The Cousins by Karen M. McManus – Ultimate Blog Tour

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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.


My Thoughts

The Cousins is told from the perspectives of three cousins who haven’t seen each other for many year.  Out of the blue, they receive an invitation from their grandma who had cut of contact with her children as teens. As Jonah, Milly and Aubrey all arrive on the island and things don’t seem to be adding up.  Can they solve the family mystery from all that time ago and are they in more danger than they realise?

This book is quick paced and an easy read but still full of deceit and revenge at every turn.  As we learn more about each cousin, or island inhabitant, it becomes difficult to know who to trust.  I loved how no character was completely reliable or trustworthy and had great fun guessing (or trying to) the twists along the way.  It’s hard to know who is genuine and who isn’t.  I love a book where I’m suspicious of everyone and despite finding it frustrating as I constantly changed my mind – it was so entertaining and fun. 

There are several mysteries in play and they all weave together beautifully through a dual timeline narrative.  Each time we jumped to a different narrative, I was desperate to get back to the other one to find out what was happening next. 

This novel was a great summery read and lots of fun to play along with but enough mystery, twists and turns to keep me hooked from page one.  Interesting and varied characters and some exciting reveals made this an engaging read reminiscent of teen movies I used to love.        

Author Bio – Karen M. McManus

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.

For more information, visit or @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram.


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