I am back with another book review! “Suspicion” by Alexandra Monir. A thrilling tale of a royal family, murder, and a mystery dating back hundreds of years.
Reader discretion is advised. This review will contain detailed plot spoilers and a few scenes that may be unsuitable for younger audiences. If you want to see my rating of the book, scroll straight to the bottom.
“Suspicion” is set in modern England. The Rockford family is an old and powerful family, now split into two separate branches– the heirs family resides in England, and the brother of the heir lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
The story revolves around Imogen Rockford, who goes to visit her family in England every year. The book opens on Imogen sitting in her castle in the present, waiting to speak to the police. We are brought back to Imogen’s past, and learn of the demise of everyone in her family aside from her cousin and her grandfather. They burn in a fire, a fire that taints the land.
Imogen returns to New York and is take in by her parents friends. She decides to shun her cousin and grandfather, because her cousin is dating Sebastian, the boy Imogen was smitten with as a young girl. Sebastian has a little brother named Theo who nobody really cares about. Poor Theo. Personally, I thought this was a little bit over the top. Nearly everyone Imogen ever cared about is suddenly dead and she decides to shut away the few living people that care about her? Anyways, Imogen is eventually contacted by an official involved in her family’s affairs and learns that her cousin + grandfather are dead (totally accidental, not murder or anything) and Imogen is the last heir to take the throne. Surprise! You get to go from being a senior in high school extremely worried about going to college to a multi-millionaire duchess with tons of admirers.
This book is very remarkable for it’s surprise twists and turns. Imogen’s cousin was actually murdered! It was totally Sebastian. But then Imogen finds letters from her cousin to Theo and…shocker! She was secretly with Theo. Another shocker! Sebastian never actually loved her! So we come to the age old question of: who done it? Theo, the possibly deranged little brother who nobody really cares about because he’s not a famous sports star? Or Sebastian, the moody but famous sports star? If you went with Theo or Sebastian…you’re wrong. Imogen’s cousin is alive! Turns out she switched places with the daughter of a maid. And then she killed said daughter. It’s also her fault that everyone else is dead. While all of this is going on, Imogen learns of an ancestor who was hanged as a witch. Imogen just happened to be the first descendant to inherit her magical abilities. She’s not a witch, she’s an “elemental.” Also, there’s some sort of magical stone hidden in the maze on the Rockford estate. Nobody can find the center or the magic stone, they always get lost. They could’ve just used a helicopter and looked from the air, but that would’ve been too simple.
Eventually Imogen gets the stone, regrows the plants on the supposedly tainted land, and all is well.
Overall, this book wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed the several twists and turns along the way. The main thing I didn’t like was the lack of characterization in some places. Some characters literally had no reason for existing, and some barely had a personality.
I’ll give this book 4/5 stars and a 10+ rating for violence and a few darker themes.
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