The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson {Stephanie’s Review}

Posted August 22nd, 2022 by in *Review / 2 comments

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson {Stephanie’s Review}The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
Also by this author: Truly Devious, The Madness Underneath
Series: Truly Devious #4
Also in this series: Truly Devious, The Vanishing Staircase
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 383
Format: eBook
Read in: August 2022
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive. - via GoodReads

5 Stars

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson centers around one of my favorite subjects: solving cold cases. It’s been awhile since I finished the original Truly Devious trilogy. I was thrilled when I found out there was more to Stevie Bell’s story.

Thankfully I didn’t really need to remember what happened in the last book. Stevie is on summer break from Ellingham when she receives an invitation to summer camp. It’s not an ordinary invitation. It’s an invitation to solve a quadruple homicide that took place in the 1970s at that camp.

I think one of the things I appreciated the most is that even at 17 the reader can already tell that Stevie is on track for what she was meant to do: solve all manner of cold cases. Stevie immediately sees the differences between the Ellingham Academy case and the case at Camp Wonder Falls: living survivors. Stevie knew she needed to approach this case differently and more delicately.

One of the things I really enjoy about mysteries is watching all of the pieces fall together. Even if I have a pretty solid idea of who may be involved, I often don’t know the why. There is something incredibly satisfying about hearing that final piece snap into place.

I highly suggest the Truly Devious series to everyone. The fifth book, Nine Liars, is set to be released in December 2022.



2 Responses to “The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson {Stephanie’s Review}”

    • Stephanie

      I have found this series to be one of my favorite young adult mystery series, and I’ve read a fair few. I hope you enjoy them if you decide to give them a go!

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