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Suspicionby Alexandra Moni
Publication: Delacorte Press, Random House Children's on December 9th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Delacorte Press, NetGalley, Random House Children's
Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.
"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?
Combining a fresh twist on the classic REBECCA with a spine-tingling mystery and powerful romance, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’m not really sure what I expected when I requested to review Suspicion, but this book definitely surprised me. I love stories involving sprawling, noble estates–and ones that include a mystery or a haunting hint of the paranormal? Even better.
This book almost reads like a somber, paranormal version of The Princess Diaries to me. In both books, an unlikely heiress is thrust into the throes of nobility. But Suspicion had the promise of a grown-up edge that I liked. I really, really enjoyed the concept–but overall, I wish I had liked the book more than I did.
There wasn’t much to define the main character, Imogen–actually, a great deal more of the book was spent detailing her cousin, Lucia–but I liked her well enough. My real problems were with the continuity and plot holes. I mean, View Spoiler »no one realized that Maisie and Lucia pretended to be each other for seven years « Hide Spoiler? Come on. There’s also the fact that View Spoiler »Imogen’s “powers” contributed very, very little to the plot and were largely unnecessary « Hide Spoiler and that Imogen View Spoiler »didn’t really care that she thought her love interest (or his brother) might be responsible for her cousin’s murder « Hide Spoiler?!
The writing was great, the concept was intriguing, and it was a fast-paced and interesting read, but there are things I can’t let go of after finishing Suspicion. I probably would have liked it better if I had only read the first 3/4 of the book.