Apr 082015
Review: The Private School MurdersThe Private School Murders (Confessions #2) by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Narrated by: Emma Galvin
Published by Hachette Audio on Oct 7, 2013
Genres: Mystery, YA
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

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?

Normally I start audiobook reviews talking about the story, and put my thoughts on the narration at the end, but in this case, it’s the narration that really stands out to me. I doubt the narrator is actually a teenaged girl, but the voice fits perfectly. It sounds like a slightly snobby, privileged teenager girl who is struggling with rebuilding her life and her self. It’s just so believable.

Getting to the story, I liked a number of the mysteries that Tandy helped to solve, although there was one big element I greatly didn’t enjoy. The whole obsession about James. Everything about it felt forced. The half-memories. The “torn about by their parents” storyline. The driving need to find him. It just all felt artificial and annoying.

I did greatly enjoy Tandy’s involvement with the police, and helping them solve not one, but two mysteries. It was a bit simplistic at times, but was still quite entertaining.

Overall, I liked elements of the story, was amazed at the audiobook narration, and was entirely annoyed at one of the plotlines. It sounds like a mixed bag of emotions, and it is. I still think it was an overall decent book though, and one I’m glad I picked up.

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