Book: The Private School Murders (Confessions #2)
Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Published: October 7, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
Summary: In the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Murder Suspect, James Patterson keeps the confessions coming breathlessly as Tandy Angel delves deeper into her own tumultuous history-and proves that she can rise above the sordid Angel legacy.
Wealthy young women are being murdered on Manhattan’s exclusive Upper West Side, and the police aren’t looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. The first case she cracked was the mystery of her parents’ deaths. Now, while she’s working to exonerate her brother of his glamorous girlfriend’s homicide, she’s driven to get involved in the West Side murder spree.
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, but the NYPD isn’t listening to her…and Tandy can’t ignore the disturbing fact that she perfectly fits the profile of the killer’s targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim?
My Review: I’ve never really been one for murder mysteries or mystery books in general. I have access to dozens, since my mom loves murder mysteries, but I just can’t get into them. And trust me, I have tried. I like the idea of that kind of book, I just don’t like the actual book. I know, I know, it’s weird. But I’m weird and I’ve finally come to terms with that fact.
So past all that, I’m an idiot. I didn’t realize this was a series. I just saw the cool book cover in Barnes & Noble and I was rushing because my mom gave me a time limit to buy a book, so I grabbed it and ran. I’m definitely not passing up someone buying me a book, so I booked (see what I did there?) it to the register after grabbing it. Even when I was reading it I didn’t realize it was a series because they introduced all of the characters as if it were the first book. But now I get to go back and actually read it properly and get the first one.
Okay, now past past that, this book was so good. I literally read it in a single day. It’s near 450 pages and it only took me 6 hours to read it. Of course, I read through dinner and pretended like I didn’t have homework, so that probably helped. I got to spend the next day doing all of said homework I neglected, so that probably wasn’t my best idea, but it was worth it. I always liked to think I’d be able to finish this sort of book in one day, but honestly there were so many pages and I was so shocked I actually finished it as quickly as I did.
The book reminded me of Pretty Little Liars; if I have to compare it to any book, it would be Pretty Little Liars. It’s about a rich girl, which the girls in PLL are, running around and trying to solve murder cases, which they do in PLL, the first season at least, and it’s also hilarious, just like PLL is. However, if you’ve read the books for Pretty Little Liars, I wouldn’t say this book is like that much at all. It’s much more like the show, which I’m starting to like better anyways.
End game: if you like Pretty Little Liars or younger types of murder mysteries, this is for you. To me, it was like a YA version of Patterson’s other books, which I might actually contemplate reading now.. After I get through my giant TBR list that is.
And the ending, oh my god. If you haven’t read it, don’t fret, I shan’t spoil it for you. But seriously, I loved it. I know the third just came out so you better believe I’ve already got that on my Kindle ready to read.
I just loved it so much.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!
Rating: 5 pumpkin cats
( Side note, I haven’t actually edited and read over this review, I have to go out for a bit, but when I get back I’ll probably find a bajillion mistypes. But that’s all good. )