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Rebecca Retelling | Book Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Suspicion. There are no words. Well, ok, there are. This IS a book review…

Book Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

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suspicion by alexandra monir book review

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy- Mystery

Release Date: December 9, 2014

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Delacorte Press

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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.”


Suspicion is inspired by the iconic gothic romance, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I have not read Rebecca, but I can already tell you that I don’t think this book lives up to the classic.

From the outside, Suspicion seems dark and mysterious – and it is to a certain extent. But, overly flowery language, a ridiculous romance and a bland heroine ruins that effect.

Because of a family tragedy, Imogen decides to leave her manor home in England and start a new life in the U.S. with trusted guardians. But she can’t seem to escape her past…

The premise was interesting, and the beginning of the book flew by. Already, though, I had one major problem. Imogen. There could not be a more boring, lackluster character in YA right now.

Imogen is a character without depth or interests. Her purpose is to make decisions and investigate mysteries. She has no personality and she certainly doesn’t have any control over her emotions. There are endless ramblings about being drawn to so-and-so, ugh.

And don’t get me started on the “fantasy” aspect of the story. It’s barely explored and left unresolved at the end. It is enough to make a reader scream!

Finally, the ending. It was ridiculous and I rolled my eyes for a thousand years at the antics. The entire plot was illogical and the characters weak.

I’m not normally this harsh, but this book is a train wreck. The only redeeming qualities of the book were some of the twists and a one character in particular who has some spunk – even if she is a little evil.


I heartily DO NOT recommend this book. If you’re looking for a dark, mysterious story try Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea or The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer series. I would like to shield you from the disappointment that is Suspicion.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    Oh thanks! I’ve been thinking of buying this book for a while because the premise sounded interesting to me. I think I will save the money instead or buy a different book now.

    I always hate it when there is a paranormal or fantasy concept to a book which is never explored or explained. Then why include it at all?

  • Jeanette ‘/’

    I have to agree. I wasn’t thrilled about this book, but I didn’t dislike it either. But all the things you pointed out were true.