In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott says, “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

My hope is that this is what books become to you—as important as almost anything else on earth. This blog is about helping you find the miracle in these small, flat, rigid squares of paper while you are in middle school and beyond. Once you read alongside me, you are forever a member of my tribe of readers. No matter how you old you are, when you need to be reminded of the power of a good story, you will find me here, waiting to place one in your hands.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

copyright date: September 2012
primarily marketed for: young adults

I love a good murder mystery.  Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is just that.

Although the writing will not amaze you with literary quality, the story is well structured and manages to wrap itself up satisfactorily while still leaving loose ends enough to leave readers yearning for the next in what is sure to become a series.

Tandy, short for Tandoori, Angel is one of four children left behind after her parents, the wealthy and well-known Malcolm and Maud Angel, are murdered.  There are no signs of forced entry and nobody heard any noise.  The factual evidence leaves only Tandy, her three brothers, and her mother’s live-in assistant as suspects. 

The story is told in Tandy’s voice, including chapters titled ‘Confession’ that seem to let readers deeper into her story by revealing background.  Throughout the book it is clear that although Tandy is clearly searching for clues as to who might have murdered her parents, her information is not to be trusted and readers are unable to rule her out as a suspect since she is not even sure whether or not she was involved. 

Although the story is probably a little far-fetched I enjoyed the outlandish details like the family living at the Dakota apartments outside which John Lennon was shot.  I particularly liked the over the top artwork Malcolm and Maud collected and the storyline surrounding their scientific experiments intrigued me. 

Even though I had guessed pieces of the outcome of the story, there were still many surprises along the way and the story was satisfying.  If you enjoy a good murder mystery, this is a series you are going to want to start following.

1 comment:

  1. I just finished this as well! Totally AGREE! I couldn't wait to see "how they did it".