The Vanishing Stairs by Maureen Johnson |Audiobook Review

The Vanishing stairs is the 2nd book in the Truly Devious trilogy. You can read the review of the first book here.

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At the end of Truly Devious, there was a huge cliffhanger and nearly half the mystery was left unsolved. So its only right when I say I was biting my nails in anticipation for the next book in series. Thankfully I read the book in Dec 2018 only so I had to wait only for a month. **But waiting for the third book now is a whole other thing ***

The title of book#2 gave me major Nancy Drew feels. Did ya feel the same?

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Spoilers from Book#1 ahead!!!

So if you remember, Stevie Bell was trying to resolve the original Ellingham murder mystery in book# 1, which also included the murder of her classmate. Book#2 is about the first two unresolved mysteries and the missing case of Element Walker who Stevie suspects for the present day murder.

The second book starts with Stevie being taken out of school, but still thinking about her unresolved cases. She makes a deal with the devil, Edward King himself and re-enters Ellingham academy to keep an eye out for David, who’s been acting out ever since she left. There’s a lot of ‘unresolved’ feelings here but both of them shy away from the topic as much as possible.

While there was less time spent on the other characters in Book#1, here Nate and other friends of Stevie have more to contribute to the plot. I loved Nate for his dry sarcasm. Every other new character introduced felt shady to me 😀

The plot is pretty much at the same pace as the first book, with twists you didn’t see coming and parallel stories from the past, mostly the investigations and Albert Ellingham’s life after the murder of his wife.

Yet again the book ends in a major cliffhanger which only irritated me slightly because I felt most part of the mystery is over and a few more chapters would have ended the book as a Duology. But then again Maureen Johnson wants us all to wait. One more year.

My rating 4/5 stars

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Truly Devious – Book Review

|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“. img_7347Albert 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

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More about the book:

Author: Mauren Johnson

Publishers :HarperCollins

Published on: January 2018

Source : Audiobook from storytel.in

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