The Cousins by Karen M. McManus – Review | Blog Tour

An addictive young-adult mystery


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.

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.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each other. Their grandmother, Mildred Story, rich but reclusive, disinherited their parents decades ago and cut off all ties with them. However, they receive a letter asking them to work in their grandmother’s resort over the summer. Not going is not an option. Plus, they are curious. What happened all those years ago that Mildred cut off all ties with her children?

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus is an addictive young-adult mystery.

It is thrilling, fast-paced, and kept me glued till the last page. The plot is thick with suspense. After 60%, I struggled to put it down.

Fortunately, McManus does not sacrifice character development as happens in many thrillers. There are a lot of characters of interest here, and she fleshes out each one of them incredibly well. The story is told from the perspectives of several characters; however, the transition was smooth. I had no difficulty in figuring out whose voice it was even without seeing the chapter heading.

If you have read enough number of thrillers, you can guess how the climax would pan out once the author delivers the final piece of the puzzle. However, McManus took me by surprise. She delivers another clever twist at the climax.

I have not read any of McManus’s previous works, but after reading The Cousins, I am checking them out. I could praise the book even more, but I will stop here. Now, go to any one of the links below, buy the book, and start reading it. You can thank me later.

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus book cover
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus


Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller || Pages: 336 || Published on December 1st 2020 by Delacorte Press

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Many thanks to Dave @ The Write Reads for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.


Karen M. McManus
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.

You can find Karen at @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram.

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Author: debjani6ghosh

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19 thoughts on “The Cousins by Karen M. McManus – Review | Blog Tour”

  1. When I originally saw this book, it said it was YA, so I didn’t add it to my TBR. I have read a couple of reviews that have changed my mind, including yours. Great review, Debjani, that has certainly changed my mind and intrigued me.

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  2. Great review, Debjani! I love twisty thrillers, especially with that final gasp ‘oh I didn’t see it coming’🤗 sounds like the characters are well-developed. I’ve only read One of Us is Lying and it also had a limited set of fascinating characters.

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