Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir


“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.

Publication Date: December 9, 2014

Suspicion had a beginning that really pulled me into the story right away. I loved the Old English Manor setting and the interesting cast of secondary characters. The suspense plot kept me reading to find out more about the curse surrounding Imogen’s family.

Although the beginning of Suspicion was very exciting, the pace slows down considerably after the first couple of chapters. The book definitely had a gothic feel and the suspense was slow building. I liked following along with Imogen as she attempted to uncover the dark history of Rockford.

The book had a very classic whodunit feel with a cast of characters that included the kindly butler, the evil maid and the mysterious gardener. There was also a love triangle between Imogen, her cousin and the handsome neighbor. I had issues with the romance, so it was one aspect of the book I wasn’t really feeling. I kept up with the novel more for the magic and mystery than Imogen and Sebastian’s relationship.

The conflict was resolved in the final act of the novel, but I’m not sure if it’s the resolution I wanted. I think maybe if the author took some more time to tie up the loose ends, I would’ve liked it more.

Overall, I’d recommend Suspicion to younger teens who enjoy books with mystery and magic.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!


  1. Sounds like a fun read :) Great review. Thanks for sharing, Heather. WRITE ON!

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