I wasn't sure what to expect with this book after the downhill spiral of the Maximum Ride books, but it turns it was great! Tandy is a much more likeable heroine then Max was. The plotline is structured and doesn't wander off like in Maximum Ride. The characters are realistic. I read it one sitting!
Despite how horrible her parents were, Tandy still is loyal to them and is determined to find the killer--even if she doesn't like the results. The book also promotes teamwork, forgiveness, and seeing past people's faults.
Tandy is smart and witty, but never the smart-alecky, rebellious brat Max was. She wants to solver her parents murder, but also understands she needs the support of her siblings. At first, she seems cold and uncaring, but the reason is becuase her parents had all the kids on special drugs that made them "stronger"-physically, mentally, and emotionally. Harry, her twin brother, is quiet and thoughtful, and is the only "artistic" one in the family. All he wanted more than anything else was his parent's love, which he never felt he received. Matthew, the oldest, is angry and bitter towards his parents, but like Tandy, wants to see the killer caught. Hugo, the youngest, also struggles with anger issues, but he has his moments where he's the scared ten-year-old who needs comforting.
The plot revolves around a murder, but there are rarely any gory details. Tandy has flashbacks about Matthew, a football player, throwing a trophy and nearly hitting her head. And of Hugo, attacking a stuffed animal with a knife. She herself once kicked a TV, putting a hole in it.
Tandy recalls running off with a boy, and they kissed a few times. Both her parents had affairs.
Hell, d--k, and d--n.
Tandy and her siblings were unknowingly on drugs that made them "superior".
A good, gripping mystery with a surprising twist at the end! The book was left open to a sequel, which I'm looking forward to. I would--and have--recommend this book.