The Vanishing Stair

The Vanishing Stair

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When Stevie Bell is finally able to return to Ellingham Academy after identifying the culprit in the murder of a classmate, she begins to wonder if the case was really resolved and attempts to uncover the truth about the school's founder.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062338082
Branch Call Number: YAF JOHNSON, MAUREEN
Characteristics: 373 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.


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Jul 17, 2019

This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I loved jumping between the past and the present which definitely kept the story interesting. The sequel was just as good as the first, if not better, with intriguing mysteries that kept me immersed in the book the whole time. I definitely recommend reading this, and the author did a great job subtlely recapping the last book in order to update the reader! I hope there's a third book coming out.

ArapahoeTiegan Jun 17, 2019

The mystery has gotten even more intriguing! This book ended way too fast and now I am upset at having to wait for book three..

PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 12, 2019

This is the second book in the Truly Devious series and book one needs to be read first.

Another mystery home run from Maureen Johnson! There are two things about this book that I love outside of the usual suspects like plot and character development. The first is that this series is a real whodunit from the classic school of mystery. We've got the continuing saga of Stevie and her search for the perpetrator of crime nearly a century old, while a more recent death is like a scab she can't stop picking at. Secondly, the writing is funny! Quips like, "they had been reunited for all of ten minutes, and already the library was infested with squirrels and he was calling on her to break into a room," "There was the moose sign again. There would never be a moose" and "'How does this keep happening to you?' David said. 'Because I look,' Stevie replied. 'A lot of things happen when you go out and do them on purpose'" all had me cracking up. (You have to read the book to get the running moose joke).

And we need the humour because the bodies just keep coming, Stevie begins an internship with a stinky cat lady, and Stevie's relationship with David is a roller coaster of emotion. If you aren't into teen love angst, this may not be for you, but I found that Stevie's worries rang true and her anxiety was handled admirably. My only gripe is that making this story into a series feels like a money grab (yeah for libraries!). The font in the physical copy is large and double-spaced. I have a feeling Johnson had the whole book written and it was broken up in thirds based on what fit comfortably rather than a natural ending. Still, I would recommend this series to anyone who loves a good murder mystery. As Johnson reminds us in the dedication, SSDGM.

Feb 21, 2019

Truly Devious is one of my favorite YA mystery series--this second installment did not disappoint!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 23, 2019

I love this series so much. I sometimes lament the relative lack of really excellent mystery series in YA (compared to how many there are for both kids and adults), and these books feel like the best possible answer to that complaint. I read this in two sittings, just like the first one, and the pacing is just as brisk, the twists and turns just as unexpected, and the romantic subplot just as... frustrating? confusing? conflicted? as in book 1. Kudos also for such an excellent depiction of a character struggling with her mental health in a real and honest way. I cannot. wait. for the final book in this trilogy.


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