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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 fo 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?


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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 fo 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?

30 review for The Private School Murders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Penny Naimsworth

    I gave this book a one-star rating based on what goodreads defines as "one star." Simply put, I just didn't like the book. Now here's why... 1) Tandy: Argh, I read the first book in this series a long time ago, so I don't know how I felt about her then, but I can tell you now that I. Just. Don't. Like. Her! She just comes off as a pretentious know-it-all. I hated the way that she constantly dissed the NYPD and kept saying that she had "super-sharp instincts." The worst part is that she actually so I gave this book a one-star rating based on what goodreads defines as "one star." Simply put, I just didn't like the book. Now here's why... 1) Tandy: Argh, I read the first book in this series a long time ago, so I don't know how I felt about her then, but I can tell you now that I. Just. Don't. Like. Her! She just comes off as a pretentious know-it-all. I hated the way that she constantly dissed the NYPD and kept saying that she had "super-sharp instincts." The worst part is that she actually solves the crimes in such stupid ways, which leads me to my next gripe... 2) The Plot: First of all, the title is sort of misleading. Sure, private school murders happen, but that's not really the crux of the story. No, the story is mostly about Tandy constantly pining over a boy that she knew for only, what, two weeks? I don't necessarily have a problem with that, but I thought this was a detective novel, not a love drama. And the detective work was really half-assed. Picture this: a FAMOUS actress is murdered in her house (or apartment complex, condo, etc.), the person being blamed is another FAMOUS person, and they are living in NEW YORK. The victim was murdered in only one room of her house. Now, do you think that crime scene investigators for a famous murder in New York would actually only just scan that one room? Well, according to Tandy's world, of course that's the only logical course for the NYPD. Argh!!! Seriously? I'm sure you can now guess how Tandy "cracked the case." (view spoiler)[She found blood prints on the dumbwaiter elevator in the broom closet. Yeah, 'cause it would be unthinkable for the CSI to check every room in the house when the crime happened in only one room. *rolls eyes* (hide spoiler)] Picture this: a whole bunch of girls with only a very thin connection (they are all private school students) are murdered. It is discovered that one of the girls was taking a certain antidepressant. Naturally, the pharmaceutical is checked out and a talk about the dead girls as if they were still alive ensues. Also naturally, the janitor/worker/whatever person just happens to hear this conversation and decides to stalk the investigator even though the investigator didn't find out anything. Obviously, the stalker (who also happens to be a murderer) will wait until the he is point-blank with the victim before he takes out his gun, has a casual conversation with the victim, and finally decides, "Hey, maybe I'll shoot you before you start screaming... oops, too late." Uh huh. All serial cases are solved like that these days. Picture this: A lot of POISONOUS creatures are found in a 5-star apartment complex. The entire complex is then searched and a meeting is called to the residents in which a floor plan of the entire complex is shown. Now, an investigator with super-sharp instincts will obviously discover that there is a slight problem with the floor plan. The investigator then takes the obvious course of action, which is to go into a room (after bribing the doorman for his master keys) that could possibly be the source of all these POISONOUS (also known as DEADLY) creatures without telling anyone about this possibility (because the investigator believes that the specialists probably didn't check this room for the creatures 'cause of the problem with the floor plan *facepalm*). Well, obviously, the investigator is right and discovers the source of all the creatures along with a dead body. The investigator then leaves the room unharmed, contacts the specialists, and is hailed as a PI hero! I... Oh my gosh... I can't even... So basically, everybody except Tandy, has a peanut-sized brain and.... Just no, forget it. I could've forgiven maybe one of these "cases" being solved in such stupid ways, but ALL of them. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻) 3) Ha, there is no three. That was basically the entire book. Sure, the writing wasn't particularly bad, but as I said, one-star means that I just simply didn't like the book. In my opinion, you can read it as a light novel to pass the time, but don't expect any serious detective work from this.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty-Marie Jones

