My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.
I hope you are all doing well and Merry Christmas to everyone of you reading this. It is, after a very long wait, finally my turn to review The Cousins by Karen McManus. I would like to thank now, Dave from The WriteReads, the publishers and the wonderful author for granting me a copy of this book that I have so thoroughly enjoyed.
The Cousins by Karen McManus
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: 1st December 2020
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 336 pages
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.
I have to say that I wouldn’t normally read a lot of thrillers or mysteries that aren’t normally my things. As much as I love to watch Sherlock Holmes, Morse and so many other mystery programs, I always found that the genre never translated for me into literary form. But I must say that this one I really enjoyed.
I took me a long time to read, mostly because of what I had going on in my personal life recently, which I shall go into another time, but partly because there were a lot of in between moments, moments that were in between the big discoveries and a lot to get through. The in between moments turned out to be pretty important, but they were nothing like the big discoveries to keep me going.
In terms of characters, I think I loved all of the main cast. I’d be really hard to pick a favourite, particularly between Aubrey, Millie and Jonah. These cousins, this little team work so perfectly well together.
The slow progression of thro story was just what I needed at the moment, but normally I think it may be a little on the slow side for me. Despite that I highly recommend this book. It is covered in deep dark mystery that I enjoyed peeling back layer by layer.
This book was the first Karen Mc Manus book I have ever read, and if all her books are like this, then I will be picking them up soon.