Book Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.

"There's something hidden in the Maze." Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family's English country manor.

Haunted by her parents' deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin's untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion's aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself--and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

Combining a fresh twist on the classic REBECCA with a spine-tingling mystery and powerful romance, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli
I love Alexandra Monir's writing (read my reviews of Timeless here and Timekeeper here) and I was so happy to receive a review copy of her latest novel, Suspicion.  I loved the Timeless series for Monir's sweet love story and intense, fast-paced plot.  I'm happy to say that I loved Suspicion for the same reasons.

Suspicion is a stand-alone novel, something that was a huge positive for me.  I love reading stand-alones because they provide so much closure.  I love series as well, but really only when I can read all of the books in a series close together.  There's nothing worse than having to wait years for a series to finish!

Monir writes with such beautiful imagery.  I felt like I was really there with Imogen, especially once she arrived at Rockford Manor.  There was definitely an eerie feel to this book: it wasn't scary in a horror-type of way, just high on the creepy ghost factor.  I'm no fan of ghost stories, and Suspicion definitely wasn't a ghost story, but it took me a little while to figure that out. Before I discovered the source of the malice in Suspicion, I was definitely spooked.  Because I'm such a ninny about ghosts, I didn't read this book at night (pathetic, I know!). 

I was surprised by the ending, and loved the conflict resolution. There was a magical realism element to Suspicion and it was unique and very well-done.  I was surprised by the depth in this story.  My only complaint is that Suspicion was slow to start.  Once the story took off, though, it was a great read.  Suspicion was an easy, fast read. It is definitely YA, and may even be appropriate for an older MG audience. 

If you're new to Alexandra Monir, I highly recommend her books!   



1 comment:

  1. I haven't ever read anything by Alexandra Monir, but this sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing your review!


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