    Oh dear everything that's holy, my heart hurts. It freaking hurts. The Private School Murders kicks off three months after Confessions of A Murder Suspect, Matthew's still in jail pending trial on a charge, the mystery of James Rampling is fracturing, and we get to know him and oh my fictional guy. This is the part where I could gush and fangirl, but you know what? James Rampling deserves more, so I'm saying I wish this guy was real. So damn real. Anyway, back to topic, where was I? Right... The A Oh dear everything that's holy, my heart hurts. It freaking hurts. The Private School Murders kicks off three months after Confessions of A Murder Suspect, Matthew's still in jail pending trial on a charge, the mystery of James Rampling is fracturing, and we get to know him and oh my fictional guy. This is the part where I could gush and fangirl, but you know what? James Rampling deserves more, so I'm saying I wish this guy was real. So damn real. Anyway, back to topic, where was I? Right... The Angels are still staying in the Dakota, and though their parents are dead, they're still worming their way into their lives, like the worms were probably worming their way into them. Too morbid? Well, let's add a little more. Female private school girls are turning up dead, executioner style, and once it starts hitting someone Tandy knows she puts it upon herself to find the killer. Weird things are going on, in their building deadly reptiles, arachnids are crawling out of the woodwork and their new appointed guardian and ex-military Jacob are treating them like family, and even hugs them. For once the Angels' have a schedule, rules and a somewhat stabilised life with someone looking out for them instead of themselves. You're in for a rollercoaster ride, dear friend. There's a lot going on in The Private School Murders, three on-going investigations, the forgotten memories of true love, and ladies and gentleman, the real Tandy Angel has arrived. And she takes no prisoners. This was. So. Good. So. Freaking. Good. It's been a while since a book has totally consumed me, I mean, I've read loads that I like, some that I really like, but there's just something about this that's so addicting, and I kept reading chapter after chapter wanting it to never end. Tandy's far from perfect, nor are the other characters, but they're unique characters that work well together and though know nothing of a real family, they are one. They're beginning to find out who they really are, and it's harder for the older ones, since they're most set in their ways than the youngest, Hugo. But, they're getting on with their lives, they're living, breathing, and things may be different, they may have changed slightly, but they're still the same. All the characteristics that made them who they are, especially Harry and Tandy, are still there, they're just more potent and clean than it used to be. We also get more insight into who they are, too, especially Tandy and what was done to her. Now completely off the pills, she uses her skills for good, and she uncovers a lot more than the detectives do. It also puts her in more danger. We also finally see the sixteen year old girl she should have been, in flashbacks with James Rampling, you can see how much they really loved each other, and that starts breaking through to this Tandy. Though Malcolm and Maud are dead, what they done is still alive and effecting her even now, and it is foul and disgusting and cruel and psychotic, but she's still breathing, and though it hurts she's still rediscovering James, how much she loved him and how it felt to be loved by him, and it's truly heart-breaking. I liked Tandy more this time round, she's more human and less the mechanical robot Malcolm and Maud wanted their children to be, she's found her calling, she's trying to find her love, but most of all she's trying to find herself, without the pharmaceuticals, without being Malcom and Mauds' golden child. She's getting there, she really is, she's determined and definitely not a pushover and she's freaking hilarious when she wants to be. I also loved the newest addition, Jacob. He's ex-military, so he's scheduled, and precise, sharp, runs on rules, a little stubborn, overprotective and just the guardian/parent they needed. Someone who pushed them to strive, but knew balance. He's got his own secrets too, and damn, they were good. I don't know if there's anymore books in this series, but please, please let there be. I'm not ready to let go of these yet. Need.More.Now.Please? With connections, murder and heart-wrenching love, closes the left open and bleeding ending to Confessions of A Murder Suspect. ---- Review originally posted on Studio Reads

