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The Cousins Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

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Cover image of The Cousins by Karen M. McManus.

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.

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I adore Karen M. McManus’ novels so there was no doubt in my mind that The Cousins would become a new favourite of mine. McManus writes short, concise but thrilling mystery novels that always leave me guessing! The Cousins has a slightly different theme to her previous novels, it’s very family centred and based around the mystery of what events conspired when the main characters parents still lived on the island. This novel is a definite page turner and with only three hundred pages I devoured half the book in just one sitting!

I am a huge fan of dual timelines and multiple perspectives within a book and Karen M. McManus has delivered on both counts! The novel would occasionally dip into the past to tease us with scenes from years when the parents lived on the island. The multiple points of view allowed the reader to gain more insight and depth into every character, I really enjoyed each character’s thoughts and opinions.

The Cousins is steeped in family drama and tension, I could not put this book down! If you’re in the mood for an entertaining mystery novel that packs plenty of surprising twists within just three hundred pages, I would highly recommend any of Karen M. McManus’ novels as well as her brilliant new novel The Cousins which is out next week.

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