Suspicion by Alexandra MonirSuspicion by Alexandra Monir

Suspicion

byAlexandra Monir

Paperback | December 8, 2015

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"If Alfred Hitchcock had directed Downton Abbey, the result would have been this book. Alexandra Monir takes us on a gripping, nonstop thrill ride with just the right amount of supernatural and an ending that you definitely won't suspect. I devoured it in one sitting." —Jessica Brody, bestselling author of the Unremembered trilogy
 
"Take The Princess Diaries and add magic, murder and mystery, and you've got SUSPICION." —Amy Plum, author of the of the international bestselling Die For Me series
 
“There’s something hidden in the maze.” 
 
Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before he, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor were consumed by a blazing fire.
 
For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams even as she moved away and attempted to start over. But some attachments prove impossible to shake—including her love for her handsome former neighbor Sebastian Stanhope. When a letter arrives that forces Imogen to return to her family’s estate, she quickly discovers the dark secrets that her father warned her about. 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.

"Intensely dramatic, fast-paced, and twisty, Monir’s mystery ticks every gothic suspense box. The combination of paranormal elements with a star-crossed romance between almost-royals should keep readers rapt." —Booklist




From the Hardcover edition.
Alexandra Monir is an author and recording artist in her twenties. Suspicion is her third novel published by Random House. Her debut was the popular time-travel romance, Timeless, followed by the 2013 sequel, Timekeeper. Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is at work on her next novel, while also blogging for The Huff...
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Title:SuspicionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 0.71 inPublished:December 8, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385372515

ISBN - 13:9780385372510

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thriler In All Aspects The Characters,Plot, Suspense and Twist had me so intrigued that putting the book down was not an option.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adore this book! Suspicion is the riveting tale about magic, labyrinths (agh, I remember discovering the definition behind that word), romance and a British empire and family who keep undergoing death and nasty (drama) things. I loved the main character, and just about every speck of gorgeousness that Alexandra Monir provided readers with from start to finish. This is a true gem at the bookstore, library or any other bookish provider that you know of. Weeks later, I am still shocked with everything that occurred, and everything is so new in my mind that it just keeps repeating truly like some endless labyrinth or cycle. This newbie has caught my eye for a long time, though not being captivated by Monir's time traveling trilogy, I had second guesses. If you are even not the biggest fantasy fan, this light read could seriously change that, as it is not a heavy duty read where you have to pry your eyes open and put that lame thinking cap on to make sure you understand every plot bit. Alexandra Monir implants royalty and magic together, two things that go with each other like milk and cookies. We have our protagonist, Imogen, who never knew that she would one day become heir to her throne, and after spending many years in New York City with a foster family who loves her as if she was their own child, she decides to head back to London where her family's history resides beside her. Okay, there's romance, there's drama. I aspire to read books like that. If this did not contain any kind of romance whatsoever, I think my attention span would have died down, and this certainly could have been a DNF or close. The fling between Imogen and Sebastian just made complete sense with it all. I highly feel like promoting it. PROMOTE THE ROMANCE WITH FANTASY, PEOPLE! The cover just makes so much sense and I feel this Selection by Kiera Cass vibe coming from this. Do not expect the actual selecting part though. This cannot compare to The Bachelor, my fellow rom-com obsessed friends. Instead, we had the kick-ass royalty thing coming along. Monir experiments this plot with a modern-day setting in London. I certainly have rarely seen high fantasy mixed with mystery mixed with contemporary. There goes the risk-taking that I love when authors take! This just turned out to be such a great read that I highly recommend. I finished it in a sitting, devoured it instantly, and went around later explaining it to my friends. I have this itsy-bitsy feeling that they are hooked. This is not your Snow Like Ashes thing with elements or dragons. This is something that who knows, could exist somewhere. Think of death, parallel universes and a pretty garden with maids who fake things. Wow. *takes a breather*
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED Wow! I have to start off with a thank you to my husband chose this book because he liked the cover and I couldn't decide which book I wanted to read. This book was a very very easy read. Imogen had quite the journey in this book. Everything flowed so well. I love that Imogen was the narrator but also Lucia (only for a small portion) was equally great. The author was very clever when writing this book. There was tragedy, ghosts, magic, history, suspense and it was also thrilling, I couldn't put it down. I could've read this in three hours but.... work and life got in the way lol One of my favourite things about this book is that it takes place in England. It's not only my favourite place in the work but I love their culture and HELLO? They have royalty!!! And this book definitely has that. The book starts off with a 10 year old Imogen but then goes to the present and then back to the past and Vice versa. The details of the landscape were amazing I could feel myself looking at the gardens. And the characters were fantastic. I have never read a book by Alexandra Monir before, but I will now. She made all the characters come to life for me; some lovable and the bad ones hatable lol and I'm okay with that because it made the book better. This is more of a rant than a review but I don't care!! I would totally recommend this book. It was so fun to read and it doesn't repeat (my pet peeves of peeves). I'm giving this book Four and a Half HAPPY stars. I'm not giving it five because in the beginning it made me cry and I'm not OK with that but it was a sweet cry, very moving and I totally was not expecting it lol.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was a huge fan of Alexandra Monir's Timeless duology, and so when I heard she was writing a new YA novel based off of an older story, I immediately wanted to get my hands on this book. I also love the way that Alexandra's writing style has you hooked right from the first page, and that definitely was evident with this book as well. However, I just found the rest of the novel fell flat in my eyes, and wasn't at all what I was expecting. The mystery element was not explained well enough, and had me questioning what on earth had just happened. The supernatural element was downright weird and didn't fit in with the rest of the story. The "swap" made no sense, and left me questioning how no one could have possibly noticed such a thing, and most of the main characters were downright obnoxious in the condescending and arrogant way they treated everyone around them. I would personally recommend skipping this one, and picking up her Timeless duology instead.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good, but then it fell flat.. <em>Suspicion</em> starts off with Imogen and her family when she was just ten years old. Being happy to see her cousin Lucia at their summer palace. When tragedy strikes her family, she is shipped off the United States to live with her godparents and her friend Zoey. She realizes that her adopted parents are keeping something from her and when she finds out, the life that she knows is gone. She's going back to the United Kingdom to be the Duchess herself. There is something about her writing that just made me keep reading and wanting to read until the very end. Told in a forward voice and reason, I felt like I was never bored. The beginning started off good and I was interested in the whole British aristocracy and the life that she would be leading. Only it plummeted from there. I couldn't understand how Imogen was acting afterwards. It didn't make any sense. I also loved the supernatural elements at play, and even felt chills during one part. I did have issues though, quite a lot of them to be honest. I didn't quite understand the love story that was happening. No one falls in love at ten years old and continues to. I felt like it was rather unrealistic the romance that sprouted from her childhood friendship with Sebastian who is too “good-looking to be legal.” The amount of times she said he was handsome or cute bordered on excessive. Then there's the fact that even though she says she doesn't want the title or the maids and the help, she is still very rude and condescending. I don't think she thinks before she speaks. Also, I was upset about why the supernatural appearances that happened had no explanations whatsoever. The mystery behind the Shadow Garden and her cousin was just a little too much. I don't know how people can mistake the differences between the two. There was also the lack of emotion coming off of Imogen when she learned the truth that troubled me. Eeps! It would have been even more interesting if the main character was the culprit. Read it for the creepy mystery and chilling supernatural occurrences! Don't expect a slow burn romance, because this one had me shaking my head. Overall, a good story but lacked execution and realism.
Date published: 2015-01-09