Ok, not mindblowing
*** Minor spoilers *** * Book #2 was a tad better than the first one, in my opinion. The original case surrounding Albert, Iris and Alice gets partially solved but there's still quite a few open questions and new leads to follow. So, that's good. But I'm still not too fond of pacing, character development and the author's w... *** Minor spoilers *** * Book #2 was a tad better than the first one, in my opinion. The original case surrounding Albert, Iris and Alice gets partially solved but there's still quite a few open questions and new leads to follow. So, that's good. But I'm still not too fond of pacing, character development and the author's way of writing how Stevie finds clues and solves things, as I feel like we're not really taken on the journey but rather have the answers dumped into our (including Stevie's) laps which is such a shame considering this is a murder mystery story. The beginning of the second book seems very trivial, even irrelevant. I feel like I should read something into it and spin my thoughts further but it's not written good enough for that. Also, I'm still not very invested in the characters and I just can't seem to care for Stevie's dilemma with David, etc. Two things stood out however: 1) With this book it's starting to feel like the things happening include Stevie somehow. Like, some things happen because of her being there. But also, the thoughts came to mind that the school maybe doesn't want anyone to find Alice because they want to get the money, as they're planning with it already (yes, I do sort of think that Alice is still alive). 2) The cliffhanger here is definitely more catching than in Truly Devious. So, I'll definitely be reading The Hands on the Wall (book #3).
The Vanishing Stair
New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller!
In New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson’s second novel in the Truly Devious series, there are more twists and turns than Stevie Bell can imagine. No answer is given freely, and someone will pay for the truth with their life.
The Truly Devious case—an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936—has consumed Stevie for years. It’s the very reason she came to the academy. But then her classmate was murdered, and her parents quickly pull her out of school. For her safety, they say. She must move past this obsession with crime.
Stevie’s willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, be back with her friends, and solve the Truly Devious case. Even if it means making a deal with the despicable Senator Edward King. And when Stevie finally returns, she also returns to David: the guy she kissed, and the guy who lied about his identity—Edward King’s son.
But larger issues are at play. Where did the murderer hide? What’s the meaning of the riddle Albert Ellingham left behind? And what, exactly, is at stake in the Truly Devious affair? The Ellingham case isn’t just a piece of history—it’s a live wire into the present.
* Junior Library Guild Selection * Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books of 2019 * Hypable's Best Books of 2019 *
Praise for Book One:
“The Agatha Christie-like ecosystem pairs with lacerating contemporary wit, and alternating past and present scenes makes for a multilayered, modern detective story.” —New York Times Book Review
“Remember the first time reading Harry Potter and knowing it was special? There’s that same sense of magic in the introduction of teen Sherlock-in-training Stevie Bell.” —USA Today (four stars)
“Be still, my Agatha-Christie-loving beating heart.” —Bustle