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 relationships; an influential family on the brink of demise, and the real culprits of the crime.
My first foray into the world of audio books decimated my initial abhorrence to them. I thought that I would not be able to enjoy having read the story out loud to me, and thought I would be easily distracted. I was wrong. Once I got used to the voice of the narrator, I was swept in the tide of the story. It is a bit weird, at first, to not be able to decipher voices between characters, and Emma Galvin certainly did her best. However, once I got past the idea that this is not an attempt to re-enact the drama unfolding in the novel, but simply another way to tell the story, I’ve learned to appreciate the hard work involved in giving the novel justice.
Incidentally, this is also my first Patterson book. I know investigative mysteries are his forte, so what I got is simply that. This tells the story of the genesis of Tandy Angel’s career as a young detective. She certainly has the right mind set for it; she’s intuitive, detail-oriented, and intelligent. The best characteristic of a suspenseful mystery is its ability to keep the reader guessing, while relatively being kept in the dark. This book accomplished that. I have the patience of a four-year-old toddler when it comes to revelations, so I had to practice great restraints with this one. I had to resist the urge to break open my physical copy just to find out who really killed the Angel parental units.
There is so much more to this story than what the first book offered. There is a mystery behind the death of Tandy’s older sister; a boy who got tangled in the Angel family, and have consequently disappeared; and the older Angel, Matt, is currently in prison suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend who was pregnant when she was killed. All of these story arches comprised the single reason why I wanted to continue on with the series. I am absolutely salivating.
My Two Cents:
Buy it. The writing duo of James Patterson and Maxine Paetra created a novel cloaked in a multitude of mysteries. Readers will be riding shotgun as Tandy and her siblings unravel all the secrets behind closed-doors of a prominent family. This was quite a ride, indeed!