Suspicion by Kate Brian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: February 4th 2010
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Silver star (3.5/5 stars)
Synopsis: Warning: Contains spoilers to the Private series.
Reed, Noelle, and former Billings Girls Kiran and Taylor have been living it up on St. Barths over winter break. The tropical sun has melted away all the tensions of last semester, and for the first time in months, Reed is happy. She’s got her best friends by her side, she has a palatial suite with an ocean view, and she’s landed Upton, the most sought-after guy on the island.
Reed is falling in love.
But dating Upton makes Reed St. Barths’ highest-profile guest — and not in a good way. Upton has a dark past, and he’s broken a lot of hearts. One of his exes still wants him. And she’ll do whatever it takes to get Reed out of the picture.
Review: It is difficult to review this book without revealing some major spoilers. Read on, if you have read the previous books in the series.
Private novels are my guilty pleasure, I would read them within a few hours and close the book thinking “I need the next book, now!” While they are enjoyable reads, the characterisation is flawed because it is overshadowed by the drama and excitement that takes place throughout the book. However, the story itself is pretty good, I was quite shocked at the ending. WOW!
Adults might not be able to relate to the characters, and the same goes for readers who are anti Gossip Girl. They will have difficulty warming up to the characters as most of the characters, except Reed, are one-dimentional and live a glamourous lifestyle. And sadly, character development was barely there. However, plot wise, Brian did a smashing job with the climax. The book was very suspenseful and action-packed with some twists you would not see coming! One thing I like about Brian’s novels is that they are always suspenseful and enough to hold the reader’s attention till the last page.
I am glad that this novel ended with a proper conclusion; the killer found. It only happens once every four books for the Private series. But of course, the ending is also open ended as Reed encounters another problem. Overall, Suspicion was an entertaining read that kept me on the edge of my seat. The Private series is a series I recommend if you are looking for Gossip Girl with mystery. Do check out the Privilege series if you can’t get enough of these amazing novels!