Confessions of a Murder Suspect
Booklist Reviews 2012 July #1
Scoring low on credibility but high on sordid family secrets, Patterson's first venture into realistic YA fiction opens with a high-powered couple found dead in their bedroom in New York's hyperexclusive Dakota apartment building. Murder? The police and the couple's 16-year-old daughter, Tandy Angel, think so—but since the apartment was locked up for the night, the only suspects are her and her three brothers. Tandy hints that she's an unreliable narrator but actually turns out to be just an unsystematic one, with a habit of mixing developments in her investigation with fragmentary flashbacks and labored innuendo. In the wake of revelations ranging from romantic traumas and affairs to the lurid news that the Angel children had been fed experimental cocktails of mind- and body-altering drugs since birth, the truth about the deaths comes out at last, after a lame discovery. Reading the whip-quick chapters in Patterson and Paetro's series starter is ultimately akin to combing the tabloids for reports on the outrageous behavior of the filthy rich. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The marketing push behind this opener to Patterson's first teen mystery series is every bit as muscular as expected, with a campaign that'll spread the word to every corner of the YA market. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
After her parents are murdered, Tandy Angel is determined to find the killer. But she faces a daunting obstacle: she and her brothers are the primary suspects. Although the writing can be coy, Tandy's revelations about the overachieving Angel kids' drug-enhanced, filthy-rich upbringing are riveting. Loose ends may trouble readers--or leave them eager for a sequel.
PW Reviews 2012 July #4
Bestsellers Patterson and Paetro, the team behind the Women's Murder Club series for adults, launch a YA mystery series with an implausible story with no moral center and multiple ludicrous plot twists. When the parents of four hypertalented children are murdered, emotionless 16-year-old Tandy; her musical prodigy twin, Harrison; angry 10-year-old Hugo; and 20-something NFL star Matthew become both suspects and detectives. Their abusive, manipulative parents are hardly sympathetic victims (they feed their children experimental pharmaceutical drugs and dole out draconian punishments), but the locked door to their New York City penthouse suggests that only the children—or their mother's live-in personal assistant—could be the killers. The intriguing setup loses cohesion amid bumbling cops (key scenes revolve around their inability to find evidence right in front of them), preposterous twists, inexplicable motivations (including characters who keep secrets for their own sake), and a final revelation that cements the police officers' incompetence. For writers with their crime-writing experience, Patterson and Paetro show little interest in common sense, motivation, or believable storytelling. Ages 12–up. Agent: Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (Sept.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC