Suspicion: A Private Novel by Kate Brian
*the whole description and review may be spoilers for any previous books*
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.
First Impressions: I'm an avid Private reader. I'm addicted to this series, no doubt. Even did a WoW post on Suspicion. So yeah, when I saw it in Coles, I had to snatch up a copy.
The Private series is like a drug, point blank. It's absorbing and short, cutting off and making you want more. Those months waiting for the next book can be torture. And I love every minute of it.
Private's almost like a serial. (Yeah, just studying Dickens serials in English class. :P) Each installment is a continuation, each book short and leaving you aching for the next.
Brian certainly knows how to ramp up the intrigue, mystery, and suspense. Each Private novel has you sitting on the edge of your seat, or lying on the edge of your bed, as my case was, and Suspicion is no exception. The previous novel ended with a major cliffie, perhaps the biggest to date, and I started Suspicion dying to know what happened. And when you figure out who it was in the end... hoo boy.
Final Impressions: It's hard to think of each Private novel individually, because I really do think of them as a serial type. If you like the Private series, you'll surely love Suspicion. It has just as much angst, confusion, romance, and deadliness to keep you going. It does get awfully crazy and far-fetched at some parts, but that just adds to the fun.
Add to Shelf: Big yes from me! I collect all of them religiously. They're all really thin, but only paperback so pretty worthwhile.
Note This: Honestly drawing a blank. There are scandals galore, set on the ritzy backdrop of a beautiful beach. And deserted island... ;)