Narrated by: Emma Galvin
Published by Hachette Audio on Sept 24, 2012
Genres: Mystery, YA
Format: Audiobook from YA Sync
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James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a thrilling teen detective series about the mysterious and magnificently wealthy Angel family... and the dark secrets they're keeping from one another.
On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things:
1) She was the last person to see her parents alive.
2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings.
3) She can't trust anyone-maybe not even herself.
Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud's intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents' affairs is a dangerous-and revealing-game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?
This was a very entertaining and intriguing story that caught me by surprise. As I frequently do, I started the book without re-reading the blurb, and so wasn’t sure what it was about. What I got was a mysterious story told by a teenage girl speaking directly to me, while warning that she’s probably the definition of an unreliable narrator.
I listened to the audiobook version, and the story lent itself very well to this format. It wasn’t just a narrated story, it was Tandy telling me the story. The voice worked well, and really knew how to portray a teenage girl who deserves to be listened to.
The characters, family situation, and entire plotline are a little crazy, but it’s a train-wreck, can’t look away, kind of crazy that makes for a very entertaining story. Tandy is investigating her parents’ deaths as she doesn’t feel the police are good enough to do it. Along the way, she starts learning more and more about her family, and none of it is really good.
Overall, this was an entertaining story with a unique narrative setup. The audiobook is a great way to experience that setup. This felt like a good stand alone story, and yet it is the first of a series, and it makes me interested to know what book 2 is about. I will definitely be checking it out.