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The Cousins

Everything: 3,3/5

World: 3/5

Characters: 3,4/5

Plot: 3/5

Writing: 4/5

Review in a sentence: I have already read several books by Karen McManus, which I really loved, but this just seemed to be a boring we were liars book.


Author: Karen McManus

Goodreads Review: 3.81(April 2021)

Pages: 325

Genre: Mystery

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.

My thoughts:

I had really high hopes for this book, cause I knew all the other books from this author and really liked them, but this disappoints me. Plot wise it was so boring for over the first half, I thought I would see these characters search the whole island and try to discover the secret, but they just work there and don't even see their grandmother. Even when Milly reveals a secret and it would be interesting to talk about it is finished in one page. Till the end it gets more exciting and we get some action (this action is the reason for 3 instead of 2 stars), still not enough to excuse 200 pages of almost nothing. For Aubry and Jonah I didn't really care, they had nothing special and I don't know how to explain their character traits, cause they just didn't really showed it. Milly on the other hand I liked she was really clever and discovered every secret and was the only reason something got forward. the romance also was completely meaningless, you wouldn't care if it was there or not, which really hurt me cause Karen McManus proved in one of us lying, that she can give us amazing chemistry between completely different characters. At least the writing was almost as good as in her other books.

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