Author: Alexandra Monir
Publisher: Delacorte Press, 368 pages
Expected Publication Date: December 9, 2014
*ARC received by publisher via NetGalley
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.
I enjoyed the Downtown Abbey meets Princess Diaries aspect of this book, with Imogen being the American girl who has to learn about being a Duchess and deal with having servants. I liked the mystery of the maze and what happened to the family members. I liked that it was a standalone. But the paranormal part of the book didn't work for me because it didn't make sense in this normal world and then not much was even done with it. So I'm not sure what the point was. I also didn't feel like I got to know the love interest in the book and what I did learn I didn't like. He was a pretty weak character.
Finally, the big reveal was not believable. At all. I can't say more without spoiling it, but that tainted the whole book.
There were parts of the book I did like, but given that it's a mystery, the fact that the whodunit part of it (along with all that entailed) wasn't believable made this just an ok read for me.
Posted by: Pam