The Vanishing Stair

The Vanishing Stair

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"The Truly Devious case - an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936 - has consumed Stevie Bell for years. It's the very reason she came to the academy. But then her classmate Hayes Major was murdered, and though she identified his killer, her parents quickly pull her out of school. For her safety, they say. Stevie's willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, be with her friends, and solve the case. Even if it means making a deal with the despicable Senator Edward King. And when Stevie finally returns, she also returns to David: the guy she kissed, the guy she's conflicted about at all times, and the guy who lied about his identity - Edward King's son. But larger issues are at play. Was Hayes' death really solved? Where did his murderer hide away to? What's the meaning of the riddle Albert Ellingham left behind? And what, exactly, is at stake in the Truly Devious affair? The Ellingham case isn't just a piece of history - it's a live wire into the present. The path to the truth has more twists and turns than Stevie can imagine, and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for" -- Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062338082
Branch Call Number: YA JOH
Characteristics: 373 pages : illustration ; 22 cm


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Sep 10, 2019

I have to say that I enjoyed this book (book 2) in the series more than I enjoyed book 1 Truly Devious. In the first book we are introduced to Stevie Bell and her classmates, and I remember feeling super frustrated while reading that book because I only wanted to know about the 'Truly Devious' mystery. I remember not caring for Stevie Bells character because I felt at the time that her character had no 'reason' for being involved in the 'Truly Devious' case. I felt that her and her classmates were kind of random and just off topic. Now after reading book 2 and finally seeing that Stevie Bell is actually working towards finding out the mysteries of the Ellingham kidnappings, I kind of really like and appreciate her character! I actually preferred her character setting in this book over the flashback sequences this time, which was the complete opposite of my opinion for book 1. I think after reading book 2 I could probably go back and read book 1 and have a completely different opinion of the novel than I had originally, because book 2 is definitely better than book 1. There is more romance in book 2 than book 1, a better mystery in my opinion in Stevie Bells time and there were finally some answer about who 'Truly Devious' really was, and it was NOT what I was expecting at all! The last book "The Hand on the Wall" comes out in January 2020, and I can't wait for this story to finally be concluded and for all of my questions to finally be answered.

Jul 17, 2019

This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I loved jumping between the past and the present which definitely kept the story interesting. The sequel was just as good as the first, if not better, with intriguing mysteries that kept me immersed in the book the whole time. I definitely recommend reading this, and the author did a great job subtlely recapping the last book in order to update the reader! I hope there's a third book coming out.

ArapahoeTiegan Jun 17, 2019

The mystery has gotten even more intriguing! This book ended way too fast and now I am upset at having to wait for book three..

PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 12, 2019

This is the second book in the Truly Devious series and book one needs to be read first.

Another mystery home run from Maureen Johnson! There are two things about this book that I love outside of the usual suspects like plot and character development. The first is that this series is a real whodunit from the classic school of mystery. We've got the continuing saga of Stevie and her search for the perpetrator of crime nearly a century old, while a more recent death is like a scab she can't stop picking at. Secondly, the writing is funny! Quips like, "they had been reunited for all of ten minutes, and already the library was infested with squirrels and he was calling on her to break into a room," "There was the moose sign again. There would never be a moose" and "'How does this keep happening to you?' David said. 'Because I look,' Stevie replied. 'A lot of things happen when you go out and do them on purpose'" all had me cracking up. (You have to read the book to get the running moose joke).

And we need the humour because the bodies just keep coming, Stevie begins an internship with a stinky cat lady, and Stevie's relationship with David is a roller coaster of emotion. If you aren't into teen love angst, this may not be for you, but I found that Stevie's worries rang true and her anxiety was handled admirably. My only gripe is that making this story into a series feels like a money grab (yeah for libraries!). The font in the physical copy is large and double-spaced. I have a feeling Johnson had the whole book written and it was broken up in thirds based on what fit comfortably rather than a natural ending. Still, I would recommend this series to anyone who loves a good murder mystery. As Johnson reminds us in the dedication, SSDGM.

Feb 21, 2019

Truly Devious is one of my favorite YA mystery series--this second installment did not disappoint!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 23, 2019

I love this series so much. I sometimes lament the relative lack of really excellent mystery series in YA (compared to how many there are for both kids and adults), and these books feel like the best possible answer to that complaint. I read this in two sittings, just like the first one, and the pacing is just as brisk, the twists and turns just as unexpected, and the romantic subplot just as... frustrating? confusing? conflicted? as in book 1. Kudos also for such an excellent depiction of a character struggling with her mental health in a real and honest way. I cannot. wait. for the final book in this trilogy.

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