Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE COUSINS by Karen M. McManus


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE COUSINS by Karen M. McManus.  Why am I excited?  Because it’s Karen McManus (!) and because I love juicy stories about dark family secrets and this book sounds like it’s full of them.  McManus has also posted on Goodreads that this is a standalone YA mystery and not part of the One of Us is Lying series, which probably accounts for why the book doesn’t have “three” in its title.


THE COUSINS by Karen M. McManus

Publication Date:  December 1, 2020


From Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.

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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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

28 replies
  1. O
    O says:

    I want to read this too! So bad! I actually got back on NetGalley after a long time away just to request this one! I’ll probably get rejected but worth the try!

  2. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Ooo… dark family secrets tumbling out of the closet! That’s always a great read – and that cover is compelling…

  3. Angela
    Angela says:

    Ooh, this sounds wild – I bet there are some juicy secrets surrounding the parents for them to be disinherited!

  4. verushka
    verushka says:

    Oh hello! I am loving the sounds of this! What secrets are the family hiding? And what plans does their grandmother have for them?!

  5. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    At this point, I will read anything McManus writes. I like that we are going to an isolated place for this book, and cannot wait to meet these new characters.

  6. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    Dark family secrets are a big draw for me too. This sounds like it will be great. I haven’t read this author before–yet. I hope you love this one when you read it!

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