The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

December 28th, 2020 Kimberly Review 6 Comments

28th Dec
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
The Cousins
by Karen M. McManus
Narrator: Sarah Skaer, Kate Reinderes, David Garelik, Julia Whelan
Length: 9 hours and 28 minutes
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Publisher
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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 dar - 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.


The Cousins by Karen M. McManus narrated by Sarah Skaer, Kate Reinderes, David Garelik, and Julia Whelan shares an intriguing summer filled with mystery, secrets and family drama.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Karen M. McManus and was excited to listen to the audio with its stellar cast of narrators. Listeners will be treated to a young adult thriller as they spend the summer with cousins Milly, Aubrey and Jonah Story.

The Story children have been estranged from their wealthy and reclusive mother since before their children were even born, but when a letter arrives, they send the three cousins off with hopes of a reconciliation. No pressure. The cousins are going to spend their summer working at their grandmother’s island resort.

I loved getting to know Millie, Aubrey and Jonah. The cousins haven’t been in contact since they were younger, so watching them work together to figure out why their grandmother cut off her family and why she seemed so surprised to see. After all, she invited them. Or did she?

Throughout it all we witness character growth, a budding romance, family drama, and miscommunications. The author delivers plenty of twist and turns to keep the listener completely engaged.

This was a clever tale with a wonderful set of narrators who brought their characters to life. They worked well together, and the pacing and transition from one POV to another was smooth.

This is the perfect listen for a cold winter’s night. From the thrilling mystery to the cute and awkward ship.

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6 Responses to “The Cousins by Karen M. McManus”

  1. Sophie

    That’s one that I plan to read! Either part in audio and part on paperback I don’t know yet

  2. Greg

    I really enjoyed this one. I went into it thinking it might be less my thing than her previous books, and I ended up liking this one the most I think! I bet this was fun audio. 🙂