  3. 4 out of 5

    jv poore

    I simply love a good mystery. Whenever I pick up a book that falls into the Mystery category, I envision my own, personal game of Clue. I can’t wait to figure out who, what, when, where, why and how. I enjoy mysteries so much, in fact, that I am going to try to solve one as I write this review. Why, when Mr. Patterson won’t play with me, do I keep reading his books? Although it puzzles me, I am a James Patterson fan. A few years ago, I found myself waiting somewhere without a book. In desperation I simply love a good mystery. Whenever I pick up a book that falls into the Mystery category, I envision my own, personal game of Clue. I can’t wait to figure out who, what, when, where, why and how. I enjoy mysteries so much, in fact, that I am going to try to solve one as I write this review. Why, when Mr. Patterson won’t play with me, do I keep reading his books? Although it puzzles me, I am a James Patterson fan. A few years ago, I found myself waiting somewhere without a book. In desperation, I plucked a tattered copy of Roses are Red from the rack at the Whatever-Mart. Then, I was hooked. I went back to the first Alex Cross book and ploughed through until I was caught up at which point I dived into the Women’s Murder Club books as I excitedly awaited the release of the next Alex Cross adventure. When I saw that Mr. Patterson’s Confessions: The Private School Murders was a First-Reads Giveaway; I promptly entered my name into the drawing and was lucky enough to win a copy. Because I adore Mr. Patterson’s books for adults so much; I fully expected to be blown away by his writing for Young Adults, who, quite frankly, can be a much more demanding, fickle and harder to please audience than we Older Adults tend to be. This is a follow-up to Mr. Patterson’s first YA book, Confessions of A Murder Suspect. Although I hadn’t read the first book, the sequel was very easy to slip into. The Angel family is a captivating cast of characters within themselves. Tandy Angel, the teen-age sister is our main character and narrator. Her older brother is accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend. Both her twin brother and her younger brother look to Tandy to clear his name. In the meantime, she is a bit distracted by the fact that girls her age, attending elite private schools, just like she does; are turning up dead. Oh, and some pretty funky, mysterious and quite creepy things are going down in the Dakota, where the siblings currently reside. The story-line is fascinating and the writing is sharp and witty. Mr. Patterson sticks with his old tricks in that he taunts me with the mystery. For example, at one point Tandy “opens the door and finds the proof that she needs.” WHAT did she find? How can I possibly solve this mystery when he won’t divulge this information? How dare he have the character hold those cards so close to her chest? His books are like Atari’s Pac Man (come on, some of you remember this). I would get annoyed and frustrated, but I always kept playing. No, I haven’t not solved my conundrum of why I keep reading Mr. Patterson’s mysteries when I know that I will never, ever be given the information to solve the crime before the hero does. I only know that his ideas are amazing and his story-telling is masterful. I guess I could say that Mr. Patterson’s books are the Candy Crush of the written word, and I am hooked.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    At A Glance Genre: Young Adult; Mystery Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: no Cliff Hanger: eh Rating: 3.5 stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 6 Plot: 6 Characters: 7 World Building: 6 Flow: 7 Series Congruity: 7 Writing: 7 Ending: 6 Total: 6 In Dept Best Part: Court room! Worst Part: Still lost. Thoughts Had: what?!; yay!!; huh! Conclusion Continuing the Series: yes Recommending: eh Short Review: Okay, this book was a bit better than book 1, mainly because hello court rooms scenes! I am *obsessed* with law & o At A Glance Genre: Young Adult; Mystery Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: no Cliff Hanger: eh Rating: 3.5 stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 6 Plot: 6 Characters: 7 World Building: 6 Flow: 7 Series Congruity: 7 Writing: 7 Ending: 6 Total: 6 In Dept Best Part: Court room! Worst Part: Still lost. Thoughts Had: what?!; yay!!; huh! Conclusion Continuing the Series: yes Recommending: eh Short Review: Okay, this book was a bit better than book 1, mainly because hello court rooms scenes! I am *obsessed* with law & order and this book felt like i was just reading a law & order episode and i loved it! Nancy Drew.. eh.. i mean Tandy (What kind of name is that!) gets back into trying to do what the police aren't, i guess. She is a bit less annoying in this book thou. Brother is still up for murdering his gf, which he probably did. Review in GIF Form:

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm007

    Not as good as Maximum Ride, but still contain Patterson's signature attention-grabbing short chapters--which I like very much. edit on Nov 4th, 2013 Ehh, my rating bends towards 3.5 stars. I read the the 1st book at the beginning of this year and the only thing I remembered was Patterson's fast-paced attention-grabbing short chapters. The plot, mystery, and deduction wasn't at its best, but was still somewhat enjoyable. That being said, those were the only reasons I decided to read Confessions 2. Not as good as Maximum Ride, but still contain Patterson's signature attention-grabbing short chapters--which I like very much. edit on Nov 4th, 2013 Ehh, my rating bends towards 3.5 stars. I read the the 1st book at the beginning of this year and the only thing I remembered was Patterson's fast-paced attention-grabbing short chapters. The plot, mystery, and deduction wasn't at its best, but was still somewhat enjoyable. That being said, those were the only reasons I decided to read Confessions 2. I didn't read it for the characters, because I neither care nor like any of them. (Though Confessions 2 made me warm up to Caputo, but only because he was just about the only person whose dialogue I enjoyed reading. No wait, I enjoyed him and Jacob's). Sitting down to write this review, it suddenly occurred to me that the murders of the private school girls contained absolutely NOTHING of important significance. Oh sure, (view spoiler)[Tandy flushed out the murderer and he's sent to jail, (hide spoiler)] but looking back, it didn't even have a proper explanation. And that business with the exotic pets? Not even (view spoiler)[CLOSE to being a red herring. If it really were considered one, it'd put all the real red herrings in the history of red herrings to shame. (hide spoiler)] Even though I thought the whole business of Jacob-the-babysitter-slash-bodyguard-turning-out-to-be-(view spoiler)[the-Angel-kids'-long-lost-kind-and-super-caring-uncle (hide spoiler)] was a terribly overused cliché, I still welcomed it. Maybe it's because I liked Jacob and was rooting for his backstory to turn out to be a pleasant one instead of an evil one where he's sent by Royal Rampling or whatever to befriend the Angels and then betray them or what have you. Speaking of Royal Rampling, I thought that he, (or someone else from the company), was responsible for Tamara's murder. When Tandy (view spoiler)[discovered the dumbwaiter, (hide spoiler)] I thought she found a clue of some sort that pointed in the direction of RR, and the whole thing would've been set up by RR to wreck harvoc upon the remaining Angels, despite Malcolm and Maud being dead. After reading 2 books from this series, I found it to be quite similar to Maximum Ride. Both center on a teenage girl who has a family of characteristically diverse family members. Both have been performed upon for scientific purposes. Both are no actually only Maximum Ride is kick-ass. Still, now that (view spoiler)[Tandy and James are back together (hide spoiler)] , I look forward to reading Confessions 3. BTW, it was about halfway through this book when I suddenly realized Patterson used his first name as Tandy's BF.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Morfi

