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The Cousins
Author: Karen M. McManus
Pages: 337
Format: E-Book
Genres: Mystery | Thriller | Young Adult
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children’s UK
Published: December 3rd 2020

Hello everyone! I have a very very very exciting post today! It is finally my stop on the blog tour for The Cousins by Karen McManus and I can’t wait to share my thoughts about this book with you!

If you don’t know already, I am a massive fan of McManus’ other books, especially One of Us is Lying. I do have one more of her other books that I need to read, but it’s near the top of my 2021 tbr!

Goodreads Synopsis

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each other, 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.

My Review

Thank you, Dave, from The Writes Reads, the publisher Penguin and the author for organising the tour and a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I was very nervous when I started reading The Cousins because I love Karen McManus’ other books so much and her writing style. I really wanted to love this book and I wasn’t disappointed at all!

The three cousins, Milly, Aubrey and Jonah Story all receive a mysterious letter from their grandmother. No one in the family has heard from her for decades after she cut ties with her all of her children. Now, without really a choice the three cousins are on a boat to Gull Cove Resort to work and meet their grandmother.

“I know what you did”

What I Loved

There were so many things in this book that I loved. The whole story is based on family secrets and lies which is very entertaining to read about. Especially all the drama that has happened to the Story family over the years. I loved all the characters, some more than others as well as the whole setting and vibe of the resort where the story takes place.

The Story

Gull Cove Resort has lots of tourists and permanent residents that have lived on the island for years. We find out a lot of information through these characters. I love this as you get more of a feel for the Island and the corrupt family from an outside point of view.

There is never a dull moment as something is always being revealed or happening. Whether it’s past or new secrets from the three cousins. There is always something to make you turn to the next page and carry on reading. The twists and turns were all tied up well and I even got that sunken feeling in my stomach about the creepiness when everything is finally revealed.

The Characters

The story is told from the perspective of four people. The three cousins Milly, Aubrey, Jonah, which is all present tense. But Allison, Milly’s mum, is set in the past when she is aged 18. I’ve always liked a dual perspective writing style and although I enjoyed reading from some of the characters points of view more than others, I still loved it.

They all had different personalities and although they were young, like in some young adult books, they weren’t irrational but they were actually extremely clever about the situation at hand.

Allison’s story was great and enjoyable to read as we learn a lot about the past and the secret that originally started this family feud. I wasn’t keen when we met Allison towards the beginning of the story because she seemed extremely spoilt and stuck up. But reading about her past made me like her character a lot more.

I still don’t know if I had a favourite character overall because they all learn and grow and they all have a lot of character development which I always love!

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I loved this book just as much as McManus’ other ones. It’s definitely one of my favourite books of the year because of the suspenseful twists and the characters just made me want to read on until I found out what happened. It’s a great mystery and thriller which is fun and completely addicting until the very end.

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Manchester blogger with a passion for reading, writing and travelling. I always have a book or a cup of tea in my hand.


13 December 2020 at 8:42 pm

It’s going to be ending of mine day, except before end I am
reading this enormous paragraph to improve my experience.

13 December 2020 at 9:10 pm

Great review, Ellie Mai! I agree that reading an author you love can sometimes be anxiety inducing because you want to continue loving them.

15 December 2020 at 12:43 pm

Yay, I’m so glad you loved this one. I really liked One of Us is Lying, and I need to read more by her!


16 December 2020 at 6:15 am

Great review Ellie Mai, I’m so glad you loved this book! 🙂

23 December 2020 at 11:59 am

Wow, five stars! I’m so glad you liked this one, and brilliant review I agree, there was never a dull moment.

27 December 2020 at 12:49 pm

I was wanting to read this but wasn’t sure! It’s definitely on my list now!
-Kyra xx

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