Book Review – The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

the vanishing stair.jpgAll 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.


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Oh my gosh. That ending!

I love that we do get some answers this time, but not all of them. And there’s definitely more going on in the present day mystery than we know. I can’t wait for book 3!!!!!!

Again, I really liked that it was do-able how Stevie was able to solve something no one else had. I did figure it out just before her, but only because I can read the flashback scenes, I still am not quite sure how her brain managed to connect all the dots lol!

I still dislike David, but I feel there’s more to come there. I loved her relationship with Nick (their phone call early on gives me life lol), Vi and Janelle. Especially the scene with all of them at the end where Stevie finally has all the clues. And the friendship with Larry is great too 🙂

Still a fantastic mystery, and I desperately want more books like this in the YA world.


Buy The Vanishing Stair from Amazon UK.

Read my review of Truly Devious.

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