    Another mystery or four solved by Tandy Angel. Really loving this family in all its weirdness. Already ordered the two last(?) books in the series and cant wait to get to them :) I love YA mysteries lately and this series is just perfect

  7. 4 out of 5

    JJ

    Way better than the first, but still kind of ridiculous. New guardian Jacob and the unfortunately nicknamed BFF C.P. are great additions to an otherwise bland cast of siblings (Hugo tries, but...), and the details surrounding the Tamara Gee murder were quite spooky. There were a lot of B-plots that just didn't work for me, though. The authors have this odd habit of introducing weird cases and then keeping the reader in the dark until suddenly leaping straight at the conclusion, which rather take Way better than the first, but still kind of ridiculous. New guardian Jacob and the unfortunately nicknamed BFF C.P. are great additions to an otherwise bland cast of siblings (Hugo tries, but...), and the details surrounding the Tamara Gee murder were quite spooky. There were a lot of B-plots that just didn't work for me, though. The authors have this odd habit of introducing weird cases and then keeping the reader in the dark until suddenly leaping straight at the conclusion, which rather takes the fun out of trying to solve the cases alongside Tandy. It's more like we're expected to sit back and simply marvel at how incredibly intelligent Tandy is for clumsily interrogating a "suspect" within earshot of the real killer, and then almost getting herself offed. Tandy's skills seem not to arise so much out of natural ability as the complete incompetence of those around her, as well as her own lack of self-preservation. Also - the romance. Really? AMNESIA! KIDNAPPING! BRAINWASHING! I mean, come on. You're sixteen, Tandy. Have a poptart and simmer the fuck down.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Astrid Kinnunen

    I'm sorry, but you know I have a hard time writing reviews for books I like. I can tell you everything I hated about a book, but it's hard to explain why I like a book. It's like, "this is a brick. I like this brick because of reasons. This brick gives me feelings that overwhelm me but I don't care because I like this brick." Anyway, for those of you who are actually reading this, it's a great continuation. Tandy is still badass, I still want to marry Harry, and OMFG I FRIGGIN SHIP IT! I'm sorry, but you know I have a hard time writing reviews for books I like. I can tell you everything I hated about a book, but it's hard to explain why I like a book. It's like, "this is a brick. I like this brick because of reasons. This brick gives me feelings that overwhelm me but I don't care because I like this brick." Anyway, for those of you who are actually reading this, it's a great continuation. Tandy is still badass, I still want to marry Harry, and OMFG I FRIGGIN SHIP IT!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    The Private School Murders? It has a title now? And a release day too? Aaand a summary!?! Damn, I miss out a lot Update: 7/15/13 Aaaand now it has a cover!?! Jeez, I'm out of it these days... The Private School Murders? It has a title now? And a release day too? Aaand a summary!?! Damn, I miss out a lot Update: 7/15/13 Aaaand now it has a cover!?! Jeez, I'm out of it these days...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I'm loving this series! I'm loving this series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Bain

