ARC Book Review – Suspicion

Posted November 24, 2014 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review, Reading Challenge / 2 Comments

ARC Book Review – SuspicionSuspicion by Alexandra Monir
Published by Delacorte Press on December 9, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars

"Take The Princess Diaries and add magic, murder and mystery, and you've got SUSPICION. A delightful read!"—Amy Plum, author of the of the international bestselling Die For Me series

"If Alfred Hitchcock had directed Downton Abbey, the result would have been this book. Alexandra Monir takes us on a gripping, nonstop thrill ride with just the right amount of supernatural and an ending that you definitely won't suspect. I devoured it in one sitting."—Jessica Brody, bestselling author of the Unremembered trilogy

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

My Review 4

Suspicion had a slow start but I am so glad I stuck with this.  The story is a paranormal mystery that gave me the creeps and I couldn’t stop reading.

 

Imogen Rockford is the grand-daughter of the Duke of Wickersham but has lived all her life in New York.  She and her parents have yearly visits to the family estate in England.  While there she spends quality time with her older cousin Lucia, the future heir and Duchess of Wickersham.  But during a summer visit tragedy happens and Imogen’s parents are killed.  According to their will Imogen returns to New York to be raised by her parents close friends and never returns to England. Seven years later Imogen must deal with tragedy again – her grandfather and cousin are killed making her the Duchess of Wickersham.  As Duchess she has a responsibility to the staff at their estate and to the neighboring towns, so Imogen has no choice but to return to England. 

 

The first half of Suspicion did have a slow pace. But Imogen is a character I really enjoyed.  She is a mature teenager so we aren’t dealing with the usual teenage mood swings or whining (especially since Imogen is now dealing with important Duchess duties).  Once she becomes Duchess there are the scenes that remind us of The Princess Diaries but it is realistic that an American teen would need coaching for her new royalty status.  But the coaching is the only similarity and the scenes are minimal. The focus of the story is on Imogen adjusting to her new home and solving the mystery of her family.  Once you get past the first half of the book the story picks up so I encourage everyone to not give up so soon on this book!

 

I enjoyed the mystery and paranormal twist of the story.  This was well written and the scenes were so vivid I can see it clearly.  But I do wish there was more background of Lady Beatrice, the mysterious ancestor of the Rockford’s.  Hopefully there will be a second book since the ending left me hanging and wanting more.

 

Overall 3

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Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
three-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

About Alexandra Monir

Author and recording artist Alexandra Monir broke onto the scene in her early twenties with the release of her popular debut YA novel, the paranormal romance Timeless (Delacorte Press/Random House). The book caught on quickly, landing on the Barnes & Noble Bestsellers chart and being named one of Amazon's "Best Books of the Month." The sequel, Timekeeper, was published in 2013. Both books in the series have been featured in a variety of media, from USA Today to teen magazines and websites such as J-14, JustJaredJr, Teen.com and Justine Magazine. Suspicion (Random House; December 9, 2014) marks Alexandra's first novel outside of the Timeless series, as well as her first foray into the mystery genre. Her fourth YA novel for Random House will be published in April 2016.

Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter, known for integrating music into her books' pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany Timeless and Timekeeper, which were released as the album The Timeless EP and distributed by Jimmy Buffett's record label, Mailboat Records. She additionally recorded a new song to be released along with Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Alexandra is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Persian opera singer.

Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She has been invited to speak at middle schools and high schools across the country, and at major events including Comic-Con, Bouchercon, the Iranian-American Women's Leadership Conference, and New York Public Library's annual Teen Author Festival, among others.

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2 responses to “ARC Book Review – Suspicion

    • Kathy

      Hi Laura! I know what you mean about the pacing but I try not to DNF a book unless I really hate the story. So I am really glad I stuck with this and it was mainly the first part of the book. The story picks up in the middle and I couldn’t put it down. The cover is what caught my eye too. Thanks Laura for stopping by!