Confessions: The Private School Murders

Confessions: The Private School Murders (Confessions, #2)

Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Wealthy young women are being murdered, and the police aren’t looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. Her first case was the mystery of her parents’ deaths. Now she’s working to exonerate her brother of his girlfriend’s homicide. And danger just got closer. One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy’s own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer… and Tandy perfectly fits the profile of the killer’s targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim? James Patterson keeps the confessions coming as Tandy delves deeper into her own tumultuous history and the skeletons in the Angel family closet.

I’ve read a lot of James Patterson’s novels. Particularly the Maximum Ride series – I loved them. And I really love Tandy, the protagonist in this series. She reminds me a lot of Max.

In the first novel in the series, Tandy is introduced as (basically) a robot. She doesn’t have normal emotions . . . Actually, it’s safe to say she literally has no emotions at all.

And that’s what really makes her an interesting narrator. In the first novel, she could look at the death of her parents from a completely separate point of view. She doesn’t cry over her parents’ deaths, and she never really does. And it’s not all chalked up to what her parents were doing to her and her brothers, it had to do with how they treated her, how they saw her in their grand scheme of the fantastic Angel children.

I quite liked this sequel, but in all honestly, the first was much better. Part of that had to do with Tandy being the way she was in the first novel – completely devoid of feeling. That sounds strange, I know, but it’s what made her stand out from all the other YA female protagonists. She wasn’t crying all the time and didn’t feel scared about being left alone and having to take care of herself in the throw of vicious media coverage and being a murder suspect.

But that’s mostly gone in this sequel. Tandy cries now, a lot. And I completely get why, but some of that uniqueness of the original Tandy Angel was gone. I also didn’t like that Harry and Hugo didn’t seem to have a big a part as in the first book. Don’t get me wrong, they’re there through the whole book, but it felt they just faded into the background. Actually, everyone but Tandy felt that way. In the first book, it seemed like it was the crew of Angels sticking together through the media and being murder suspects, and of course Tandy’s going to be the center of it all, but you still got the feeling that her siblings had main parts in her story. Now, they just become members of her family that tagged along on her adventures. We didn’t find out anything great about them, and – quite frankly – they seemed like they were just there to be foils to Tandy’s character, with one or two things to make you remember that they’re part of the story too.

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