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Confessions #4

The Murder of an Angel

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In the dramatic conclusion of the bestselling Confessions series, Tandy Angel's next murder case could be her own!

Tandy Angel is losing her mind—or so she thinks. Even as she's forced to fight for the family company, she's imagining new dangers in every shadow. And as her detective prowess is called into question and her paranoia builds, she has to face the very real possibility that the stalker she's convinced will take her life could be all in her head—or the very real danger that finally brings her down.

304 pages, Hardcover

First published October 26, 2015

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James Patterson

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James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. Among his creations are Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, and Maximum Ride. His #1 bestselling nonfiction includes Walk in My Combat Boots, Filthy Rich, and his autobiography, James Patterson by James Patterson. He has collaborated on novels with Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton and has won an Edgar Award, nine Emmy Awards, and the National Humanities Medal.

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Profile Image for Kristin.
729 reviews8 followers
December 28, 2016
Was it just me, or did the story feel rushed and incomplete?

The last three books in the series were full of suspense and fun. Lots of mystery, action, adventure, and surprises...this installment lacked pretty much all those qualities.

It made it obvious who the bad guy was from the beginning and there wasn't really much meat to this story. It was a short, fast read.

Honestly, I don't feel much closure. Sure there was an ending involving the pills and the family, but there are still questions left unanswered. Particularly involving Tandy's love interest and her former BFF.

I was hoping to get an explanation for why he suddenly dumped her and started treating her like crap, especially after leaving a note saying he would always love her. The note made it sound like there was some motivation to protect her or something, but nothing came from it.

It felt as though this could easily have been added to the last book as a side story, there was no need to make it an entire novel. In order to stretch the shortness of the story and the lackluster plot, it was filled with side details that didn't really matter: her clothing, her hair style, a trip, etc.

Plus the added filler in the form of fragmented flashbacks of her stay in a fancy mental hospital. Which made Tandy frequently questioning her own sanity, only to retract the question two pages later.

(Speaking of the hospital, I'm still a little lost over how her over protective uncle and siblings didn't figure out something screwy was going on there.)

It didn't feel as well written or suspenseful as the last books, this was very disappointing.
Profile Image for Tiffany PSquared.
494 reviews87 followers
December 14, 2017
Audiobook Review

I listened to this one because I felt obligated to finish the series (even though I only read the book right before this one - not the whole series). Not sure what I was expecting, but it didn't impress me much once it ended. I know this is YA, so maybe that's a better audience for it than I was.
Profile Image for Rebecca.
Author 13 books20 followers
April 24, 2016
What the heck happened to standards in the publishing industry? Will they put out any piece of crap as long as there's a famous name on the cover?

The Tandy Angel series had a terrific opening book, but it's been downhill from there. With "The Murder of an Angel" the author actually got into a grave and started digging.

I am stunned at how bad this is. Fresh out of a psychiatric care facility for nearly being murdered, Tandy finds herself the target of several more assassination attempts including a plane crash. The adults in her life all fail her. (For instance, the FAA is so unconcerned with the plane crash they don't bother to investigate it).

I like to read trash as much as anybody else but, I swear, the authors aren't even trying anymore. These books have devolved into a 17 year old girl's paranoid rantings and plot points that make no sense. (For instance, the Angel kids are all supposed to be brilliant geniuses so why the heck is Tandy the only one trying to solve this? Her sister Kathryn pops up occasionally to play a disturbing game of peek-a-boo but we never find out why).

The editor who green lighted this book for release should be ashamed.
Profile Image for Sandra.
266 reviews13 followers
March 31, 2016
Original: 2/7/2015
*points up*
Why does it say this book is coming out 2016? the last one was published 2014, why the year skip?

Update #1: 6/3/2015
What is this?
Do my eyes deceive me? Or is that a book cover, a book title, a synopsis, and a release date.

Holy flipping burgers. It comes out this year. And it's actually the last book in the series.
Yes! I will have closure.

Update #2: 11/4/2015
I'm going to talk about the ending so...
Profile Image for Kirsty-Marie Jones.
409 reviews45 followers
November 3, 2015
And worst book I've read in 2015 goes to...Mainly because it's 20% book, and 80% rehash.
Profile Image for ♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡.
999 reviews68 followers
May 28, 2017
Rating: 3.75/5

Original review on Julalicious Book Paradise

I had forgotten how this series is such an easy read. I read this book in an afternoon at work while there wasn’t much to do. As much as I have enjoyed this book, I will say that I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first books of the series. Okay, let’s say the first two books got my attention a lot more than the last two, but there were still good; just not as good as the first ones.

So in the final book of the series, Tandy continues her path to end once and for all the family’s company but everything just seems in her way. People thinking she’s crazy, her doubts about who to trust and who not to trust, her family in danger and so many other obstacles will obscure her chances of getting what she wants.

