Thursday, December 4, 2014

ARC Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Author: Alexandra Monir
Publication: Delacorte Press (December 9, 2014)

Description: “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.

My Thoughts: This story combines mystery, romance and the paranormal into a page-turning story that I couldn't put down. Imogen Rockford was only ten when her parents and her aunt and uncle were killed in a fire. Although she is the granddaughter of the Duke of Rockford, she is taken to New York to be raised by her guardians who were her parents' best friends. She has survived the tragedy by putting the whole thing out of her mind, except for the nightmares, and is a pretty ordinary, though rich and privileged, American teenager.

When she is just seventeen and about to graduate from high school she learns that her guardians have been keeping information from her. Her beloved older cousin Lucia and her grandfather have both died leaving her as the new Duchess of Rockford. Imogen feels obligated to return to England and take up her role as duchess.

Returning to England drops her into a lifestyle that she doesn't feel comfortable with and drops her into a home that she only vaguely remembers. It also gives her the opportunity to reunite with the young man who was the object of her childhood crush but who was also her cousin Lucia's boyfriend. Returning to England also reignites the paranormal episodes that she hasn't experienced since she was last a Rockford and add to her confusion.

The book was a complete page-turner. I got swept into Imogen's world and really identified with her. Afterwards, I did stop to wonder about the logic of some of the events and question some of the things that happened. Teen readers probably wouldn't have the same reaction but would be focused on the romance and paranormal.

I'll be buying this one for my high school media center.

Favorite Quote:
"You're the new duchess?" one of them asks in apparent disbelief, her mouth hanging open to reveal a wad of bubble gum.

"Um. Yeah," I answer awkwardly.
I got this eARC from NetGalley for review. You can buy your copy here.

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