I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Delacorte Books on December 9, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
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.
I had hard time finishing this book because it was just down right boring in parts. I powered through and I finished the book. In the end, I didn’t hat but I didn’t love it either. I am giving an indifferent shrug and three stars because it is just an okay book, nothing special.
Seven years ago Imogen’s life was torn apart when her parents died in a fire. She cut off ties with her extended family in England and lived for years in New York with her guardians. Then one day she finds out the last of her living relatives have dies and she has inherited a dukedom. Fulfilling her duty she takes off England and begins living her life as the new Duchess of Rockford Manor. Once there she finds out that her cousin Lucia didn’t die by accident and whatever is hiding in the mysterious maze might have had something to do with it.
If you are like me then this book sounds interesting, right? Well, let me tell you it is not. It was kind of drug out in places and I found myself skimming over unimportant parts. I think there was just too much going on. There was a prophecy, there was something in the maze, there was a murder mystery, and there was even a romance. The murder mystery was the only thing I found interesting in this book. It had a twist I never saw coming. Personally, I think the “magical” aspect of this book didn’t even really need to be there. I guess it served a purpose in the end but mostly it was just a distraction to make the reader believe it had something to do with the overall murder plot.
The romance, jeez the romance, it was way too rushed and overly dramatic for my tastes. I love kissing and romance but the romance between Imogen and Sebastian, a boy she has loved since ten years old, was way too convenient. He was supposed to be in love in her dead cousin but then he confesses that they had problems he never stopped caring for Imogen all those either. The story itself skimmed over their romance and then bam they were in love. By the end they confessing their undying love, I mean come on.
The thing that brought this book up to a three star was it was a decent murder mystery. I was floored by the twist in the end. I didn’t see it turning out that way. The murder mystery alone was not enough to make me love this book. Suspicion had some good aspect and so not so good. I feel they were pretty even making this book just middle of the road story.