Review: ‘Suspicion’ by Alexandra Monir

I received this book for free from borrowed from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Suspicion’ by Alexandra MonirSuspicion by Alexandra Monir
Published by Delacorte Press on December 9th, 2014
Genres: Family, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library
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.

About Alexandra Monir

Author and recording artist Alexandra Monir broke onto the scene in her early twenties with the release of her popular debut YA novel, the paranormal romance TIMELESS (Delacorte Press/Random House). The book caught on quickly, landing on the Barnes & Noble Bestsellers chart and being named one of Amazon's "Best Books of the Month." The sequel, TIMEKEEPER, was published in 2013. Both books in the series have been featured in a variety of media, from USA Today to teen magazines and websites such as J-14, JustJaredJr, and Justine Magazine. SUSPICION (Random House; December 9, 2014) marks Alexandra's first novel outside of the Timeless series, as well as her first foray into the mystery genre. Her fourth YA novel for Random House will be published in April 2016.

Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter, known for integrating music into her books' pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany TIMELESS and TIMEKEEPER, which were released as the album "The Timeless EP" and distributed by Jimmy Buffett's record label, Mailboat Records. She additionally recorded a new song to be released along with Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Alexandra is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Persian opera singer.

Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She has been invited to speak at middle schools and high schools across the country, and at major events including Comic-Con, Bouchercon, the Iranian-American Women's Leadership Conference, and New York Public Library's annual Teen Author Festival, among others.

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Suspicion 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.


They can call me duchess, but I’m still me.
But let me be the friend you need. I want to be here for you.
Ghosts never really leave, though, do they?
I don’t know if I’ll ever again see anything so beautiful…or painful.





  1. Tiffany (AboutToRead)

    February 2, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    You have a good point about the romance. They could have fallen for each other much more slowly. The 2nd have of the book with the cousin stuff did bother me because I wasn’t looking for a murder mystery and just did not like the direction it went in.

    • giselle

      February 3, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      I’m terribly picky about the romance being just the right about when they fall in love lol

      Awww it’s too bad.. Sometimes they do surprise you though

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