Jee reviews ‘The Cousins’ by Karen M. McManus @The_WriteReads @PenguinPlatform @PenguinUKBooks #thecousins #UltimateBlogTour #eARC #TheWriteReads #NetGalley #bookreview #YA #thriller

Title/Author: The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children’s UK

Pages: 336

Publication date: Dec 03, 2020

In a nutshell:

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:

Thank you The WriteReads Tour and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my first book by Karen McManus, and thought it was generally a good read.

We have three 17-year-old cousins. Milly, the beautiful, confident, and full of sass cousin, whose parents were divorced; Aubrey the sensible, athletic and talented swimmer (I don’t understand why was Thomas in the picture, he had hardly any role to play except an effusive boyfriend) whose dad slept with her swim coach; and Jonah seemed somewhat distant at first, as what the other cousins would expect. He wasn’t even active in his social media account and didn’t have any of his pictures posted so they didn’t know what he looked like as a teenager.

They met up after receiving the letter from the mysterious Millicent Story, their estranged grandmother, requesting them to meet her, much to their surprise and their parents too, who were the children of Milicent Story. Her letter to them came unexpectedly as she had cut off all communications with all of them 24 years ago. The cousins were reluctant to meet her at first, but after much persuasion (and some ‘bribes’), they decided to give in to their parents’ request and meet their grandmother to find out what exactly happened and why their grandmother cut them off so suddenly.

Be prepared for betrayals, lies and deception and a story deep in mystery and secrets.

Out of the three, I enjoyed reading Aubrey’s part the most, as I saw how she developed as a character from being doubtful about herself to feeling more confident and courageous towards the end. Milly was an interesting character in the beginning and Jonah was mysterious enough that I wanted to know what else he was hiding. It was such a pity that Milly and Jonah weren’t part of the ‘big reveal’ towards the end. The story kind of took them out of the picture, just like that, even when they had played a part in trying to solve the mystery.

The story took awhile to kick off and felt like it wasn’t going anywhere, but as it gets towards the end, the story moved pretty quickly. There was a cliffhanger at the end, which I assumed is the author’s intention of setting up for a sequel.

I’m sure young readers would devour this especially with characters they could relate to. Overall, a quick read for young adult mystery lovers.

Have you read this book? What did you think? If you haven’t, do you intend to? Please share with me your thoughts!

18 Comments Add yours

  1. mrbooks15 says:

    I just read my first Karen McManus book as well–One of Us is Lying which was pretty fast paced from the start. Sounds like this is a good one too.

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      Give it a shot! You might enjoy it 🙂

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  2. Shalini says:

    This is in my TBR. Have yet to get it

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      Hope you’ll enjoy it when you do 🙂 THank you for stopping by, Shalini! How are you?

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      1. Shalini says:

        I am okay. Jee how are you and little Adam

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      2. Jee Wan says:

        We’re doing okay too 🙂 Thank you for asking! Here’s wishing you happy holidays, my dear! xoxo

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  3. nsfordwriter says:

    Hi Jee, I’m glad you found it generally a good read! I have been seeing it everywhere, probably because every book blogger except me seems to be a part of the tour 😉

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      I thought of giving this author a shot since she seems to appear everywhere on my feed LOL

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  4. Ellie Rayner says:

    Great review!

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      Thank you, Ellie! xoxo

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  5. Rae Longest says:

    I understand this is a YA mystery, but it is appealing to this OA (old adult). LOL And, yes I’d read a sequel.

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      I like that – OA! Hahahaa Good one, Rae!

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  6. Wow! I’ve heard of McManus and her books are in my TBR. Anyways, I will take anything which has betrayals and secrets and everything in between. Loved reading your thoughts on this one, Jee!

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      Thank you so much, Shaina! I appreciate it! xoxo

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  7. stargazer says:

    Great review! I think, I would enjoy Aubrey’s part the most as well. Generally, I prefer stories where the characters develop one way or another. I have seen many positive reviews of this one and I am glad you enjoyed it. 😊

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      Thank you, my friend! Generally an ok read 🙂 Maybe a little ‘too’ YA for me to give anymore than an OK 😀

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  8. Excellent review, Jee! I agree that Aubrey was the most likeable character. ☺

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      Thank you, Stephen!

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