Suspicion by Alexander Monir : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 3.5/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

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.

My Point of View :

The hauntingly beautiful cover definitely got my attention to actually grab the book (not physically, just the ebook version) and read it. I have no idea what the thriller Rebecca is all about but the plot of this book is actually not bad. There is enough suspense to keep me reading….and also if Imogen ended up with Sebastian or not.

I’m not really good at writing but have definitely read a lot of books, so it is safe to say that I know what makes up a good book. The plot alone (no matter how good it is) is not enough for a book to be a great novel, the details are equally important. By details I really mean the British and American slang. Imogen have been living most of her life in America, while Sebastian, Theo…etc. are British. I don’t really see the slang different when there should be. In fact….I don’t think there’s anything British sounding in the whole book. If you somehow found anything that I missed, do tell, because I tend to speed-read and miss some words.

The relationship between Imogen and Sebastian wasn’t really well-developed either. The whole idea of the story is mainly about Imogen’s crush towards Sebastian (at least that’s how I see it), so besides the whole mystery thing that Imogen was trying to solve, I was hoping that there is more relationship development between her and Sebastian. Imagine my disappointment when all I have was Sebastian telling Imogen that he have never love Lucia but her all along and then proceed to kissing her. And the epilogue just depicts them hugging each other lovingly. Seriously? Is that all? And would Sebastian said the same thing if the one he was facing is the real Lucia all along?

Other than that, its an “okay” book. It was only the mystery that kept me reading. Not sure if I would recommend it to others to read though. Maybe if you have read Timeless series by the same author and you like it, you could try this one.

Favorite Quote : None from this book.



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