The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2)
All 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.

The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2) Details

TitleThe Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
Rating
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2) Review

  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    How am I supposed to....go on being a person after that ending? I can’t even begin to articulate the simmer of thoughts and feelings surging through me right now but please just imagine me striding down a big hallway in a fancy period gown yelling “fuck fuck fuck” because that pretty much sums it up.
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  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing sequel! Review to come.
  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: Happy Release Day!*****Look a riddle!Time for fun!Should we use Some juice or gum?Scissors are sharp And gleam so prettySyrup's slowWhich is a pityFire is festiveDrowning's slowDetergent is aSoapy way to goA broken spineA nasty ripA book collidingWith a dripAcid makes avery jolly lookSuch ways toPunish naughty booksWhat shall we useWe can't decideJust like you cannotRun or hideGive me an ARC of this bookOr we shall destroy book oneHa ha,Truly,In need of this book
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  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Maureen Johnson and whoever publishes this trilogy,Please send me the arc for this immediately as I am having a spaz attack after the cliffhanger of book number one, okay?Sincerely,Someone who wants to know who’s in the photo
  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    Look, a Riddle, time for fun!what is always on a staircase but never on a stair??I finally have an answer but I am going to be mean and tell you to wait until the full review mwahahaP.S: Someone got it right in the comments!!!!
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    THE TITLE THO ! FUCK ME UP MAUREEN
  • Christian
    January 1, 1970
    YOOOO THIS TITLE. (if you know, you know.)
  • Nastassja
    January 1, 1970
    **This review now posted on my blog** Dear readers, may I present you a desperate attempt of a bad poet with a shitty rhyme at expressing her WTF feelings aimed at The Vanishing Stair aka The Torture Device aka one more year of desolation aka nine circles of hell aka-- You get the picture! Riddle riddle on the wall, who's the wickedest of them all?You are wicked, there's no doubt.But the slyest of them all is Maureen Johnson!Riddle riddle on the wall, how do I survive the fall?Under stair and s **This review now posted on my blog** Dear readers, may I present you a desperate attempt of a bad poet with a shitty rhyme at expressing her WTF feelings aimed at The Vanishing Stair aka The Torture Device aka one more year of desolation aka nine circles of hell aka-- You get the picture! Riddle riddle on the wall, who's the wickedest of them all?You are wicked, there's no doubt.But the slyest of them all is Maureen Johnson!Riddle riddle on the wall, how do I survive the fall?Under stair and straight to hellDo I beg or scream or kill?You will fall, there's no doubt.Brace yourself and get a knife.Riddle riddle on the wall, what the fuck is going on?The truth is close, there's no doubt.But you're too dumb to get the hint!Riddle riddle on the wall, do you tell the truth at all?!Truth or dare, which one'd be fair?Heart attack or puzzle slain?Curiosity's a hit! Cat will eat it in one seat!If you want to know the truth, wait another year to choose!Haha.Dear readers, if you fell victims of this riddle book as I did, please contact me down below in the comments to discuss a revenge plan on it.Yours,truly dead
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  • Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This took a while to really pick up, but it was entertaining. I really like the characters and that helped with the slower parts. We also got a big part of the mysteries revealed, and obviously the book ended on a cliffhanger like the other one (which is a shame because this time I actually have to wait a full year for the next one D:)RTC
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  • Lily ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    If the title is any indication, The Vanishing Stair is going to be g e n i u s.Blog ¦ Bloglovin’ ¦ Tumblr ¦ Instagram
  • rachel
    January 1, 1970
    #1) Truly Devious ★★★★★ Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
  • Kate Welsh
    January 1, 1970
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. THIS IS AS GOOD AS YOU ARE HOPING. Stevie is still great, Ellingham Academy is still the best school ever, murder is still happening, but NOW IT IS PROPERLY FALL so I want to live in this book EVEN MORE than the first one. (Oh, but the mystery, you ask - sure! The mystery GETS EVEN BETTER. I can say no more.)
