While I mostly read young adult romance, contemporaries that let me fall back into the thrills of being a teen, I cant' deny the draw of a well written mystery. And for the young adult crowd, no one hits the mark quite like Karen McManus. From her debut One of Us is Lying, to the follow ups Two can Keep a Secret and One of Us is Next, she has an uncanny ability to draw you in to a twisty world that makes you believe everyone is guilty at some point.
Her latest, The Cousins, is no different.
Check out the blurb (courtesy of GOODREADS:)
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.
Like all her stories that came before, I was unable to put this book down. Everyone was a suspect at some point, and while murder wasn't on the radar as with past stories, the unique twist of why Mildred Story disowned her children without a word leaves you desperate for answers as if you were also in line for the mega inheritance on the line. Surprises jump off the page early on, upping the stakes and proving that you never truly know those around you. But as expected with McManus' previous tales, the twist and climax is one you will never see coming.
This is definitely a book I would recommend for anyone wanting to play detective, or who just wants to read a really well written story of intrigue and family drama.