The Cousins

By Karen M. McManus

Published: 2020

AR level: 5.3

AR points: 13.0

Word count: 87,667

I suggest: 7th grade+

The murder mystery One of Us Is Lying proved to be a great read. That’s why I was excited to pick up The Cousins, especially because it takes place in New England, where I was lucky to spend a few years of my life.

The Cousins offers serious intrigue and many little twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. Sometimes authors struggle to handle multiple first-person perspectives, but McManus does a fine job here, giving us insight into each character and winning us over so we feel like part of the team. As the past and the present collide, this book will keep you guessing about the final outcome–will the cousins restore the relationship with their grandmother and gain back the family inheritance?

Here’s the publisher’s description:

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.

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