"The City of Lights sets the stage for romance, drama and intrigue in the latest Confessions novel from the world's bestselling mystery writer!
After investigating multiple homicides and her family's decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her? James Patterson leads this brilliant teenage detective through Paris on a trail of lies years in the making, with shocking revelations around every corner."
Wow. That little twist about the boy Tandy loves is just brutal. Brutal. I honestly do understand its purpose, but it threw me off. Seriously. It did. There was a whole lot of foreshadowing and hints, but I ignored it all. But wow. Dang. That was brutal, quick, and highly effective. I think I have to thank Maxine Paetro for pulling that one off like a magician. A really great magician.
(Jerk Rat is the biggest idiot ever).
I didn't know that this book is out. I just saw it at the library. Two hours later, I took it home. Because... it is part of the Confession series. Really good. And I don't think this is going to be the last book. It doesn't feel like the ending. Anyway, The Paris Mysteries is the third book in the Confession series (is that the name of this series?). It continues the very, very long arc of Tandy trying to find the mystery behind the very strange pills her parents gave her.
Tandy is okay in this book. She is okay. Okay, okay, okay. There isn't really a spectacular moment (other than that Jerk Rat moment at the end of the book). But she does have to play Nancy Drew for most of the book. I can't tell you whether or not that was boring or interesting. It was more like... meh. Already had two books of Nancy Drew. I'm not really big about her IQ and logical reasonings. But it is the relationships that matter. (Which brings us to the next paragraph).
The Angel family is in trouble. Again. Scandal after scandal after scandal. There is an endless number of it, and I can't tell you how crazy it is. They might as well have it as their middle name. And this time, it centers around Tandy's twin brother.
(Seriously! Will it stop being a bloody murder? Why it is always murder, murder, murder? I'm getting really sick of it. Can it please be kidnapping next time? Or perhaps dangerous military grade weapons? No murder. Murder is getting too many days in the sun).
The ending! The ending absolutely killed it. It was perfect. It was terrible. It was horrible. It was crazy. It was so many damn things that I can't... stop thinking about it. It is just... WOW! I really don't like Jerk Rat anymore. And he seemed... so nice in the beginning. Why is it always the nice ones who turn up to be evil-doers? Or... untrustworthy folk?
(Or so it seems...)
Overall, The Paris Mysteries fails to tie some loose ends (can't explain them or else I will have to yell spoilers to the world). Hopefully, this won't be the end of the series. And I'm even more hoping that this series doesn't end up tot be as long as the Maximum Ride series. The ending killed it, and some of the characters should start to shift a bit. I wish it focused a bit more on Tandy's family, though Tandy's brother did take some of the spotlight. But please! Stop it with the murder!
Rating: Four out of Five