I love this series so much.
It’s so hard to write a review of this book, other than to say I loved it, when so much of this book depends upon if you have read the first two. It’s also hard to explain the plot of this without talking spoilers, but here we are.
Stevie Bell is back at Ellingham Academy and has cracked the mystery of the ages, yet she can’t tell anyone. She can’t say a word about it because there’s a killer still on the loose and it looks like they’re attempting to murder anyone getting too close to the Truly Devious case that has plagued Ellingham Academy for years. When Stevie’s advisory is killed in a fire in Burlington, everything shifts. New people come into her life, meanwhile David disappears where even Stevie can’t find him.
I thought this was a really fun finale to the series so far, and it included a lot of my favorite elements about a series, especially any teen series, which is a group of misfits working together on a singular goal. While I don’t want to spoil too much of the book, Stevie and her group of pals, including the awesome Nate and Janelle, have to come together and utilize their skills in order to not only help Stevie, but stay alive. There’s a threat at Ellingham that is growing more by the day, and seeing all the teens come together to work toward a common goal was really fun.
I continue to hate David despite the author promising us he’s worth it. Meh.
Other than that, I’m a huge Stevie Bell fan and I can’t wait to see where else this series goes.
Title: The Hand on the Stair
Author: Maureen Johnson
Three Descriptors: Atmospheric, Contemporary, Well-developed
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