Book Review: The Cousins – Karen M. McManus

A massive thank you to the author, publisher, Netgalley and The Write Reads for this review copy and the chance to be on this blog tour!

*Publication Date: 3rd December 2020*

The blurb from the back of the book:

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.


I was super excited to read this, and I wasn’t disappointed! I knew this was going to be a great mystery, and I was hooked from the very beginning.

When Milly, Aubrey and Jonah meet their grandmother for the first time in eighteen years, it is clear that something isn’t quite right. Despite her invitation, Mildred Story clearly didn’t know her grandchildren were joining her for the summer.

That’s our first mystery. Who sent the letters? And what happened all those years ago to cause Mildred to disown all her children?

This is the mission the cousins must solve, and they soon discover that some secrets should be kept as that.

I think my favourite character is Milly. She is so feisty and stubborn. She is relatable in so many ways.

Get ready for a whirlwind of twists and turns. I didn’t see a lot of it coming. Brilliant read!

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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