by Alexandra Monir
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 9, 2014)
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“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.
I expect anyone would want to read Suspicion. Why wouldn’t they? It has a such a cool cover.
But the literature hiding under the cover was alright, too. Suspicion bridged a few genres--it was mostly a mystery but it also had very strong elements of paranormal and Princess Diaries (if that can be considered an element). Overall, it was engaging and suspenseful, but it wasn’t my favorite. It, like the majority if books I read, lacked that special zip and zing that makes me feel magically in need of it.
A good book, yet not a part of my soul.
What I didn’t like
There were a few things that annoyed me:
- She’s convinced Sebastian is a good guy with absolutely no proof. I.D.I.O.T. Girls, don’t try this at home (or anywhere). Too many murders/sex traffickers out there!
- Although it was hard to solve the mystery, I felt like there were too many classical cues, making it borderline cliché.
- Besides finding out about her new role at Rockford, the build-up in New York created a Princess Diaries section that I would much preferred have been woven in rather than chunked together.
- The boy, the kiss, the grad night: Not only was it generic teenager, but it was totally unnecessary for the reader to have to sift through that just to prove she is preemptively smitten with someone she has ignored for seven years. Pretty sure that was the whole point of that section.
- Lauren. I can understand the “support” of the Marrinos, even though we only see them at the beginning and the end. But Lauren was such an useless character--either take her out or put her in the book a lot more!
- The paranormal. I love fantasy but I hate horror. And, sometimes that is a difference of a few “special” paragraphs--this also was too borderline in the book for my comfort.
- On that note, until I figured out what was happening, my unreasonable sleeping mind tried to finish the story. Unfortunately for me, my imagination is superb at latching onto the unknown and embellishing it with disturbing flare through nightmares. Bad, imagination, Bad!
What I did like
Thankfully, the stuff I did like outweighed the stuff I didn't:
- Imogen’s character. She was cool. A little snarky, incredibly brave, not annoyingly girlish with her wads of money, and I so want her super-power!
- Overall, I liked that there was romance in the book. (I even like unrealistic endings!)
- I love Britain in books (and in real life, but, who doesn’t!?). Considering, going to polo games, old libraries and pubs in England with Sebastian and his brother was a delightful background for this story.
- I loved the mysteries--especially trying to figure out who murdered who.
- I was actually pulled along and surprised. Suspicion was essentially a game of Clue with a dab of paranormal.
- Did I mention I liked the super-power? It was random, but also sweet and useful.
Are you going to read it?
I am sure you will discover more that you liked or didn’t like when reading Suspicion, but it was worth checking out. In case it isn’t obvious, I think it would appeal to people who like mysteries, paranormal, and contemporary love stories (not drama). Tell me what you think! I am curious!
“Inspiring the average American to change the world”
- Sexuality- Mild
- Language- Mild?
- Violence - Moderate
- Notables: It was a pretty clean read, but if you want to avoid ghost stories, don’t read this one. There are too many similarities.