The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Published December 1,2020

Hardcover, 336 pages


(Thanks to Netgalley & Delacorte Press, I received an eARC)


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.


I’ve read every book by this local to me author, and have highly enjoyed each and every one immensely. This book was another five star book for me, which surprised me in no way. One of my favorite things about this author is all of their plot lines are extremely unique. This one kept me guessing and questioning every character until the very last chapter.

The character development in this book was unmatched. The author made me feel connected to each character, whether it’s loving them or not being able to stand them. For a few of the character’s I was changing my feeling toward the until the ending. I was a huge fan of how the story was told in the three perspectives of the cousins, it’s what made me feel like I was actually in their heads and connected me to them the most. The random chapters of backstory were a great addition, that only added to the mystery.

The setting itself, Gull Cove Island was absolute perfection. It reminded me exactly of being an island on Cape Cod, I’m sure the author being local had a lot to do with the amazing descriptions. The way it was a bit remote and accessed by ferry made it a wonderful setting for a mysterious and thrilling ride. Catmint House was yet another perfect addition in my mind. I could picture this large mysterious manor looking over the whole island.

Overall, I was completely enthralled with this book. It is yet another five star read by this author for me. I was loving every bit of intrigue and mystery throughout the story. I really hope that a sequel comes out of this one!!

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