or mental health issues.

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
...more
Hipster_kat
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
3.6/5

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
...more
Sebastien Castell
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
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
...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
...more
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
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
...more
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
...more
Trisha
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
...more
Leah (Jane Speare)
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dave
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Missie
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.

Likes:

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
...more
Kathryn
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
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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
...more
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

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

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
yes?
Recommending: eh.

Short Review: I don't think i'm gonna like James Patterson books. I was so confused
...more
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
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
...more
Kelsie
Nov 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star, read-in-2012
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.
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
...more
Sam
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
...more
Shelbi Adams
Mar 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Alexandra
Apr 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars. Literally has the line "I'm not like other girls".
Adrienne
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
 M (Inactive because school)
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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,
...more
Kayla
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
...more
Once
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
James Patterson, one of the most well known authors, some how continues to produce amazing series. With the Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch and Wizard series reaching millions of readers, it seems that maybe Mr. Patterson would take a break. Thankfully this is not the case with the renowned author's new novel Confessions of A Murder Suspect. Written with his extremely visual writing style, Patterson drifts away from his genre of fantasy and science fiction and goes to a more realistic mystery ...more
Sarah
(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
...more
Paige Watts
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
...more
AH
Sync audio free download week of May 29 - June 4, 2014.

This is a review of the audio book which I received for free from Sync Audio's summer program.

The Angel children have always been special. They are brilliant, music prodigies, and even NFL football stars. Their parents own a big pharmaceutical company and they live in the Dakota building in New York City. When their parents are found dead in bed, the children become the murder suspects. There's 16 year old Tandy (short for Tandoori) and her
...more
Hannah
Oct 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was like............shockingly bad..............

The characters were boring, the plot twists weren't all that shocking, and it all just came off extremely goofy and tryhard. It did approximately one (1) interesting thing and then that didn't really mean anything and possibly didn't actually happen? What a waste of my time lmao.

Can't believe I forgot to mention it, but the rehabilitation of abusive authority figures (the cops, their parents) was horrible and pointless and just compounded
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Secret Prophecy
  • Torn from Troy (Odyssey of a Slave #1)
  • The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial
  • Betrayal (Empty Coffin, #2)
  • Navy SEAL Security (Brothers in Arms, #1)
  • The Sweet Dead Life (Sweet Dead Life, #1)
  • The Innocents (The Innocents, #1)
  • Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential, #1)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
  • Bermuda Shorts
  • Death Was the Other Woman
  • Glass Heart (Cold Kiss, #2)
  • The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mysteries, #1)
  • There's Something About Lady Mary (Summersby, #2)
  • Secret Letters
  • Crows & Cards
  • Another Faust (The Marlowe School, #1)
  • Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie
See similar books…
273,492 followers
Official US Site
Official UK Site
JIMMY Patterson Books
ReadKiddoRead



James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. He has sold over 380 million books wo
...more

Other books in the series

Confessions (4 books)
  • The Private School Murders (Confessions, #2)
  • The Paris Mysteries (Confessions, #3)
  • The Murder of an Angel (Confessions, #4)
“I knew my transformation was complete when Dr.Keyes asked, "How are you feeling today, Tandy?" and I responded "I'm not” 18 likes
“Anne Frank wrote, ‘How true Daddy’s words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” 7 likes
More quotes…