I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
Published by Penguin UK on December 3, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Source: The Write Reads
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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.
I must confess, I am not the biggest reader in the young adult genre, but pair a mystery/thriller on top of it and my greedy little hands will have to have it. This is the first book I have read by Karen M. McManus. Shocking I know considering her serious, One of Us Is Lying, is hugely talked about and loved. I still have it on my TBR and now want to smack myself for never reading it which I will be rectifying really really soon because I absolutely loved The Cousins. What a story!
When cousins, Milly, Aubrey and Jonah are invited to stay at Gull Cove island, where their grandmother has a resort, the cousins are not sure what to make of said request considering their parents were disowned twenty four years ago. Milly, Aubrey and Jonah have never met or even spoken to their grandmother in their entire lives. What has changed now and why does their grandmother want to establish a relationship after all of this time? Not everything as it seems and there are secrets aplenty on the island and it is all about to come to a dramatic head.
The Cousins is intricately layered and full of twists and turns where even the twists have twists. The story is utterly shocking as it weaves its way through the present and the past
With clues dropping little by little thrusting you into seeing the bigger picture. I found myself flipping through the pages trying to get down to the bottom of it all and once you have a certain part all figured out McManus drops another bombshell all the way right through to the very last page.
I really enjoyed Milly, Aubrey and Jonah even though Milly and Jonah may not have always been likeable characters. Aubrey was sweet and more of the pushover of the three. Little by little each character starts to grow and I couldn’t help noticing the changes in each of them as they dealt with each other while trying to come to terms with the shortcomings of their own parents. There is a bit of romance thrown into the mix which was okay and definitely brought some needed angst to the table, although, it may have been the least favorite of mine in the story. It still worked, though.
If you enjoy twisty thrillers that will leave you gasping then you definitely will not want to miss out on The Cousins.