Thursday, November 24, 2016
67. Suspicion by Alexandra Monir
2014, Delacorte Press
Goodreads rating: 3.59 - 1,723 ratings
My rating: 3.5
Setting: Contemporary NYC and England
First line/s: "I should know this room. I've been inside it countless times.but everything looks different now. The vibrant colors have all turned gray, the view out the windows is a foreign blur, and someone must have rearranged the furniture without telling me."
My comments: Back in the early days of my marriage when I knew no one in the tiny village of Northeast Harbor and my new husband was away at Basic Training, I practically lived in the town library. I inhaled every book by Jane Aiken Hodge, Daphne duMaurier, Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, and Phyllis A. Whitney. What were they called...gothic romances? I drank up Suspicion in one sitting because it reminded me so much of those days and those books. And it ended up being a very likeable book. Didn't blow me away, but certainly entertained me for awhile.
Goodreads synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.
For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams. In an effort to escape the past, she leaves Rockford Manor and moves to New York City with her new guardians. But some attachments prove impossible to shake—including her love for her handsome neighbor Sebastian Stanhope.
Then a life-altering letter arrives that forces Imogen to return to the manor in England, where she quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind Rockford’s aristocratic exterior. At their center is Imogen herself—and Sebastian, the boy she never stopped loving.
Combining spine-tingling mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Suspicion is an action-packed thrill ride.