Sunday, November 23, 2014

Early Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Release Date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte press
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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.

First off, how fabulous is that cover?!
Stunning! Beautiful, haunting, gorgeous. etc..
I seriously wish I had a hardback edition of this book, because I'd display the shit out of it.

I really enjoyed the writing, the pace, and the whodunnit murder-mystery aspect of it. 
I picked it up yesterday afternoon, and I finished it before bedtime.
It's not a short book, so that says something right there. So, even with all of the flaws, I couldn't bring myself to 1 star this book for that reason alone.

Sadly, there were issues.
Issues that simply cannot be overlooked and swept under the rug, regardless of how quickly I devoured it.

The magic.
This was downright hokey.
Her hands crack open, and water comes out? WTF?! 
As a plain mystery, this would have been a much better story, but whatever this 'elemental power' thing was, just kind of ruined it. It was campy, ill-explained, and ultimately mostly unnecessary.

The romance...
And I'm being totally serious when I say this.
It was such a calf-eyed insta-love, that I thought it was a red herring to throw us off the trail. I assumed that there was no way for this to be an actual romance worth taking seriously. The end would clear it out of the way, she would find someone else (or not), and I didn't need to worry that this bullshit was for real.
Ridiculous doesn't even begin to explain how awful it was. I just can't...

The ending.
Did no one care enough to step up and tell the author that this was a wad of unbelievable nonsense? 
I have a hard time believing that anyone out there would be able to cheerfully swallow that down as a remotely reasonable explanation.
I'm wrong. Of course I'm wrong, because I see several 4 and 5 star reviews for this, so, yeah.
Some folks bought it.
And I don't want to spoil anything for someone who wants to read this one with my ranting. However, if you definitely don't ever want to read this, then you can click this link for SPOILERS

In the end, I'd say the writing was good, but the unbelievability of some of the plot elements really took its toll on me.


Olivia-Savannah said...

Okay, I have seen a lot of negative reviews for this book that rate it no higher than this. For the first time in a long time, I actually think this is a book I am going to remove from my TBR. I feel like these issues would interfere with how much I liked it.

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