Friday, 9 October 2015

Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Author: Alexandra Monir
Pages: 296
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Status: standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

A modern-day twist on the classic thriller, Rebecca, with a dash of the supernatural, a powerful romance, and a deadly family mystery. 

“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. 


Suspicion by Alexandra Monir is a cunning tale about family, lies, deceit, and mystery. Although I have not read the novel or watched the Alfred Hitchcock film, I was thoroughly impressed with this modern day take of the story.

Imogen Rockford has always known her place in British society was high up since she was a child. However, after a tragic accident that killed her parents, uncle and aunt, she turned her back away from her family and their manor house for good. Seven years later, she finds herself in England once again, after learning more tragic news about her family. There, she tries to create an identity for herself amongst the shadows of those whole lived before her. But the longer she tries, the faster she realizes that there are more shadows and secrets around her, and when she turned her away from her family years before, she turned away more than she realized.

This story was good, and Imogen’s character was enjoyable overall. However, I found it quite odd she was still hung up over a guy from her childhood- a guy closely related to all the bad things that happened in her childhood. Other than that, there wasn’t much romance in the story- it focused a lot on the overall plot: Imogen’s family secrets.

I enjoyed the fact that it was fact paced, and there was nothing really dragging the plot from moving forward. However, I would’ve liked more insight into Lady Beatrice, as I did find the secrecy and the mystery behind her interesting.

Overall, this was a good book. If you’re really into suspense and mystery with a fast paced plot, this book would be great for you.

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