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't realize I missed the dry yet sarcastic humor of this series until I started this book. The snark was well done and the mystery is one I need more of now.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    BELLISSIMO! Devo raggruppare le idee e poi ci sarà la recensione :)
  • ellie ♡
    January 1, 1970
    *grabby hands* gimme gimme gimme
  • Lizzie
    January 1, 1970
    I KNOW THIS BOOK JUST CAME OUT THIS MORNING BUT I NEED THE THIRD ONE NOWWWW
  • Mary-ellen
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.The second book in this historical/contemporary, mystery/thriller reinforced my opinion that this is really one big book that has been split into three, rather than three separate books in a series. They don’t work that well independently.What was great about this instalment is that we learn a lot more about how the historical crime played out and who was involved, but with one key detail left undisclosed. I had it worked out before the reveal, but the revelation around who made the no 3.5 stars.The second book in this historical/contemporary, mystery/thriller reinforced my opinion that this is really one big book that has been split into three, rather than three separate books in a series. They don’t work that well independently.What was great about this instalment is that we learn a lot more about how the historical crime played out and who was involved, but with one key detail left undisclosed. I had it worked out before the reveal, but the revelation around who made the note felt a little convenient and kind of disappointing. The stakes are set high for the timely solving of the historical crime, and the book ends with an ominous sense of immediate danger. But it fizzles a little.I once again found the chopping between time periods a little frustrating. And it felt like not a whole lot happened in this book, but some progress was made.I found myself completely losing interest in the not very romantic subplot.I will read on to see how things play out. I have some pretty clear ideas about how it’s going to go down, so I’m really hoping the author throws in a few plausible surprises.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Maureen Johnson, you did it again! The wait for book 3 might literally kill me. The events of The Vanishing Stair flew by and I finished the book in 2 days (I had to ration it and that hardly worked). The mystery and intrigue were ramped up 150%, and though we got a few answers, more questions (of course) found their way out of the woodwork. MAUREEN. WE NEED BOOK 3!
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  •  Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    "You want to solve crimes, Stevie? You can't act like you're smarter than everyone around you and do it on your own. That's how people get hurt."Ahhh another great mystery plot-twisty read *u* I'm so glad I reread Truly Devious before this one because there are PLENTY of characters here and it's easy to get confused. Especially when it comes to characters that are in the "past". This book offers even more character development for Stevie. She was pretty good in the first book, but now I like her "You want to solve crimes, Stevie? You can't act like you're smarter than everyone around you and do it on your own. That's how people get hurt."Ahhh another great mystery plot-twisty read *u* I'm so glad I reread Truly Devious before this one because there are PLENTY of characters here and it's easy to get confused. Especially when it comes to characters that are in the "past". This book offers even more character development for Stevie. She was pretty good in the first book, but now I like her even more - she doesn't do anything on her own, she calls either her friends or responsible adult people. She does her school work, she hangs out with friends but she also investigates. She doesn't go around chasing a boy, instead she tries to make time for everything - including a bit of romance. But seriously, the romance part is wayyy on the sidelines, just as it should be with mystery novels. She is also on full-Holmes/Poirot mode, and I LOVED IT There were plenty of clues, evidence, investigations, mysterious items, interrogations etc. It was a full on crime book. It was fun getting to connect certain points, trying to figure out who is the killer, why did this happen, how did that get here and so on. I especially liked the chapters from the "past" and how the things that happened then, had an influence on the present. How something that seems so insignificant can make a huge difference. Anyways, I kept trying to figure out who did it before it is revealed but I failed XD It was still fun investigating with Stevie because she is brilliant and I like the way she thinks, like a proper detective. Another reason why I love her:"Why mysteries?