As a huge Patterson fan I was very let down by this book. Initially, I had a hard time getting on board with the story line but got over that and found the book to be OK. However I found the ending very predictable and I was left feeling that this author surly could have come up with far better conclusions. Most of the Patterson series books leave me wanting more and anxious for the next novel; not, sure I'll continue with this series.
Not as great as the James Patterson alone as an author book. I did like the main character and had hoped to see her continued in a series or something to wrap up the story of her "missing years and the vanished boyfriend" I would also like to know the grandmother's inheritance. I feel like it was intending to be picked up in another story somewhere. I do read a lot of James Patterson, including his novels for younger folks. As a teacher I always wanted to find something to grab the attention of the reluctant reader and his books often worked, this could also be one for your reluctant reader to try.
The writing style allows me to just keep going and before I know it the dishes are piled up with the laundry and I have forgotten to go to the post office or anything I had planned. Take this book for what it is, a made-up story about a family tragedy.
The ending surprised me, I can often call it early but not this time!
Okay, I didn't realize this was a YA novel until I started reading it -- it just didn't have the usual Patterson blood and gore... That said, even being a YA novel, I didn't feel this was on par with others I have read for younger readers. The book was narrated by Tandy Angel who wakes up one morning to find that her parents have been murdered in their upscale apartment in the Dakota building in NYC. But how could anyone have made it into the secure building to do the deed unless it was one of Tandy's siblings who lived there with the parents. The family is rich from a pharmaceutical company and apparently the parents had been giving enhancement drugs to their children for years. The oldest is a star football player and then there is Harry, a musical prodigy, and Hugo, a 10-year old strongman. Well Tandy sets out to solve who killed her parents and the end of the story is very anticlimactic with a lot of loose ends. I assume this is because this will be an ongoing YA series from Patterson and his writing team. I think I will steer clear of the subsequent volumes.
Enjoyed book and look forward to reading more. A combination of mystery and scientific possibilities.
Hard to know how to review this book--
Patterson is better writer than this one shows, or maybe Paetro wrote it?
I am trying to gather a 'set' of books for a young reader but I don't know where this one falls: not for under 14 at least and even 14 might be too young depending if you want them to read about a Dad sleeping with his son's girlfriend or a Mom having a lesbian affair(spoilers, sorry)
I don't plan on keeping this one or trying for the 'set' to come out, it just isn't that good and the family is portrayed as cold and unfeeling and makes it very hard to like this family at all and you get to the end without really knowing much about them but that they are standoffish and cold.
I think this is geared for teen-agers.
Lots of suspense and twists
Great story, very different writing style than normally from Patterson. It's the kind of story that keeps you guessing right up until the answer is revealed.