December 7, 2014
Suspicion by Alexandra Monir
Release date: December 9th, 2014
This e-galley was provided by Delacorte and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: "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?
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Honestly, I don't have anything positive to say. Suspicion went by quickly, which was nice. But the problem is, I don't remember much of what happened and I don't feel I got a good grasp for the characters. The book is 368 pages, so that's quite surprising. It also ended up being more paranormal than I was expecting, with hints of ghosts and reincarnation - both of which were left a bit unanswered. Overall, Suspicion was a book that left many plots dangling. I'm still wondering what happened to Theo in the end and things with Mrs. Mulgrave felt very unresolved. The romance was fairly solid, so that was a plus. But honestly, I felt very disconnected and disappointed when the book was over.
The Verdict: Not something I'd recommend. Pretty cover, but Suspicion felt very incomplete.