Title: Truly, Devious | The Vanishing Stair
Author: Maureen Johnson
Pages: 416 | 384
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: 2018 | 2019
I am still relatively new to the YA mystery genre but I’ve been exploring the genre a bit more over the last year or so. One of the biggest things I’ve noticed over the last year (and please correct me if I’m wrong) is that there aren’t a whole lot of YA mystery books out there at the moment but there are definitely more coming out.
Truly, Devious is a YA mystery series that I had on my shelves for a little while but hadn’t picked up. If I’m totally honest, I didn’t really know very much about it but once I read the synopsis, I was very much wanting to read it. Before I’d even finished reading the first book, I’d got the second book, The Vanishing Stair, on order. Let me tell you, I enjoyed The Vanishing Stair more than Truly, Devious which I had quite liked.
With that, and the cover reveal of the third and last book in this trilogy, The Hand on the Wall, I wanted to do a little post featuring six reasons why you should pick up the books in this series.
1. As mentioned, The Hand on the Wall, which is the final book in the series had it’s cover revealed yesterday. It’s coming out in 2020 and so you should absolutely pick up the first two books in this series so you’re up to date and ready to complete this series once the third book has been released.
2. It’s a YA mystery set in a boarding school. Need I say more?
3. Ok, the blurb already mentions it so I don’t feel like it’s a spoiler but this series isn’t just a mystery series, it’s a murder mystery series. But just saying that doesn’t quite do it justice. It’s also a mystery based on a historic case that happened at the boarding school in the 1930s which is being investigated.
4. The characters are smart and interesting. Ok, yes, they do feel immature at times but then weren’t we all when we were their age? The characters are at a boarding school for some of the most intelligent kids and are given free reign over most things so that makes things quite interesting!
5. As with any mystery book, there’s twists and turns at every angle. I love trying to solve mysteries myself but with this one, we have an advantage as there are flashback scenes. I love the inclusion of the scenes from the original case as I feel like we have an advantage over our main character who is also trying to solve the case. However, despite the extra information we get, I don’t seem to be very good at trying to crack the mystery!
6. It’s fun! I know, a slightly funny thing to call a murder mystery fun but it’s true. It is quite a well thought out mystery story and it’s just even better that it’s a YA!
I’m really happy that I finally picked up this series earlier this year and whilst I understand mysteries aren’t for everyone, I hope that I’ve managed to convince you enough to give this series or at least the first book in the series, Truly, Devious, a try.