[Review] Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion

Synopsis: “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.

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Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery
Series:
Date of Publication: December 09th, 2014
Cliffhanger: Kind of
HEA/Happy End: Yes, I guess ?

Rating: 4 Stars ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶
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Suspicion was different than I imagined it, but that wasn’t a bad thing. I liked it the way it was, even though I’m normally not into books about “royalties” and stuff like that.
Suspicion tells the story of a girl named Imogen, who has mysterious abilities and who needs to return to her family mansion after several years of abscence.

The book is written in three parts.
Part One deals with the past, Imogen’s live in NY after the tragedy and her decision to move back to England, after finding out about something dramatic.
Part Two takes place back in England with Imogen trying to fit in her new life and trying to find answers about a different things, especially her ancestors and the maze.
And Part Three takes place after the events that took place during the yearly Rock Manford firework with Imogen investigating stuff.

Imogen is an orphan after a tragedy that took place while she was at the mansion for the summer. That said tragedy was a fire in the mansion when she was 10 years old. Because of that tragedy she never wanted to return, but she has to.
I could totally connect with her. I wanted to hug her and hold her and comfort her. Poor little Imogen. She wants to act like she did in New York – like a totally normal person -, but she isn’t allowed to because now she is a Duchess. Everyone calls her “Your Grace” and I would be so annoyed, but she accepts it quite well and grows into her role. Her abilities that I mentioned above do not appear a lot in the book but they have a key role in the story and she grows to like them.

We do not get to know the other characters very well, so I won’t say anything about them. You have to find out about them for yourself 😉

The book had a lot of OMG moments. Especially in the first part.

It also has some spooky moments (mostly in the second part)

Suspicion has it all: Royalty, Intrigues, Accusation, a little bit of Romance, Mystery, Spook-factor, Crime-solving.

If you expect a lot of romance you will be disappointed, because the romance takes up like 5-10 pages. Yep, that’s all. And if you expect a lot Maze action like in Maze Runner you will be disappointed to.

I have to admit I have a lot of imagination and I thought of multiple ways this book could end, but I did not see that twist coming.

I thought the twist was creative but the last few pages felt like the author did not want to write the story anymore and just wanted to end it fast. Also I’m not sure if this is suppose to be the first in a series, because it kind of ended with a cliffhanger, but only kind of. You can read it without ever touching the second one (should there ever be one), but there were some aspects unsolved.

I recommend this book to everyone that like their mysteries with a touch of supernatural.

I was pretty unsure how to rate this, because I liked it, but I normally wouldn’t have touched it… and because of the end. But it did surprise me, so it gets:

4 out of 5 stars – I liked it. / I would recommend it.

>>Buy it here:
Amazon DE | Amazon COM | Amazon UK

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