At some point, we even wonder if the trauma of what happened to her and her family didn’t make her crazy, but I still liked her character because even if she is more emotional now, she still has this brilliant mind.

I also feel like her family was less present than in the other books even if they were there. I don’t know if it’s because I feel like there were less communications between them or what, but I didn’t feel their presence as much which is a shame because I really liked them; even Matty who had a lot to deal with too in this book.

Some characters I wouldn’t have mind never seeing again because I just feel like they didn’t bring anything to the story. I just found them annoying for the few times they were there.

The whole book went really quickly and I feel like a lot was left out of it, but even if the ending is somewhat predictable, I still liked to see how all of it came together at the end. Some of it like I said was predictable, but other stuff still surprised me a little.

I will admit that I wouldn’t mind another book to see a bit more about this family and how they deal with everything in the aftermath of what they learned; of what they dealt with. I’d like to read more about the infamous sister Katherine that I still feel like we didn’t learn much about her throughout this book. I felt like the authors tried to end this book too quickly because it leaves us wondering more about what happened to her more than it satisfies our curiosity. So much could have been said to shed some light on her situation, but they didn’t and that’s why I would love a novella.

This book might give us some answers that we have been looking for, but I still have a lot of questions on my mind that would like to know the answers to.

So overall, I found this book enjoyable, but still feel like this book was rushed and it could have lasted a few more pages if only to give us readers the impression that everything was answered.
Profile Image for Ricky.
Author 8 books159 followers
November 12, 2015
I was expecting a wild and insane finale for the Confessions series. Maybe it didn't exactly fit the bill, but other than the surprisingly limited action, this fourth and last book was a satisfying conclusion, if only because it finally brings the Angel family drama full circle. The sci-fi elements popping up in books 2 and 3 are toned down somewhat (even though those were what I most enjoyed about those books, it's okay that this book is a little bit more grounded in reality, despite the continued use of dream sequences and forced commitments for Tandy to give this series an urban Gothic feel.) The romance is largely gone too, because let's face it, Tandy and James are through after his cheating on her (and props to her for not immediately seeking another shoulder to cry on, because I'm sure even without the pills influencing her mood or lack thereof, it would be out of character for her to need a cuddle monkey that badly.)

It's pretty sad that this year saw the endings of four of my favorite Patterson YA series, but I can always hope the man comes up with another one. And hey, the preview of First Love at the back of this book looks pretty interesting, to say the least.

Friend, this is my time to say ave atque vale.
Profile Image for kari.
848 reviews
May 5, 2016
Quite disappointing, actually.
If this is really the last book in the series, then I'm left with too many questions. The ending, such as it is, is too abrupt and I kept waiting for there to be some twist, some villain to appear that I wasn't expecting and that never happened. I kept waiting for some explanation about the love interest. There are several more things listed here to avoid spoilers If you are going to have one entire book and half the next about the love interest, it simply can't end in this way.
There were a few continuity errors that bothered me, but I can ignore that.
So, at this point, I'm not sure the payoff is worth reading four books.
Profile Image for Veronica Morfi.
Author 3 books401 followers
September 11, 2017
Unfortunately, this series has been getting worse and worse. I loved the Angels in the first book with all their weirdness and also the mysteries of the first couple of books were more interesting than the last two
Profile Image for Abbie.
1,525 reviews
December 15, 2015
Finally! The end of a series. It wasn't as exciting as I would havr liked. I was expecting a bigger ending but oh well. There were still a lot of questions left unanswered so but at least Tandy's happy.
Profile Image for Ivy.
1,437 reviews76 followers
November 9, 2017
5 stars

Glad that they were finally able to stop Angel Pharm. Also glad that Katherine doesn't have to hide anymore. Hope Peter rots in prison. Also hope Tandy will be able to find love again. Good luck to the Angel kids!!!!

Can't wait to read more of James Patterson's books!!!!!
Profile Image for Yvonne (It's All About Books).
1,987 reviews250 followers
May 6, 2017

Finished reading: May 5th 2017

"There were three sides to this story: hers, his, and mine. But who cares about theirs? My side had been vetted and psychiatrically approved."

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20 reviews
January 12, 2016
When Any Ending Will Do

The series ends with a fizzle. Things get wrapped up, but not so nearly satisfactory as they should have been. Some developments along the way directly contradict information we've already been given and shown to be true. The authors don't even bother to give the really implausible plot points implausible solutions.

Pacing is a problem. There were points where I felt like I was re-reading the first 3 books in the series. Did we still need this much exposition? The entire "confessions" format is even more irritating when we are not offered any new information or insights. I almost feel like the authors forgot to write new confessions so they just plopped in passages from previous books, or even from previous chapters.

