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The Cousins – Karen M. McManus

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Thank you so much to the publisher and The Write Reads for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and allowing me to be a part of the blog tour!

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

Karen M. McManus always knows how to get someone out of a reading slump! The stories that she write are gripping and incredibly thrilling and her latest novel, The Cousins, is no different. It immediately pulled me in and even though the tone in this is slightly different to the author’s previous books it is still a whirlwind of a ride!

Throughout this book we get to see three different perspectives of the Story family. It is so easy to distinguish between the voices of Aubrey, Milly and Jonah. We get to know the cousins as they get to know one another and watch them develop as people! I loved all of the characters in this book, especially the three cousins. Milly is such a well-round character. She is a New York socialite with so much sass. Aubrey starts off as the quietest and most shy of the cousins but as the book goes on, Aubrey grows a lot! She becomes such a crucial character and the strongest character in the book. I’m a big fan of Jonah and I’ll leave it at that!

It is very clear to see early on into the book that there are a lot of secrets both big and small within the Story family. I really enjoyed trying to work out what they are! The Story family are such a complicated family and I really enjoyed reading the flashback chapters as they were a new insight to the family. We get to see how the story unfolds from the perspective of Milly’s mother, see why the family don’t talk no more and why they have been disinherited!

I loved the mystery in this book. I’m always a fan of family mysteries and this was no different. It felt like Knives Out with even more added drama and I loved that! It has the perfect amount of family drama, intrigue, suspense and mystery! I cannot say much as it would be spoilers galor but be prepared for a lot of twists and turns and never trust what you think!

Karen M. McManus has once again written a marvellous and captivating story that I throughly enjoyed and would highly recommend! Give this one a read!

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