|Books I read in 2018 but never wrote a review|
Truly Devious is a YA mystery novel that revolves around the murders committed in a boarding school in early twentieth century.
Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams.
They are not supposed to be famous for murders.
Ellingham Academy is not your normal boarding school. Its a place where “learning is a game“. Albert Ellingham, business tycoon and philanthropist opens a school where kids can learn on their own pace, in their own way with no restrictions to the modes of learning. And its completely free but only accepts 30 students per year, a mix of rich and poor.
Ellingham and his family lives right in the middle of the school grounds and when his wife and daughter are kidnapped, another student – Dottie Epstein – is also found dead. In the present, a fresh batch of students, including Stevie Bell, a true crime aficionado, are joining the school and Stevie’s one goal in life is to become a detective. Naturally, she is pulled towards the centuries old unresolved mystery and tries to get into the bottom of it. Literally!
The story is written in parallel timings – and we have two murder mysteries to resolve – one in present, and the other from 1936. The writing is incredibly good and kept me hooked. Like other boarding school mysteries or murder mysteries, we are presented with so many clues, suspects but never ever can one keep guessing whats gonna happen. Hell, I wasn’t able to. And the riddles signed Truly, Devious were creepy and definitely didn’t help in finding who Devious was. There was definite lag of pace in the beginning, but it picked up in the second half.
I loved reading the book even though it left us with a cliffhanger. The sequel is out on Jan 22 2019 and expectations are very very high!!
If you don’t like reading YA, I still recommend this book to you because you will be super impressed.
If you like YA, its much more better than Charlotte Holmes series.
Rating 5/5 stars
More about the book:
Author: Mauren Johnson
Published on: January 2018
Source : Audiobook from storytel.in
First in series|Part of series|Cliffhanger