The Vanishing Staircase by Maureen Johnson
Also by this author: Truly Devious, The Madness Underneath
Series: Truly Devious #2
Also in this series: Truly Devious, The Box in the Woods
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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All Stevie Bell wanted was to find the key to the Ellingham mystery, but instead she found her classmate dead. And while she solved that murder, the crimes of the past are still waiting in the dark. Just as Stevie feels she’s on the cusp of putting it together, her parents pull her out of Ellingham academy.
For her own safety they say. She must move past this obsession with crime. Now that Stevie’s away from the school of topiaries and secret tunnels, and her strange and endearing friends, she begins to feel disconnected from the rest of the world. At least she won’t have to see David anymore. David, who she kissed. David, who lied to her about his identity—son of despised politician Edward King. Then King himself arrives at her house to offer a deal: He will bring Stevie back to Ellingham immediately. In return, she must play nice with David. King is in the midst of a campaign and can’t afford his son stirring up trouble. If Stevie’s at school, David will stay put.
The tantalizing riddles behind the Ellingham murders are still waiting to be unraveled, and Stevie knows she’s so close. But the path to the truth has more twists and turns than she can imagine—and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for. In New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson’s second novel of the Truly Devious series, nothing is free, and someone will pay for the truth with their life. - via GoodReads
I loved The Vanishing Staircase by Maureen Johnson so much! It had a typical Maureen Johnson cliffhanger which I don’t love but I’m beginning to question that stance.
Not much time has passed between the two books. Stevie ends up back at Ellingham Academy but she made a deal with the devil to get there. She is assigned to work with Dr. Fenton, a woman who wrote a book abut the Truly Devious kidnapping, as a part of her big project.
Stevie continues to work the Ellingham case on her own time and is so much smarter about it than I would have been. I would have been telling anyone who would listen about my theories and anything I had found to support my theories in my quest of not only being right but the first person to be right!
During her investigation Stevie ends up finding a few things. Some good and some not so good. It’s hard to get into without spoiling plot points so I won’t. The cliffhanger was enough to make me instantly long for the conclusion of this story. In a few months I’ll be able t finish it!
I really do love how Johnson is still telling us the tale from the past as well as the story from Stevie’s timeline. Like Stevie I have my own theories but in order to avoid some major spoilers, I’ll keep them to myself!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2019 GoodReads