Published by Delacorte Press on December 9, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
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"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
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.