Author: Alexandra Monir
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Delacorte (December 9, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!
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.
Even though I have read retellings before of Rebecca, I have never actually read the original, which just might be why I seem to like the retellings so much and why this worked so well for me.
Throw in a well done retelling with just enough hint at a solid mystery and a paranormal aspect and you pretty much have me at “go”. Not to mention the alluring synopsis and of course that absolutely gorgeous cover and okay, I was pretty drawn in from the get go. But, I have been deceived by a pretty face before and burned so I did try to go into this with very little expectation.
Did I mention the gorgeous England setting in an even better manor house? No? Well I should have because that too just added to the appeal of the story. The beauty of it and of course the atmosphere.
Like I said, I haven't read the original tale of Rebecca so I didn't have any expectations at all going into this other than I knew it had a gorgeous cover and a synopsis I just couldn't resist.
And I know this read just won't be for everyone but, it was for me. I loved it and the crazy part is that I can't even tell you why other than I just really did.
It has just enough mystery, a hint of romance, danger, and of course the unknown paranormal side that it had me completely enthralled even though it wasn't even fully explained. But once I started reading, I just couldn't put it down. I was constantly guessing what was going to happen next and I loved it.
This might not be a great piece of literary work or will ever become a classic and that is okay because I had a great time reading it and it was just so much fun not to mention entertaining and because of that, I can't possibly rate it any lower than the four stars that I think it deserves.