The level of writing and plotting is poor. The solution is even revealed early on to the savvy reader. So early that I actually thought I had to be wrong until I came to a chapter heading that confirmed my suspicion.

Good-bye Tandy Angel, I hope we never meet again.

As my parting gift here is a list of surprising revelations contained in Confessions 4 that contain mild potential spoilers:

-People living in multi-level multi-million dollar apartments in prestigious New York city buildings are reduced to using basement laundry rooms
-A major Paris perfume house would market a perfume named Tandoori
-A school can be both a modern "one room schoolhouse" and also contain separate class rooms with doors and hallways
-The righteous have no qualms about putting hundreds of people out of work.

Profile Image for Louisa.
6,781 reviews31 followers
October 28, 2015
Really awesome book, and I really enjoyed it! Some flaws, like a bit over dramatic, a bit short, with some details that I would've really loved to get!
Profile Image for Elise.
90 reviews10 followers
October 16, 2017
Does this guy’s marketing person even read the books?
I don’t know
It certainly wasn’t thrilling
The plot was like all the other books stacked together. Every few seconds “he gets arrested! She gets shot at! I hate my parents!”
This series probably should’ve been a standalone, to be honest?
Profile Image for Kathy.
20 reviews51 followers
January 11, 2016
Ugghhhhh! Why does it seem like authors are under so much pressure to put that next, and often final, book out it causes it to seem rushed and lacking in some way. I felt this way with the twilight series, I was disappointed with Mockingjay, same with Allegiant. It just seems like a big huh oh ok. When it should be WOW THE WAS AMAZING!! Like how I felt putting down book 7 of Harry Potter. The sadness I felt then was because that was it, it was over. It felt like saying goodbye to a great friend. This book the sadness is because the great friend moved away in the middle of the night and left a note....not really but that's my analogy

Ok so for the first three books of the Confessions series I was white knuckling the books. The twists the turns the excitement. While the first three books felt like a Jason Bourne movie this felt like the trailer to a Jason Bourne movie. A glimpse of the action, the buildup of what brought you here and then just giving you the end on some things and not even address one of the MAJOR themes throughout the book hardly at all! The book was 272 pages I think, it felt like it should be about 400. That's how much was either left out or wrapped up so quickly it betrayed the whole rest of the series. Really disappointing. It was still ok. I was actually debating a two star rating and that, for me, is a big deal. I'm sad, i feel like I got broken up over text, went home to have all his stuff gone and got cheated that good knock down drag out fight.

One other thing If you're reading this review I am assuming you have read the entire series so me mentioning the pills isn't giving anything away. Even if you haven't it's really not a spoiler since it is explained right off in book one. Now all I want to say is if I had the experience they did with THEIR OWN PARENTS giving them meds and experimenting on them with meds. I would NEVER Take any meds given to me by ANYONE ever again. Maybe I'm weird idk, but if they people than are supposed to love and protect me above ANYTHING , why wouldn't ANYONE. Anyway that's all i have to say about that.

We fans of this book deserved a better final book from this series. I feel cheated. It's not all about making money and striking when the irons hot. It's being true to your story, yourself, and your readers.
Profile Image for Vicki.
2,153 reviews84 followers
November 28, 2015
I'm glad to finally have my questions answered! Although I kept questioning throughout the book who was really doing what, as it turned out

Tandy is snarky and gutsy and one brave little girl to fight what seemed like the entire world the way she did.
She was being attacked and had attempted murders committed but she made it through all of it, almost unscathed.

Gosh...I can't do this right now. I'll have to come back to finish because I am WAY too tired!

Profile Image for Erin .
1,214 reviews1,121 followers
March 16, 2016
The Murder of an Angel is a disappointing and anti climatic end to the Confessions series. I don't recommend it.
Profile Image for Dana-Rae.
101 reviews35 followers
August 19, 2018
I liked the book but I felt like it was more fast than the other in the series. I also felt like we got closure but at the same time I wish there had if been more. All in all it was a good book and I recommend reading it.
Profile Image for Kevin.
397 reviews1 follower
August 1, 2019
Sloppy ending. First book in series the best but it was all downhill from there--especially this 4th book. You're better than this, James Patterson. Don't create a book series unless you set out to be brilliant.
Profile Image for Annika Ringnalda.
168 reviews4 followers
May 4, 2022
4.25 A great conclusion! I truly felt awful for Tandy throughout this entire story and really enjoyed the whole book. My one complaint is that I felt it was incredibly obvious from the start who was going to betray her, so the plot twist definitely didn’t shock me.
Profile Image for Katie.
235 reviews7 followers
April 29, 2019
A great conclusion to the series! Tandy is being attacked, but by who? And why does no one believe her? Can she figure it out before they kill her for good?
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