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The Cousins by Karen M McManus


Shouldn’t family always come first? Milly, Aubrey and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each other and they have never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. Why? None of them know. Not surprisingly, the cousins are curious when they each receive an official invitation to work at her elegant island resort for summer.

Their parents are clear on one point – not going, is not an option. This could be the opportunity to strengthen their family ties and get back into Grandmother’s good graces.

However, when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s suddenly clear she has different plans for them. The longer they stay, the more they realise how mysterious their family’s past truly is.

Collectively, the cousins have lived very different lives compared to their parents, before they were disinherited. Millie is confident and has always been fascinated by her family. Jonah is bitter and desperately doesn’t want to be at the resort. He has a personal agenda and he doesn’t plan on getting side-tracked. Meanwhile, Aubrey is a peacemaker who just wants everybody to get along. She has a different perspective, bringing her own family drama to the island.

Decades ago, whatever pulled the family apart isn’t over and the cousins are about to uncover the truth. I enjoyed this multi-layered mystery with Karen’s trademark plot twists.

Reviewer: Andrea Molloy Penguin, RRP $21.00