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Confessions of a Murder Suspect
By: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Like all of Patterson's works, this is a quick read. Big type, large margins, tiny chapters, all help to make this a fast page turner. Of course, the premise is intriguing, and that's what got me hooked.
Although I did find myself compelled to read the story, it felt a bit like some of his other works, i.e., there's the lead character who seems to be something more than normal, parents are gone, there's a bigger conspiracy than first thought, etc. We've seen this from Patterson before.
While the level of writing certainly is aimed to a young adult crowd, maybe even middle school to some extent, there are adult themes: murder, crazy parents, suicide, affairs (nothing graphic or anything, they're simply there), etc.. Maybe I'm getting more sensitive as my baby gets closer to the target audience, but I'm not sure when I'd want her reading this too soon. However, it's a bit juvenile to be an adult mystery.
The conclusion is rather anti-climactic, and it certainly leaves the reader with a lot of questions. (I think to get you to read the next book in the series, Confessions: The Private School Murders.)
I rate this book as okay. I spent two afternoons an it, and that's about what it deserved. Borrow it from the library, but don't buy it.
That's my two cents.