The Cousins by Karen McManus (Review)

Format: Audiobook

Source: BorrowBox

Publisher: Penguin

Genres: Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Young Adult, Fiction

Narrator: David Garlic, Sarah Skaer, Kate Reinders, Julia Whelan

Length: 9 hours & 29 minutes

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

Having heard great things about this book from fellow readers I had to pick it up to see what all the fuss was about and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Cousins follows there cousins Milly, Aubrey and Jonah, who have not really met each other properly until now. Out of the blue the cousins receive a letter from their grandmother who invites them to her resort for the summer, which they find strange as they have never met her before. All  three reluctantly agree to go, what could go wrong, it’ll be great, they’ll get to know each other better and find out more about their grandmother and also hopefully the truth about what had happened between her and their parent.

Although a little slow to start, I thought The Cousin was cleverly written with well created characters. The story is told by alternative perspectives from each of the main characters Milly, Aubrey and Jonah. 

Although at the beginning I found some of the characters annoying I did end up liking them more and more as the book progressed. What I liked the most about the characters is how different they were to each other, you could really distinguish the difference, they all had the individual flaws that made them interesting. By the end of the book Milly and Aubrey were definitely my favourite. 

I actually listened to the audiobook and I’m so glad I did. The multiple narrators did a fantastic job with the narration. I could really envision what was going on. Audiobooks with multiple narrators are always my favourite. 

To sum it up this was a very good read, different compared to the others and definitely my favorite book out of all the books by McManus I’ve read. I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes a good YA mystery.

My Rating


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