    Interesting, better than the first

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

    Actual Rating : 4.5 ⭐

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Brennan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Age: 14+ Trigger Warnings: Murder, romance, sexual content, minimal language Library Category: YA Let me get this straight: I personally did not like this book, and I will point out multiple issues I had with it. However, feel free to take my opinion as though it's worth a grain of salt. Although I didn't like it, I still think it could have been a really good book. You could say the basis of the story had promise and that the characters could have been developed into people worth reading about, but Age: 14+ Trigger Warnings: Murder, romance, sexual content, minimal language Library Category: YA Let me get this straight: I personally did not like this book, and I will point out multiple issues I had with it. However, feel free to take my opinion as though it's worth a grain of salt. Although I didn't like it, I still think it could have been a really good book. You could say the basis of the story had promise and that the characters could have been developed into people worth reading about, but it just didn't add up. First, the love story was laughably unrealistic. I mean, (view spoiler)[who really experiences love at first sight and starts sneaking out, then runs away with a guy they barely know but have this "feeling" for, and then gets carted off by their parents to a facility that wipes every memory they have of that person? Later, after they experience withdrawal from pills that have been burying their emotions, their memory starts to return, and they are suddenly consumed with longing and absolutely MUST do everything in their power to reconnect with this lost love because they were "meant to be." THAT is what Patterson needs us to believe. Second, the plot was poorly developed. It skipped through Matthew's trial, the "private school murders," the Angel family's day-to-day life, the poisonous animals, and the love story, instead of sticking to one central plot. Oh, and in the midst of all of this, Tandy's "Confessions" were sprinkled in, which served no purpose except to reiterate things that were almost all mentioned in the first book. Really, they could have been incorporated into the story instead of having their own titles in between chapters. Third, Tandy was supposedly looking into solving the "private school murders," but doesn't actively do much throughout the book to suggest that she is actually putting effort into it. When she does solve the mysteries, it is completely out of the blue, with nothing that would have allowed the reader to even suspect anything beforehand, like a good mystery novel. The majority of this story was an (again, unrealistic) sob story about her ruined love life, contrary to the synopsis on the inside of the book. Fourth, Patterson tried to write the story from the perspective of a teenage girl but (as a teenage girl myself) it didn't quite come across well. For one thing, she was supposedly much smarter than the average person (who can identify a cobra and a Sydney funnel-web spider within a few seconds of seeing it while not panicking?) and for another, what guardian allows a kid to go running around New York City on their own? Fifth, if they had been on mind-numbing pills for their whole lives, how did they even know how to identify their emotions anymore? Their withdrawal should have been much more intense, which would have made it more realistic. I did enjoy the court scenes as it was really interesting to see what the prosecutor and defendant came up with for witnesses, etc., although those scenes appeared minimally. On top of all of this (and this is going back to the first book in this series), in order to solve the mystery of her parents' deaths, Tandy broke into her neighbor's apartment. But she never got in trouble for that. Trespassing is a felony! I understand that it was with good reason, but she's a teenager, not a police officer. Therefore, there should have been at least a minor punishment. Also, the guy whose apartment she broke into and that had the footage of her parents' deaths didn't get in trouble for putting cameras up in someone else's home without permission either. Yet again, that is a punishable crime. Those issues should have been resolved, or even mentioned again, in this novel. (hide spoiler)] For religious readers or concerned parents (possibly offensive content): They didn't go into too much detail about the murders themselves, and I only noticed a couple of cut-off curse words, including a few uses of "god." However, there was way more sexual content than I had anticipated in this book, especially towards the end, including 4 instances of sex (before marriage, too). If it makes you feel better, nothing was directly mentioned, but it was heavily implied. There were also at least 3 instances of the main character (who is a minor) drinking or smoking. Personally, I think all of that was entirely unnecessary and didn't add anything to the overall storyline. If you want a shallow read, go for it. If you are reading analytically, however, stay far away from this one. I personally prefer Patterson's Maximum Ride series more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Magic Shop

