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4.0 out of 5 stars Under Suspicion, 27 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Confessions of a Murder Suspect: (Confessions 1) (Kindle Edition)
In the middle of the night, two police officers arrive at the door of the Angel family Dakota penthouse following an emergency call. They discover the dead bodies of Maud and Michael Angel lying on their bed. No signs of a break in or robbery. The other occupants are the children of the deceased, 16 year old twins Tandy and Harry, their 10 year old brother Hugo and Maud's personal assistant Samantha. Maud was a hedge-fund manager and Michael co-owner of a pharmaceutical company with brother Peter. Tandy narrates the book. She and the police believe the deaths were perpetrated from someone within the home.

The children have been raised on a strict regimen of reward and punishment to become overachievers with no overt show of emotion, all sociopaths according to Tandy. She is an academic, Harry a virtuoso pianist, Hugo a miniature superstrong battleship and the oldest brother Matthew a top Pro-Footballer for the New York Giants. Tandy believes she can, and must, solve the mystery of her parents' death and is better suited than the police. (She has studied criminology and homicide as well as being a multilinguist who is researching the effects of radiation on the Pacific!). As the narrator, she addresses the reader at the beginning of some chapters with frivolous remarks such as 'Dear reader, we're just getting to know each other', 'be patient', 'it'll be worth the wait', 'please don't think I'm completely full of myself' and so on. These can be irksome. The family, Samantha, Uncle Peter and neighbours are suspects. Tandy has memory lapses and is even unsure of her own actions. There seems to be little love for their parents and motives for the deaths from within and outside the family circle are plentiful. There is plenty of theorising if a tad short on action.

The plot stretches the imagination of the reader to almost science fiction. The content although largely implausible, keeps the interest and after a slow start picks up pace in the last third of the book. Unexpected turns, revelations and confessions occur with a final twist at the end that the astute reader may have considered. Most is explained but not finalised. This stand alone book is an O.K. and entertaining read. It is a deviation from the style of Patterson's better known work. Written with collaborator Maxine Paetro.
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