Young Adult : Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense
Dec 01, 2020
5.75 x 8.88 x 1.13 in | 0.98 lb
Random House Children's Books
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award 2021, Nominated
- Author Bio
#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.
Story Locale: Contemporary; a fictional tiny, exclusive island off of Cape Cod
Karen M. McManus is the industry leader in the YA mystery/thriller category and her first two novels have remained on the NYT bestseller list for over a year.
This new mystery is entirely fresh for Karen. It has all the elements that readers love about her work: it’s fast paced, smart, and has multiple plot twists, as well as it’s told in multiple POVs. Yet Karen explores an entirely new landcape by taking the mystery out of the classroom and into the family home.
This is Karen’s best work yet and is even more compelling than OOUIL.
The One of Us Is Lying television series was just purchased by NBCUniversal. Details to come.
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Author Website: karenmcmanus.com
Author Social Media: @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram
“Every twist is gasp-inducing…. Another McManus novel worth pulling an all-nighter for.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The twists come fast and furious.” —SLJ
“McManus (One of Us Is Lying) once again crafts a taut, multilayered mystery…. [She] weaves past and present to take readers on a well-paced, twisty ride that will hold readers rapt till the last page.” —Publishers Weekly
”Masterfully plotted and packed with her trademark twists, fans will be utterly hooked." —The Bookseller
“A slow-burn, uneasy beginning ultimately makes way for a frantically paced end peppered with twists that genre fans will happily take in stride…. Fans of McManus’ previous offerings and of mysteries steeped in family dramatics will be eager for this. “ —Booklist