    When I read the first book of the series, I thought it was pretty interesting and unique. So after reading the second book, I found it even better than the first book. In the first book there was the mystery of of who killed Tandy's parents. But here, there were multiple mysteries each which surprised me with the outcome. But it wasn't just solving mysteries, there was also a lot of love and romance whether it was between Tandy and her family or with memories of her first love. Overall, this boo When I read the first book of the series, I thought it was pretty interesting and unique. So after reading the second book, I found it even better than the first book. In the first book there was the mystery of of who killed Tandy's parents. But here, there were multiple mysteries each which surprised me with the outcome. But it wasn't just solving mysteries, there was also a lot of love and romance whether it was between Tandy and her family or with memories of her first love. Overall, this book and an even better plot because it continued off from the first book with a few months lap with Mathew Angel's trial with him being accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend. Along with that there was a serial killer on the loose killing private school girls and a case of deadly animals lose in their luxurious apartment bullied along with the mystery of Tandy's first love and where he is now. The book was thrilling, funny, and had a lot of twists and turns along with unique characters. Tandy grew a bit from the first book, she now wants to solve mysteries and is more determined to solve every case no matter how many dead ends she comes across. Now that she's off the pills, she has more control over herself and her emotions. She also gets her memories back about James and is now on the hunt in finding him. The empires she gets back showed how much he really loved her and how sweet they were together. That was one of the best parts of the book, the love between them set with a backdrop of parents who are hellbent on keeping them apart. Yet, they still wanted to be together. I was really happy with the ending when they each other with great difficulty. You get a few hints about James in uh first book, but a more clear picture of him and Tandy in this book which was great. Tandy also gets a new addition to her family after losing her parents and he was must better than them. Jacob was a great guy who really cared about the Angel kids and showed them love and compassion. He even had helped them in more ways than one and in the short times he's been with them, he's own their trust and love. He was one of the best characters. The other character including Tandy's brothers and C.P, Tandy's best friend, were also really great because they helped Tandy along in her investigation and they all acted like a real family and were more loving than in the first book. Th ending was really sweet and sort off a slight cliff hanger to the third book. But it was really cute and I really loved it. I saw the third book at the library and didn't think I should get it until I finished this one. But I will likely grab it when I go back in two weeks. Great book and can't wait to read more. Enjoy!!!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lanie

    Loved. So far, this is my very favorite James Patterson series. Ok, so I haven't read many books by him. I'm sure I've barely made a dent in his massive list of works. But so far, I have definitely enjoyed "confessions" the most. I almost cried. Twice. Like, literally tearing up from this book. :D if that's not a sign of a good writer, I don't know what is. Both Patterson and the co-author do such an amazing job creating such a clear voice for the narrator. I definitely like how she talks directly Loved. So far, this is my very favorite James Patterson series. Ok, so I haven't read many books by him. I'm sure I've barely made a dent in his massive list of works. But so far, I have definitely enjoyed "confessions" the most. I almost cried. Twice. Like, literally tearing up from this book. :D if that's not a sign of a good writer, I don't know what is. Both Patterson and the co-author do such an amazing job creating such a clear voice for the narrator. I definitely like how she talks directly to the readers. :) feels much more personal that way. Plus, I just love Tandy in general. This book was a special kinda fucked up, taking the story of the mysterious James and really expanding on it, making Tandy's parents that much more horrible and crazy. (Feel so bad for the angel kids!) the mystery/arch of Matty and his murder trail is handled quite well too. Toss in some slightly smaller mysteries/storyline of the private school murders (for which the novel is named), and the snake & spider mystery, and you've got yourself a very good, addictive, and intriguing read. It very different from his other young adult series, a science fiction/action series called "maximum ride". There might not be as much wild adventures of fighting robots & flying werewolf things & going to Antarctica and Hawaii, & stopping the apocalypse. But "confessions" is wonderfully appealing with its dark storied of crazy perfectionist parents and murder mysteries and insanely forbidden love. As far as the mystery genre Goes, I'm very limited in my exposure to mystery books, so I can't really say how good the mysteries themselves were handled in comparison to other stories out there. But I was certainly entertained and kept wondering. Mr. Patterson sets out to entertain and he's done just that. :) a wonderful main character and supporting cast. good writing with a strong serious voice that fits Tandy perfectly. An addictive story line. Cool mysteries. I highly recommend "the private school murders" and the rest of the "confessions" series to fans of young adult fiction, James Patterson, and mystery novels. I look forward to reading book 3!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    (Source: I own a copy of this book.) Tandy may have gotten over her parent’s murder case, but now her brother Matthew is in prison for murdering his girlfriend, whilst another killer stalks central park and seems to be murdering private school students. Who murdered Matthew’s girlfriend? And can Tandy find out before it’s too late? After reading book 1 in this series, I wasn’t going to read book 2, but after reading the first few pages to discover it was the same characters, it bugged me that I had (Source: I own a copy of this book.) Tandy may have gotten over her parent’s murder case, but now her brother Matthew is in prison for murdering his girlfriend, whilst another killer stalks central park and seems to be murdering private school students. Who murdered Matthew’s girlfriend? And can Tandy find out before it’s too late? After reading book 1 in this series, I wasn’t going to read book 2, but after reading the first few pages to discover it was the same characters, it bugged me that I hadn’t finished the book, and surprisingly I was glad that I did read it! Tandy was like a different person in this book. Her thought processes were so normal compared to in book 1, and I really couldn’t believe the difference! I liked that she was so smart, I liked that she was so determined, and I liked that she actually started to care about people, even to the extent that she remembered that she had previously been in love! The plotline was much better too, and the courtroom scenes concerning her brother Matthew were pretty good! I liked that we kind-of got 3 storylines rolled into one in this, and I still can’t get over how different this was to book 1! There was a touch of romance, but the mystery was definitely the best part of this book for me. The end was also good, although I wasn’t really bowled over by the cliff-hanger. I will probably pick up the next book in this series now though. Overall; a good YA murder/mystery story, 7 out of 10.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Okay PLEASE tell me there's gonna be another one!! (I read that one too fast—it was too good to stop!) As expected, James Patterson brought an exceptional book for me to indulge! There isn't a thing about it I don't love, and we'd be here all day to list what I did. Bottom line, it was more than brilliant, and I need more!! (Especially after that ending!! Oh my God, I was SOOO happy!!!! More—at least one more! Please??) Okay PLEASE tell me there's gonna be another one!! (I read that one too fast—it was too good to stop!) As expected, James Patterson brought an exceptional book for me to indulge! There isn't a thing about it I don't love, and we'd be here all day to list what I did. Bottom line, it was more than brilliant, and I need more!! (Especially after that ending!! Oh my God, I was SOOO happy!!!! More—at least one more! Please??)

