The One Where I Review Suspicion

The One Where I Review SuspicionSuspicion by Alexandra Monir
Published by Random House Children's Books on December 8th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Family, Horror & Ghost Stories, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Pages: 304
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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 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.

WOO! Book 1 for Arc August (2015) = completed (took me long enough…).

I’ve had this book hanging out in my Netgalley queue forever. I originally requested it because of that gorgeous cover and the promise of a paranormal-filled mystery. Did it deliver?

Um. Sort of, not really, in a weird way, no.

Gorgeous cover = ✓

Paranormal-filled = 𝗑

Mystery = ✓ and 𝗑 (????)

Okay, 2 things before I get into the review:

  1.  I was really thrown of that this was set in modern times. I definitely thought this would be set in the Victorian Era so this automatically took a little away from me (my personal preferences).
  2. I’ve never read Rebecca on which this book was based. I’ve never been one for the classics DON’T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT!  so I have absolutely no idea if this book did the original justice.

On to the review! (I can’t really review fully without spoilers but they will be in spoiler tags)

There’s no doubt that I enjoyed this book. I wasn’t in love with any of the characters and it took be a bit to get into (almost halfway), but once secrets started coming out and the mystery started picking up pace and the craziness started happening, I was hooked. The problem wasn’t so much while I was reading it, but after I was done. 

  •  This book isn’t really paranormal: I mean it is, but it also isn’t (confusing, I know). There are some small paranormal incidents that happen, but basically they’re never talked about. It’s almost as if they are there simply because the author wanted to add paranormal/creepiness to the book, but it just doesn’t add anything to the plot. It could have, but the author never fleshes it out nor does she really make a conclusion regarding it. View Spoiler »
  • There is magic instead – but also almost pointless: Another thing that was added, yet felt like it fell so flat. Seriously, what was the purpose? It was basically because it came in handy and moved the plot forward, but it also felt so random. View Spoiler »
  • I would’ve liked this book a lot better if it was either just pure mystery or if the paranormal factor was upped and was absolutely central to the plot: This is hard because the paranormal/magical part WAS at the center of the plot, but it also absolutely wasn’t (?). It felt like it was never fully fleshed out and because of this, though it was supposed to be central to the plot, it ended up feeling like it was just thrown in to make it more shocking or simply to move the plot forward. View Spoiler »
  • The end was shocking and also unbelievable: Yes, I was absolutely shocked (A+ for that I guess), but it was also kind of unbelievable. I can’t say without giving the entire book away but REALLY? I’m not sure that’s entirely possible or plausible. But whatever, it was entertaining because I was shocked.
  • Secrets! Yes, so many secrets! It was riddled with shock and awe and though the ultimate reveal was kind of unbelievable, the many secrets were utterly delicious to read about.

 

This is very hard to review because I can’t really discuss my issues without massive spoilers. However, despite my many issues, I did enjoy reading it (oddly enough). But I would have much rather preferred it be simply a pure mystery or to have really had the paranormal/magical part as an absolutely necessary part of the story rather than something to add shock and serve only to move the plot forward.

Have any of y’all read this book? Did you feel the same way? Or do you think I’m utterly insane and that this book was perfection? And tell me, did it do Rebecca justice?

 

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