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Blog Tour: The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Thank you so much to Dave @ The Write Reads, Karen and everyone @ Penguin for including me in this tour and for the early review copy!
All opinions are my own.

Title: The Cousins
Author: Karen M. McManus

Expected publication: December 3rd 2020
by Penguin

Length: 304 pages
Genre/Age Range: YA Mystery

Source: Blog tour / Publisher

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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’ve been sooo in the mood for Ya Mystery or thriller books! After my romance phase during the summer, now I’ve been binging all the thriller and crime stories I could get my hands on and this one fit the bill 100%.

I just flew through the pages, totally engrossed in the story and smiling throughout. I had the best time reading this. (Even though I’m quite stressed right now but the Cousins provided a welcome break from all that)

The book is written in some kind of dual timeline. For the most chapters, we follow one of the three cousins; Milly, Aubrey or Jonah. But we also get chapters from Allisions POV (Milly’s mom) when she was a teenager.
The writing style flows effortlessly and again, I was flying through the book.

I loved the premise of the book; The 4 Story kids being disinherited by their mother and all the explanation they ever got is a letter with one sentence: You know what you did.
This promises lots of family secrets that only wait to be uncovered.

There are lots of different subplots, little twists and turns and whenever you think you know what will happen, something other is uncovered. I loved all these little secrets and how they were revealed.

But most of all I loved the dynamic between Aubrey, Milly and Jonah. They are all very distinct characters, with their own mannerisms and hopes. Their banter is hilarious sometimes and I had to laugh so much from some things Aubrey said (I’d love to quote one, but unfortunately my fav is a big spoiler)

The first meeting between Milly and Jonah was hilarious as well. (I’m just gonna say constipated gnome …)

With each new chapter, I liked the three more and more. Usually, characters like Milly and Jonah, very sassy or really grumpy, are my favs but I loved Aubrey right from the start, too. She is so hopeful and kind, and something in her story just hit a bit too close too home.

“Without Milly here, I can’t inject as much disdain into my words as I want to.
Being sarcastic to Aubrey feels like kicking a puppy”

I also really liked how all three of them grew up in very different ways and how it all affected their life.

The setting on Gul Cove Island is also quite cool. I liked exploring it alongside the characters and meeting all the people who knew their parents from their childhood.

The Cousins was a fun, addictive read from start to finish! I’m definitely gonna check out Karen’s other books because now I’m hooked!
If you haven’t read anything by her yet, I really suggest you do.

“The Story family is seriously messed up.”
The simple truth of that hits me with more surprise than it should. Even though I’ve alsways known my father’s family wasn’t exactly normal, I sued to think there was something … romantic, I guess, about their particular brand of disfuntion. But truth is, my dad and his siblings are all miserably.

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.

Karen’s LinksWebsite – Instagram – Twitter – Goodreads

Have you read any of her books yet? Would you like to? What were your thoughts about them? Let me know!

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