-he asked."With mysteries," she said, "with crime, you get all this information - everything matters. The location. The time. The weather. The building. The ground. Every single thing that floats by. (...) You take everything in the world and you figure out what matters. That's what it is. And then you make things right.""Also I want to wear the exam gloves."Same Stevie, Same. When it comes to the riddle - I kind of guessed the answer? I guessed half of it XD I didn't know what it means at first, but everything was explained. I hoped for something more dramatic, I guess, but it was okay. Now we come to the ending...I NEED ANSWERS. That last chapter was a wild ride from start to finish and now idk how I'm gonna wait for the sequel because that cliff-hanger is a MAD ONE ;_; I actually read this book yesterday but I spent the whole day/night coming up with crazy theories XD I wrote some of my burning questions/ideas/theories in the next section in the spoiler tag XD(view spoiler)[.CRAZY THEORIES 1011. So did Stevie imagine/dream that letter/poem in her room or what??? And what was the point of it? It didn't give any clues and we never find out who left it???2. In the last chapter, when Stevie calls Fenton, she replies with "Not now..The kid is there!" and WHAT IF IT'S ALICE?? Or her kid because she would be an old lady by now and she probably wouldn't burn Fenton's house down XD I mean, why would Fenton say "THE kid", she obviously though about a specific kid they would both know about. So it was either Alice/her relative, or Fenton's nephew. But what if these two are the same person?3. Hunter is somehow related to Alice and Fenton found out about it so he burned the house down. Although...there was another body there that could be his, so maybe he didn't do it, idk but he's suspicious. I think maybe Fenton lied about him being her nephew....Honestly, this one is far fetched but that guy is so suspicious, there HAS to be something wrong about him. Either he found something out or did something bad. 4. David and Ellie are somehow related to Edward and Frankie. Or at least one of them is... e_e Think about it. Frankie was all about explosives and setting fires, and what did Pix warn Ellie about? SETTING FIRES. Edward was a full on weirdo with a poetic side, David is not really poetic, but is weird XD BUT remember that song Edward wrote? "Frankie and Edward bowed to no king" And what is David's father name? EDWARD KING. Obviously, Edward would be too old to be David's father, but maybe he was his grandfather??? 5. And what's that thing about Alice?? Marsh said "I know about Alice too. Is she the biggest secret of all?" and FOR THE LIFE OF ME I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT IS. Is it possible she was adopted? Or maybe one of her parents wasn't her parent? Maybe she was sick? MAYBE SHE DIDN'T EXIST AT ALL. Okay, that one was a bit too far XD (hide spoiler)]Tell me what you think about these ;) What are your theories?
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Dusty, rotten 'attics', enlightening wires, the last dress-ups, hidden tunnels and secret affairs. Gripping and intense untill the very end; with some sparks of extraordinary humour, hidden bodies, stinging betrayals, and a chilling feeling of uncertain future.Aaah, perfection!!! A truly marvellous read!!!!Nate/Stevie interactions are my spirit animal!!! He is TOO precious for this planet!!! “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however i Dusty, rotten 'attics', enlightening wires, the last dress-ups, hidden tunnels and secret affairs. Gripping and intense untill the very end; with some sparks of extraordinary humour, hidden bodies, stinging betrayals, and a chilling feeling of uncertain future.Aaah, perfection!!! A truly marvellous read!!!!Nate/Stevie interactions are my spirit animal!!! He is TOO precious for this planet!!! “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of FourSherlock's methods of observation and deduction (being performed while high on opium), Agatha Christie's mastery of mystery (the woman truly was THE QUEEN OF CRIME!!), the pedagogy of Maria Montessori, and John F. Kennedy's assassination. What do all of those have in common? “Use your little grey cells mon ami" -Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at StylesWell, they appear to be of mutual interest to both of us, Stevie and I - who would have thought?!P.S.: Why haven't I ever thought of going as Hercule Poirot for Halloween (or Pust)!!??!?? Hmm, spending a night trying out my Belgium accent (horrible at the very best) and being over the top sarcastic, while curling my very own Ivan Cankar/ Filip Flisar mustaches, sounds like a type of fun I'd be willing to have!!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    So more-ish but with no more for aaaages. This was so good! Although I know it's a trilogy and therefore the core mysteries were not going to get solved, it looked towards the end like we might get the answers. But no. Maureen Johnson is such a tease. Also I have many questions that I did not have at the beginning of the book . I did guess the one culprit revealed in the book though, so there's that.
