Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Publication Date: September 12th, 2012
Hachette Audio | Narrated by: Emma Galvin
Source: Sync
Young Adult | Suspense | Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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!


  • Thanks! Sometimes I only have time for a grocery store book ( especially during summer traveling). This fits the bill!

  • To this day i’ve never been able to properly get inro an audio book lol but i am intrigued by this story! i’ll have to look out for it! I’m all for a thrilling read!

  • James Patterson has a penchant for creating action-packed novels, and I’m glad you enjoyed this one Joy! Sounds like it was very thrilling 🙂

  • I love mysteries, but I still haven’t read anything by Patterson, even if many of my friend love him. The book sounds scary, but interesting too. Glad that your first experience with audio book was good :). I still haven’t tried it out, but last week I won one, so we’ll see…

  • heyyy welcome to the world of audiobooks!! Not all audiobooks are created equal but in general I love them. There are some REALLY great narrators out there and sometimes I think the experience is BETTER than reading. Anyway, I like investigative mysteries so I might see if one of my libraries has the audio of this (yes I have multiple libraries) 🙂

  • Faye M.

    I was a huge fan of James Patterson back in the day, like in grade school and high school. I would go to the Book Rentals and rent every 2-3 days, to the point that I exhausted all of his works. When that happened, there was a long pause, and I’ve yet to read another James Patterson book @_@ It seems it’s still as good if you were able to like it that much! I have something to look forward to, then! o/

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

  • I happen to have this book – it was sent to me unsolicited last year. I don’t normally go in for mysteries but now I won’t dump it in the donate pile after all.

  • Mystery def sounds well done in this opne.

  • I’ve never read anything from Patterson, but I have his book ‘Zoo’. This sounds like something that can be made into a movie 😀

  • Sabrinamk

    I’m so excited to listen to this after reading your review. Like you, I downloaded it on Sync a few weeks ago. I’ll have to make time for it soon!

  • I haven’t given audio books a shot in a while and I am wondering if I’ll respond better to them now than I did before but I also feel like I’d easily get distracted. I also feel like listening to an audio book would make it harder for my imagination to run wild 😛

    I am glad to hear however that the experience worked out for you overall!

    I’ve read a couple books by Patterson but after the last one I read, I’ve decided to avoid his books because I was pretty let down :/

    BUT I am glad that you enjoyed this!!! 🙂

    Fantastic Review, Joy!! 🙂

  • Oh it’s the first time I hear about this one but I love the cover and I’m always up for a good mystery! I think I could like this one as well. Great review!

  • This is your first James Patterson? I used to devour all of his books before I discovered my love for YA books. His books are always so entertaining. I’m happy that this was a great experience for you, Joy.
    I’ve never read an audiobook either because I’m ready to hate them, but everyone seems to have a good experience with them! I definitely need to try some one of these days. 🙂
    Great review, Joy!

  • Christy

    Glad your audiobook experience worked out. I’ve read his other series … the one with the bird kids. I forgot what they’re call, but they were good. This sounds interesting though.

  • I really loved this book (both books actually) when I read them. I think it’s one that would translate pretty well to audio too, but I’m not sure. Glad you enjoyed!

  • This one sounds interesting…Glad you loved it Joy!

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • I don’t think this would be a book for me at the moment, but ohh. So glad that you mostly loved it 😀 Amazing review sweetie. <3 I do love murder mysteries, though only in YA at the moment, lol. But ohh. That cover looks kind of pretty 🙂 Thank you for sharing. <3

  • I’ve never read anything by Patterson but I have been thinking about it. Nice to know that it’s something that keeps you guessing. I’m not an audiobook person, so I’ll probably grab the paperback copy~

  • I have this one on my kindle and am so excited you loved it. I haven’t had luck with audio on the past but I am glad you enjoyed this one so much, maybe you just have to have the write story and narrator to make it all work?

    Wonderful review!

  • I’m kicking myself now for not getting this on Sync when it was free! Damn me! I have never read anything from James Patterson and this one sounds like a good book to start with, especially since you’ve enjoyed it! And I’m glad you enjoyed listening to it on audio Joy! The first time I tried it was World War Z and I kept falling asleep lol. It took me 6 months to give audiobooks another shot and now I listen as much as I read 🙂

  • I find myself easily distracted by audiobooks, but I do think I’ll try them out again in the future. 🙂 I’ve read a few books from Patterson before and enjoyed them, but those were his YA ones. I have one of his adult mystery books so maybe I should give it a shot! Glad you enjoyed this one, Joy. 🙂

  • I’m so happy you finally tried an audiobook! I’ve never heard of this one before but it sounds really good!

  • I enjoyed this one too. I am reviewing it next week. 🙂