Thanks to a random article I came across only Lord knows how, I’ve signed up to download 2 free audiobooks a week through Audiobook Sync (http://www.audiobooksync.com/) and Overdrive Media console. Unfortunately, I don’t get to pick the downloads, but it is a change from music nonetheless.
The first book I listed to was Confessions of a Murder Suspect: Confessions Series, Book 1, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, narrated by Emma Galvin. This one had the most potential of being a book I’d like after scanning the synopses. Admittedly, I had some trouble getting hooked. I was listening during work during one of our busiest times of the year and learning as necessary how to work the program. I just couldn’t get sucked in and I kept getting lost as to where I was in the book, so I gave myself a break.
After a day or two break, I tried again with better success. I was no longer fumbling with the program which helped immensely. After hearing part of it already, I was better able to follow what was happening and who the characters were as the story began. This also helped me get interested in this book.
The story is told from a teenage girl, Tandy Angel, as she and her siblings try to solve a murder. The victims? Their parents. The suspects? Tandy Angel and ALL her siblings, from her oldest brother, a pro football player, to her youngest brother, a boy of about 5-8.
While I admit everyone’s family has their share of secrets and is messed up in different ways, the Angel family seemed to take leaps beyond that. As the story progresses, you learn not only how messed up the parents were, but who all is involved and to what extent. The neighbors aren’t exactly normal either. Every character with any depth is messed up, it’s just a matter of to what degree.
It took about halfway through the story before I got really interested in it. Until that point, I was following it, but it was merely background noise with a plot instead of harmony and high notes. You go with Tandy from her home to jail to dealing with her uncle to fighting herself and dealing with her past. The more she learns, the more you are drawn in, mainly because each new step leads to a “What the heck” moment. Each new discover just added to the “they deserved to be slapped” factor, which eventually builds to “someone needs their rear kicked, stomped, and buried.” You feel sorry for Tandy, but at the same time you feel as if she’s alien. You can connect with forbidden love and teenage angst, but you cannot connect your family drama to hers (at least, I hope you can’t. If you can, God bless you). I felt like I was hearing about a rich freak show, and I was the sole audience member.
Right at the end, I ABSOLUTELY had to know how it ended. I completely stopped working the last 15 minutes so that my typing wouldn’t interfere with the story. And then you find out who the guilty one is…
I had to pause it and listen to it again, just to make sure I heard it correctly. For the record, I did.
I didn’t expect the actual killer at all. I didn’t have a clear suspect in mind, but certainly not that in any way, shape, or form. I find that refreshing and shocking, and yet it irked me a little because I wanted to outsmart the book. But WOW, what an ending. Just WOW.
That being said, while I have no desires to listen to it again, it was worth the listen. I would be willing to read it one day or read others by them. It isn’t among my favorites, but it was interesting. I deem it worthy of my time and attention.
87 chapers (85 + 2 epilogues), divided into 5 parts