Other than the gorgeous purple maze on the cover, I felt a slight kinship to Suspicion. For whatever reason, I recalled a horror movie from my childhood which featured a sinister maze overlooking a creepy hotel. It scared the pants off me at seven. Inside the maze were unmentionable evils. This is what I expected going into the book.

Instead, surprisingly, I received a modern day supernatural romance, with sprawling green hills and a Princess Diaries segment that featured a girl with a case of an incredible green thumb. This book, albeit a bit spooky, was by no means scary past page 50 or so. I liked that Imogen played on her iPad, mooned over her childhood crush, mourned her parents, and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how the heck a duchess was supposed to act. The plot line involving the fire that killed her parents however, was intriguing enough the supernatural element wasn't necessary. This would have worked just fine as a YA psychological thriller.

Book Blurb for Suspicion

A modern-day twist on the classic thriller, Rebecca, with a dash of the supernatural, a powerful romance, and a deadly family mystery.

“There’s something hidden in the maze.”

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.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2014 3.50