Review of The Cousins by Karen M. McManus (hardcover)





The Cousins by Karen M. McManus


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.

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.




Holy plot twists!

I love Karen Mc Manus. She’s quickly become an autobuy author for me. I’m pretty sure I’ve given all her books 5 stars. Maybe 4 1/2. There’s just something about the stories that I’ve really enjoyed and The Cousins was no exception. I love that there were so many plot twists. Some were ones I guessed on. Others were ones I was totally wrong on.

Since there are so many twists, I’ll keep this short. I think it’s best to go in not knowing much. Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah have never met their grandmother. All their parents were disowned 24 years earlier with a weird note of along the lines of “you know what you did.” They all deny knowing what happened, but none of them are very stable, happy adults. Mildred, the grandmother, sends a letter inviting the three cousins to her island to work for the summer. The kids don’t remember each other much, but they all decide to go. Things are weird right away when they get there. Mildred doesn’t see them and then acts like she didn’t know they were coming. Secrets from the past start coming out and there are also current secrets. Things just get weird and the kids are determined to find out what happened to make Mildred hate her own children.

I loved this one and flew through it. It’s definitely hard to put down. I gave this book 5 stars.

Warnings for fire, cheating, miscarriage, drowning, cuts and blood from glass, alcohol addiction, car accident, murder.



Have you read The Cousins yet?  Is it on your TBR?





Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

7 thoughts on “Review of The Cousins by Karen M. McManus (hardcover)”

  1. I have yet to read anything by Karen N. McManus but all her books get so much love in the book community, happy to have received a copy in my Fairyloot. Glad you enjoyed! ❤


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