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  • Sarah Knope
    January 1, 1970
    I. NEED. ANSWERS.
  • Emma☀️
    January 1, 1970
    *Nervous laughter* Haha… what? rtc
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    OMG!! I can’t believe I have to wait another year for the next book! This is such a great mystery!!!
  • TheYALibrarian
    January 1, 1970
    To say waiting for this book will be absolutely agonizing is an understatement...
  • Maria Isabel Samonte
    January 1, 1970
    This book answered some of the questions I had in the first book but I need more answers! The mysteries of the school has become more complex!
  • Danielle Zimmerman
    January 1, 1970
    The second books of trilogies are often times my absolute favorites, but only when they’re done well. And The Vanishing Stair is done WELL.This novel picks up almost immediately after Truly Devious left off, give or take a few weeks. Still reeling from the events on the Ellingham campus and forced into a sort of exile, Stevie is still working on the unsolved 1930s murder case when one of the most powerful and dangerous people in the country whisks her away from home and back to school, all in ex The second books of trilogies are often times my absolute favorites, but only when they’re done well. And The Vanishing Stair is done WELL.This novel picks up almost immediately after Truly Devious left off, give or take a few weeks. Still reeling from the events on the Ellingham campus and forced into a sort of exile, Stevie is still working on the unsolved 1930s murder case when one of the most powerful and dangerous people in the country whisks her away from home and back to school, all in exchange for keeping an eye on his son. Soon, Stevie is thrown back into campus life for better or worse. Her fellow classmate Ellie still hasn’t been found. Her other fellow classmate Hayes’ murder has yet to be solved. And now there seems to be growing pressure to solve the classic murder/kidnapping case from an unseen and intangible force.The Vanishing Stair is all killer, no filler. Or, well, partial killer and no filler. This book moves along at such a natural but brisk clip that I didn’t realize I had read an entire novel’s worth of story until I flipped to the acknowledgements page. I was just so engaged with everything going on and trying to untangle all of the strings along with Stevie that I lost track of time, as it were.One of the things I was nervous about going into this installment was the fact that it has been almost a full year since I had finished Truly Devious and I hadn’t gone back to it before picking up The Vanishing Stair. Sure, not every reader is a devoted one that’ll reread everything that came before, but I was still worried I’d be missing/have forgotten a few details (which, in a mystery novel, is one of the worst things a reader can do). But Maureen Johnson skillfully starts this saga with the smallest details and throwbacks to the first novel. While they’re substantial and enough to jog the memory, they’re not so large and obvious and time consuming that it feels like an arduous rehash of what came before.Speaking of skill, Johnson’s storytelling has never been more masterful. She expertly juggles two timelines, multiple perspectives, multiple deaths, AND all of the secrets that go with these elements. There’s never a moment where, as a reader, you’re unsure of what you’re reading, where you are, or why what you’re reading may be important.Not only that, but every aspect of this novel is engaging. It’s impossible to go through this novel and not have your Spidey senses tingle alongside Stevie’s, sometimes even moments before hers do. And the best part about all of this is that the reader has everything they need to solve the mystery if they really want to be proactive. Other mysteries generally leave out pertinent information, making it impossible for the reader to try to outsmart the detective and solve the mystery. Here, all of the clues are there and it’s Stevie’s journey that serves as the red murder board yarn that connects them all and paints the picture of what happened.I could go on and on about the new characters introduced in this novel, the wonderful relationship between Stevie and security honcho Larry, and the ever-intriguing Ellingham campus, but I won’t. Perhaps I’ll save that for my review on Hypable. ;)
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Waiting for my preorder to ship like...Oh, the release date? You're waiting until the release date.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    So.Many.Questions!!!
  • (old.enough.for.fairytales)
    January 1, 1970
    Gahhh cliffhanger! Liked this one more than book one. Once again, the audiobook version was fantastic! Not looking forward to having to wait a year for book 3 😭
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