Author: Karen M. McManus

Publication Date: December 3, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point–not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious–and dark–their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over–and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

Book Review

The Cousins is a great YA thriller like I expect from Karen M. McManus.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are invited to work at their grandmother’s resort for the summer. Their parents were unexpectedly disowned from their mother eighteen years ago and this is the first time anyone has heard from her. The parents make their children go to try to get their inheritance back. The family is not close and nobody has seen each other in years. The Storys are known for the secrets. Why were the children disowned? What secrets will the cousins uncover? What secrets are the cousins keeping?

I was invested in The Cousins from the first page. I was so curious to find out why Milly Story disowned her children. Milly, Aubrey and Jonah haven’t seen or talked to each other in years. Together they try to figure out what happened eighteen years ago. Milly and Aubrey quickly become close. I enjoyed reading about their new friendship. All of the family drama was interesting and I couldn’t wait to find out all the secrets. Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah all have difficult relationships with their parents. The grandmother was very standoffish and avoided her grandchildren which made me even more intrigued.

I recommend The Cousins to fans of Karen M. McManus and family based YA thrillers.

Thank you NetGalley, Penguin Random House Children’s UK, and the Write Reads for The Cousins.

About the Author

Karen M. McManus is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, and One of Us Is Next. Her fourth novel, The Cousins, will publish in December 2020. Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels.

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