Author: Karen M. McManus
Genre: YA Thriller
Published by: Penguin
Publication date: 03/12/20
My rating: ★★★★★
I received a free review copy from Penguin and The Write Reads in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The Storys are the envy of their neighbours: owners of the largest property on their East Coast island, they are rich, beautiful, and close. Until it all falls apart. The four children are suddenly dropped by their mother with a single sentence:
You know what you did.
They never hear from her again.
Years later, when 18-year-old cousins Aubrey, Milly and Jonah Story receive a mysterious invitation to spend the summer at their grandmother’s resort, they have no choice but to follow their curiosity and meet the woman who’s been such an enigma their entire lives.
This entire family is built on secrets, right? It’s the Story legacy.
This summer, the teenagers are determined to discover the truth at the heart of their family. But some secrets are better left alone.
THE BRILLIANT NEW THRILLER FROM INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE OF US IS LYING KAREN M MCMANUS
I don’t know how I’m going to review this one. Karen M. McManus has done it again! The Cousins is quite simply brilliant! The book is mostly told from the perspective of cousins Aubrey, Millie and Jonah, who are the kids of the disinherited Storys. I was intrigued from the start, you don’t really know anyone, not everyone is who you think they are, and everyone has their secrets. Secrets that are just waiting to be revealed. I could not put this one down. I was so eager to know what happened that caused their parents to be disinherited, and all the smaller secrets that trickle out as events unfold. It was definitely worth losing sleep over.
There’s definitely a few unlikable characters, that in no way detracts reader enjoyment. By the end you can see why they were that way, why they came across as unlikable and I loved it! I’m not going to spoil who it is, I will say they became my favourite.
You might be wondering why my review is so vague, I think that’s the best way to go into this. It was more fun going into it not knowing what to expect. I definitely recommend giving The Cousins a read, especially if you love their previous books!