Suspicionby Alexandra Monir Published by Random House Children's Books on 2014-12-09
Genres: Family, General, Horror & Ghost Stories, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
A modern-day twist on the classic thriller, Rebecca, with a dash of the supernatural, a powerful romance, and a deadly family mystery.
“There’s something hidden in the maze.”
Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.
For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams. In an effort to escape the past, she leaves Rockford Manor and moves to New York City with her new guardians. But some attachments prove impossible to shake—including her love for her handsome neighbor Sebastian Stanhope.
Then a life-altering letter arrives that forces Imogen to return to the manor in England, where she quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind Rockford’s aristocratic exterior. At their center is Imogen herself—and Sebastian, the boy she never stopped loving.
Combining spine-tingling mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Suspicion is an action-packed thrill ride.
The cover is absolutely gorgeous and completely drew me in, and then paired up with such an intriguing premise, I was quite excited to read it….
Gorgeous Setting and Mysterious premise…
The book starts actually really great and got me hooked right away. Imogen comes from a wealthy old family in England and when a tragic accident leaves her an orphan, she leaves England to life in New York with her parents best friend. She truly grew up in a loving family and the years from 10 to 17 apparently were a great time. We meet Imogen back when she’s 17 and when she’s approached with the horrible news that all her other remaining family (her grandfather and cousin) also now passed away and this leaves her as the sole heir of the family name and wealth.
She then decides – against her adoptive parents wish – to move back to England to take care of an enormous estate and family name.
And here is where the mystery begins! There is the mystery surrounding her cousin’s death and also…. it also seems like Imogen has magic abilities that come back to life as soon as she entered the estate.
Some things just didn’t add up…
I really liked the story, don’t get me wrong – but there is so much that didn’t make sense to me and I just would have wished would have been approached differently and with more closure and explanations. I felt like some details were just added to have a convenient way to develop a mystery, yet they didn’t make so much sense and didn’t completely convince me. The romance for instance was missing the sparkling and sizzling chemistry, even though the story tried hard to tell us that there is something between them – I just didn’t feel it.
The magical abilities could have been explored much more, it just felt like a side note and could have been developed so much more.
Also, the way Imogen completely left first her Cousin (who was like her best friend) and Grandpa in England and never talked to them ever again, even though she loved them both and they were their only living family. But then, she did it again when she left New York to return to England. I just could not connect with Imogen they way I wanted to connect, she was to one-dimensional and was lacking depth and development.
Even with all the complaining I still enjoyed it – the setting was gorgeous and the mystery intriguing, I just think it could have been so much better…
Suspicion by Alexandra Monir comes with a mysterious plot and a gorgeous setting but was sadly lacking in character development.
Ah… how much I hate writing reviews where I feel wishy-washy about the book. 3 Star Reviews are always the hardest to write as I often find myself being focused on the negative parts even though I ended up liking the book ok. So, I really think this will be a hit-or-miss book for many readers and I hope you’ll enjoy it more than I did!