Sunday, 29 May 2016

Confessions series including Confessions: The Murder of An Angel by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Young Adult, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

Books 1-3

Book 4
 November 2016, Arrow (Young), 304 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Book summary
In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Confessions series, Tandy Angel's next murder case could be her own!

Tandy Angel is losing her mind – or so she thinks. Even as she's forced to fight for the family company, she's imagining new dangers in every shadow. And as her detective prowess is called into question and her paranoia builds, she has to face the very real possibility that the stalker she's convinced will take her life could be all in her head – or the very real danger that finally brings her down.

Nayu's thoughts
This is an incredible 4 book thriller series which I'm a total fangirl of! I'd read book 1 Confessions of A Murder Suspect a few months ago, and had to have such a long break because winter isn't liked by my body and I needed fluffy bunny stories then. So with Spring slash Summer here for a few hot days  I picked up book 2, Confessions: The Private School Murders, and within 2 paragraphs I remembered just how much I adored book 1, so I reread it to be sure I knew the full story. 

I read book 2 immediately after that, then book Confessions: The Paris Mysteries and book 4 Confessions: The Murder of An Angel. I loved them so much I'm getting them as audiobooks. These books have eveything I love! Tandy is a wonderful protagonist, making a lot of mistakes but equally seeing things others don't. It's because of her that the truth about her parents is found, she manages to save her brother from a life in jail, she saves everyone in her building from death, and finally brings her uncle to justice. While I wish I had been brave enough to read this series sooner (sorry Alma books), it was worth the wait. 

I hated having to stop for boring life essential activities like dinner and dishes while reading the 4th book, because I didn't know who to trust and didn't want to put it down. I had a whole load of theories about Jacob and Tandy's brothers, which thankfully fell through. I'd have been devastated if any of them had been involved in the complex psychotic mess that Tandy was stuck in. I love the confessional chapters in all the books which delve into more emotional parts which Tandy needs to let out, especially as she is just coming to grips with having emotions. It is obscene that her parents pumped drugs into her and her brothers most of their lives to create perfect, robotic superhumans. The depths of their cruelty is spread out over all 4 books, as is the intrigue surrounding Katherine's death. 

The more I read the more I loved Tandy. Every moment she spent with her family had me both smiling and laughing. It's not a surprise when her brothers go off the rails, even if I did groan at them jeopardising their future. I loved how Jacob provided them with a proper family structured life, with rule breaking being punished and success celebrated with parties. Tandy and her brothers thrive away from their parents' grasp, and I wish there was another tale about their future, but I can imagine it myself. 

While I was worried at the start of book 3 that I wouldn't like the rest of the series as it was slushy teen romance, I was more than happy with the direction the story took. While her parents' reaction to James was extreme, I felt that it was a good depiction of what so called love is felt as a teen with hormones in control and rationality out the window. I was shocked beyond belief by when someone betrays Tandy in such a way that she doubts everyone around her. I'd loved that character up until that point, and the about turn of their previously kind and fumny nature was the punch in the gut.

There is so much to fangirl over in this 4 book series: the humour, the family ties, the fear in every chapter that Tandy will die, (it felt like that) they incredible and unexpected plot twists that blew my theories away that I really urge you to read it. Looking forwarding to listening to it while I crochet and sew! 

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