The Private School Murders [Confessions, #2] by James Patterson and Maxine Paetra

Little, Brown & Company BYR | Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication Date: October 7th, 2013
Young Adult | Suspense | Mystery
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

The Private School Murders continues the story of Tandy and her siblings. Recently orphaned, and soon-to-be destitute, the Angel kids didn’t really know how they’re to survived a world where they are held with equal parts contempt and awe by the public. Especially when Matt Angel, the oldest of the siblings, remains incarcerated for the double murder of his ex-girlfriend and their unborn child.

In the meantime, a lot of things are happening all at once: their uncle handed his guardianship title to a virtual stranger; there’s a mysterious infestation of exotic, venomous reptiles, spiders, and snakes in The Dakota, and a serial killer on the loose bent on killing rich teens. At the same time, James Rampling continues to plagued her thoughts. Now that she’s off the pills, she’s slowly able to decipher dream James to reality James. She’s even more determined to find him. But with everything that’s going on in her life, and with very little resources to go on, it seems utterly hopeless.

I’m giving this book five stars. That’s right; five stars. It’s rare. Really rare, but when a book is as consuming as this, and the characters are those I’ve come to love, it’s a no-brainer. Don’t get me wrong, there were some problems with this book; the pinnacle of which is the amount of subplots that didn’t really have anything to do with the major plot. I’m talking about the double murder case against Matt Angel. Most of the not-so-good feedbacks about this book griped about  how little  much time Tandy spent piecing together any clues about who murdered Tamara Gee (Matt’s ex). There was no fact finding of any kind. It came to her in one instant, and nearly to the end of the book. She spent more time contemplating about James and reminiscing. It seems that she hardly did any work at all. Now, if this was another book, I’d probably tossed it aside and give it a three star rating, tops. But I can’t. Regardless, I have mad love for this series.

In as much as I have an unhealthy obsession with the Angel siblings, this book introduced me to a couple of new characters that made the family dynamics infinitely better. Jacob Perlman, their new guardian and C.P., Harry’s girlfriend. They are just the perfect addition to this family. And of course, I’ve long since made my peace with the formerly cantankerous Sargent Caputo, which eradicates my need to twitch whenever Tandy had to deal with him. He became another unlikely older figure to watch over the trouble-seeking Tandy.

It was brilliant, really. Giving free copies of the first book on Sync; because otherwise, how else would I’ve known how engrossing these are? It also made me buy the second book, and most likely, I’ll be lining up for the third book as well. I don’t really care how flawed this book is. I’m exercising my right to love freely and without judgement. 🙂

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