What a fucking sequel!!!
Truly Devious is my favorite book of the year so far, perhaps only overtaken by The Vanishing Stair, the second book in the Stevie Bell Series.
When we left Stevie at the end of book one, she had potentially solved the murder of Hayes, her housemate, and Ellie had run off into the darkness. At the start of this second book, we find Stevie back at home with her family, living her old life in her boring old school setting. That quickly changes, however, when political figure Edward King, David’s father and her parent’s hero, arrives out of nowhere with a proposal for Stevie. If she keeps an eye on David and keeps him in line, he will bring Stevie back to Ellingham for the rest of the school year so she can feel at home again.
Stevie can’t deny she wants back at Ellingham to not only solve the mysteries surrounding her school but also to see David again to figure out where they stand. While I cannot stand David as a character, she’s enamored with him, and the push and pull between David and his father put Stevie in an unwinnable situation.
I thought this was an excellent sequel to a book I loved. The only issue is, yet again, this ends on a cliffhanger which means you HAVE to pick up the next book in the series. Not a huge issue for me, but it does kinda suck when trying to recommend this to others because they have to read the entire trilogy, not just one book in order to get any enjoyment out of it.
Overall I was a big fan of this book and am a huge fan of this series. I just found out there’s a fourth book being released which I wasn’t expecting, so that should be fun!
Title: The Vanishing Stair
Author: Maureen Johnson
Three Descriptors: Atmospheric, Contemporary, Well-developed
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