  18. 4 out of 5

    ♥Kel

    It was such a page turner and i couldnt put it down, so excited for the next book. but theres still some unsolved mysteries. who killed their parents who killed the private school murders. like we still have unexplained mysteries and i was hoping we get to solve all three but i guess the suspense builds. and the ending was happy and ughhh, like there will definitely be a third book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    XXK

    'Twas epic!!!! I really loved this, definitely lived up to the standard of the first book, in my opinion, with all the mysteries. And I'm glad James got back with Tandy. That was sweet. I NEED THE THIRD BOOK. NOW IF YOU PLEASE. 'Twas epic!!!! I really loved this, definitely lived up to the standard of the first book, in my opinion, with all the mysteries. And I'm glad James got back with Tandy. That was sweet. I NEED THE THIRD BOOK. NOW IF YOU PLEASE.

  20. 4 out of 5

    carolina ☾

    I simply can't connect to this series. Something doesn't feel right, It might be the writing or the characters. I simply can't connect to this series. Something doesn't feel right, It might be the writing or the characters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    This was a good YA mystery with a plucky and determined MC in Tandy. I liked this addition a bit more than the first and I'm looking forward to reading the next one. This was a good YA mystery with a plucky and determined MC in Tandy. I liked this addition a bit more than the first and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ian S.

    The Private School Murders by James Patterson was a good book overall. I chose it because I had read the first book a while back, and wanted to continue the story. The first left many questions, and I was happy to have them answered with this one. There isn't much to summarize without spoiling the first book, but the now parentless Angel family has to survive mostly on its own. With big brother Matty in jail for murder, and multiple private school girls being murdered in the region, main characte The Private School Murders by James Patterson was a good book overall. I chose it because I had read the first book a while back, and wanted to continue the story. The first left many questions, and I was happy to have them answered with this one. There isn't much to summarize without spoiling the first book, but the now parentless Angel family has to survive mostly on its own. With big brother Matty in jail for murder, and multiple private school girls being murdered in the region, main character Tandy Angel has her hands full. When memories of a past love begin to resurface, is she able to balance reason with emotion? I really loved the story in this book. It was full of twists and turns, and kept the reader engaged right to the end. With Tandy trying to solve murders, prove her brother innocent in court, handle an infestation of exotic animals in her apartment, and uncover details about her life before her parents messed things up, there is plenty to keep the reader interested. The bad part about this book was craft and structure. It was clearly written for a younger age group than I fit into, as the story did not read very well. There were parts I couldn't help but cringe at due to cliche dialogue, mediocre word choice, and unrealistic situations. However, the book was great overall, and basic language is something I can get passed as long as the content of the story is there. Overall, good book, yet not perfect.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gina Barbera

    Tandy Angel, young and beautiful, is a fifteen year old private investigator who has a tough life. First, Tandy had to figure out the cause of her parents death. Second, figure out how to prove her brother is innocent of slaughtering his wife and unborn son. Matthew Angel, star football player in the NFL, was accused of slaughtering his wife Tamarra. Meanwhile, private school young woman are being assassinated left and right and the police are not looking in the right places. Tandy, with her exp Tandy Angel, young and beautiful, is a fifteen year old private investigator who has a tough life. First, Tandy had to figure out the cause of her parents death. Second, figure out how to prove her brother is innocent of slaughtering his wife and unborn son. Matthew Angel, star football player in the NFL, was accused of slaughtering his wife Tamarra. Meanwhile, private school young woman are being assassinated left and right and the police are not looking in the right places. Tandy, with her experience of solving mysteries, steps up to figure out who is killing innocent girls while she is trying to prove her brother innocent. With all of this mess occurring, Tandy is trying to find where her love of her life disappeared. Will Tandy be able to check everything off her checklist?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine S.

