#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the 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.
Fans of the hit thriller that started it all can watch the secrets of the Bayview Four be revealed in the One of Us is Lying TV series now streaming on NBC's Peacock!
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Even the most toxic families seem cute compared to this disturbing clan. YA phenomenon Karen McManus introduces us to Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah, three cousins who each get a mysterious letter from Mildred Story—the fabulously wealthy grandmother they’ve never met—inviting them to her luxurious Massachusetts island for the summer. She disinherited their parents without warning or reason years before, so antennas are definitely up, but nothing could prepare the teens for the dark family secrets that their strange visit will reveal. McManus has a knack for dialogue and uses it to pull us into the story, making it feel like we’re watching real people in real time, even when she flips perspectives, switches time lines, and starts letting the shocking surprises really drop. Does this chilling family drama cascade into a full-on, high-stakes thriller? By the time the cousins know the answer, it could be too late.
McManus (One of Us Is Lying) once again crafts a taut, multilayered mystery, this time focusing on the fallout of family estrangement on the next generation. When Mildred "Milly" Story-Takahashi is summoned to a dinner with her mother, she expects bad news, not a mysterious invitation to work at her wealthy maternal grandmother's resort on Gull Cove Island. Milly and her cousins Jonah and Aubrey will be the first Storys to be welcomed back after a 24-year estrangement that their abruptly disinherited parents claim not to understand one that began with a lawyer's note stating "You know what you did." Forced to spend the summer on Gull Cove Island, the cousins are startled to find both that they were not, after all, expected and that at least one party wants them gone. As the three piece together what happened to their family, they begin to reveal their own secrets as well. Narrating her thriller through multiple perspectives that encompass both generations of Storys, McManus weaves past and present to take readers on a well-paced, twisty ride that will hold readers rapt till the last page. Ages 14 up.
Could not put this book down. Great read!
Could not put down
I stayed up way too late 2 nights in a row to finish. Lots of twists and turns. All the “A” names were a little confusing at times.