A thrilling page-turner full of interesting characters and many interlocking secrets
Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Karen M. McManus for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy!
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Premise (from Goodreads)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.
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.
Review (No Spoilers)
Karen M. McManus has kept her spot on my list of favorite YA mystery/thriller authors! Though The Cousins wasn’t my favorite book of hers (see my reviews of One of Us is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret) she has this amazing ability to keep me hooked on anything she writes.
Having heard many raving reviews about this book, I couldn’t wait to pick it up for this blog tour. I’ve been having a reading week of not-so-great books so I was very happy that I finally got to one that I thoroughly enjoyed enough to give a solid 4 star rating.
One of the things that I thought was really great about this book was that I found each of the three cousins to not only be likable, but also very relatable. While they are classic teenagers with many individual flaws, I developed a soft spot in my heart for each of them. I don’t feel too hot about any of the side characters (and I still want to punch several of them in the face) but having likable/relatable main characters is maybe the most important thing to me as a reader.
The main thing that I was disappointed with was how predictable I found the book. It is definitely filled with many twists and turns, but I saw almost all of them coming beforehand so I didn’t get that same gut-punch that other reviewers received. I was also constantly getting confused between the Story brothers because all of their names begin with the letter “A”. Even now that I’ve finished the book, I still couldn’t tell you who is who off the top of my head.
Regardless, The Cousins is a book that can be enjoyed by YA and adult readers alike and I’m definitely going to be keeping my eye out for more of Karen M. McManus’ works.
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