    This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. The story is about how Tandy is solving different mysteries. She is a great "detective", as a teenager, and she even beats the NYPD at their own game. With her great accomplishments, she was able to save private school girls from a serial killer, her brother from being accused of murder, and neighbors whose lives were threatened by exotic creatures. There were multiple mysteries that had some surprising outcomes and explanations. However, I don't lik This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. The story is about how Tandy is solving different mysteries. She is a great "detective", as a teenager, and she even beats the NYPD at their own game. With her great accomplishments, she was able to save private school girls from a serial killer, her brother from being accused of murder, and neighbors whose lives were threatened by exotic creatures. There were multiple mysteries that had some surprising outcomes and explanations. However, I don't like how the title is "Confessions: The Private School Murders" because the book wasn't just mainly about that. Like I have stated before, Tandy cracked MANY cases, not just the one about the deaths of private school girls. This book was thrilling.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kailey Carleton

    This mysterious and captivating story is about a young girl living in New York who tries to solve the murders of a bunch of private school kids well also fitting the description of the kids getting murdered. Trying to find herself and remove herself from her family’s horrid legacy. Tandy Angel has a lot figure out. I thought this was a great book and author James Patterson is an amazing writer. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Burke

    This was a really good book, and tied up almost all the loose ends from the first book. I believe I enjoyed this book more than the first. Well-written, well-paced, and original, the story kept my attention and kept me guessing whodunit right up until the reveal. Definitely worth the time to read. I've already started reading the next book, "The Paris Mysteries" (Confessions #3). This was a really good book, and tied up almost all the loose ends from the first book. I believe I enjoyed this book more than the first. Well-written, well-paced, and original, the story kept my attention and kept me guessing whodunit right up until the reveal. Definitely worth the time to read. I've already started reading the next book, "The Paris Mysteries" (Confessions #3).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sail ♛ A Wicked Reader

    What I really enjoyed about this book was that there were essentially 3 different crimes going on all at once, so there was a heck of a lot of mysteriousness to detective your way through. Tandy's older brother Matthew was on trial for the murder of his girlfriend and unborn child, even though there was no evidence. Young girls who attended high-dollar private schools were being murdered. And then there were deadly poisonous animals crawling their way all through the Dakota, the fancy building t What I really enjoyed about this book was that there were essentially 3 different crimes going on all at once, so there was a heck of a lot of mysteriousness to detective your way through. Tandy's older brother Matthew was on trial for the murder of his girlfriend and unborn child, even though there was no evidence. Young girls who attended high-dollar private schools were being murdered. And then there were deadly poisonous animals crawling their way all through the Dakota, the fancy building that the Angels live in. However, throughout the majority of this book, Tandy kept pining over a boy and talking about how much she loves him and how his touch gave her a tingly feeling and blah blah blah. This freaking irked me to my core, because girl your helpless brother is about to be charged as guilty of murder while you're over here obsessing over a boy you haven't seen or heard from in months. Like stop it. Be there for your brother and help him. I'm all for a romantic subplot, but that was just too overbearing for me. GRADING SCALE Characters - 13/20 Plot line - 11/16 Originality - 12/16 Writing Style - 10/16 Pace - 14/16 Ending - 10/16 70/100 3/5 stars If you like typical mystery novels, YA, and a lot of romance, I'd recommend this to you.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Glad to see that the Angel kids are doing okay. Also glad that they got to meet their uncle Jacob. Good that Matthew was innocent. Sad that they lost their residence in the Dakota. Seems like Tandy is becoming quite the detective. Hope they do well in Paris. Can't wait to read Confessions #3: The Paris Mysteries!!!! 5 stars Glad to see that the Angel kids are doing okay. Also glad that they got to meet their uncle Jacob. Good that Matthew was innocent. Sad that they lost their residence in the Dakota. Seems like Tandy is becoming quite the detective. Hope they do well in Paris. Can't wait to read Confessions #3: The Paris Mysteries!!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aleena Kallan

    I really enjoyed this book because it had an element of mystery but also romance entwined together which kept things interesting. There are many problems that are solved with cliffhangers and plot twists that I really enjoyed. I would recommend this book to others because of the mystery and action that always keeps me on edge.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Not crazy about the narrator, but liked the story.

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