Monday, October 26, 2015

Book Review: Suspicion

Title - Suspicion 
Author - Alexandra Monir
Genre - YA Fantasy Mystery
Published - December 9th 2014
Publisher - Delecorte Press 
Format - Hardcover

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.

Imogen Rockford is third in line to become head of Rockford Manor as a Duchess but the odds of that even happening are slim to none. When a typical family vacation turns tragic Imogen is forced to return home to live with her guardians at only just ten years old. It’s been seven years since Imogen has had contact with her grandfather and her cousin but when she receives a notice that her guardians try to avoid she risks upsetting them to find out what is happening. What Imogen learns is that her grandfather has passed and her cousin is also gone leaving her the heir of Wickersham. Knowing her father would want her to take over if the time came Imogen agree’s to return to England.

Imogen has a lot to learn now that she’s become the Duchess of her family home, and learning just how who to bow to will be just the start. Arriving at Wickersham Imogen is pulled into forgotten memories, strange occurrences and her long time crush on Sebastian. Imogen digs deeper into the past learning that her distant relative had the same ability of being able to control the elements. Maybe her cousin didn’t have an accident after all but she was murdered and it’s up to Imogen to figure out the truth but at what cost? Will the guy she’s crushed after her whole life be connected to her cousin’s death?

I liked Imogen she’s an interesting character she’s living the life her cousin should be with the mystery of her own life shifting around her. I liked that she is honorable accepting her fate as a Duchess instead of running from it like her guardians wanted her to. I wasn’t sure how I felt about her maid Maisie because at first I felt sorry for her having to grow up watching two girls have the life I’m sure she wanted. Fast forward 7 years she’s still around the manor but she has some issues. I also didn’t trust Sebastian at first but he quickly grew on me proving he would support Imogen through it all.

I’ve had this one sitting on my bookshelf since it came out. I’m in love with the stunning cover it’s just gorgeous one of my favorite covers. I suggested it to my little bookclub based on the cover and the promise of a mystery. I found the story interesting, but while it does have paranormal elements which I love we just didn’t get enough of what was really going on with Imogen’s elemental abilities. I wish that the story had more of the paranormal elements. However the twist at the end didn’t see it coming and I loved it finding that it worked out better than I would have expected. Suspicion is a fast paced story that is easy to get lost in Imogen’s world as she starts her new journey as a Duchess. I would love to see more of the story because I just don’t feel it was over yet so maybe we will see another book in the future. Overall I enjoyed it found the characters easy to connect with and the concept captivating. This is my first book by the author but I really enjoyed her writing style. Looking forward to checking out her other books and fingers crossed for another book. 

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