Thursday, March 5, 2015

Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

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Review Copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Published: December 9, 2014

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.

So I wanted something gothic with a lovely romance and some too-hot to handle (haha) magic. Sadly, I just didn’t get what I wanted. Not all of us get what we want. With this book it seems like the majority of people either loved it to pieces or didn’t like it at all. As you may have guessed, I fall into the latter. *Le Sigh* So, I assume you’re wondering why I fall in the latter.

Excellent question. Let me begin.

Let’s begin with the plot. I was pretty uninterested in the book for the first 75%. This was mainly because all that the main girl did was talk about the guy she couldn’t have because apparently she’s been in love with him since she was young. Does a 7 year old really understand what it’s like to be in love? I don’t even know what being in love feels like. But this seven year old girl does. And so does the cousin. Mmhm. And so the obsession begins . . . Then there was the fact that she asked all the wrong questions. She's the definition of boy crazy.

The love interest. The romance. I saw an appeal in neither. Neither was my particular cup of tea. They boy felt, forced? Forced, I guess.

The part I did like about the book was the setting. I thought it sounded enchanting.

With none of my questions answered I felt less than satisfied with the overall ending of the book. Overall, this isn’t a book I’d really recommend.

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