Book Review: Truly Devious

Author: Maureen Johnson

Pages: 416

Truly Devious #1

Synopsis: Ellingham Academy is a famous school in Vermont who provides a free education to to gifted students. Founded in the early 1900s, this school has been providing this service ever since. Except for a few years after it’s original opening when a mystery and murder, still not solved occurred on the premises.

When Stevie Bell gets into the school in present time, her one goal, as a future detective is to figure out what happened all those years ago. But while wanting to discover the truth, the murders start up again. It’s up to Stevie to not only solve the past murder but the new one.

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Review: I received this book in one of my Shelflovereads box. To be honest, I had never heard of this book before and probably wouldn’t have picked it up if it wasn’t for Shelflovereads. Anyway, this was such a fun read. It has everything you could think of in a contemporary story. The main character, Stevie is at a new school, living away from home for the first time, trying to make new friends and find out who Stevie is going to be in the world. Her new friends open her eyes to a different kind of life she can have for herself by showing her ways to have fun and maybe a little romance. I’m excited to see the characters developed continue to grow for all of the main characters, it’s always fun to see change in the people you’re reading about.

But what really hooks you is the back and forth between the present and the past — every once in awhile, a chapter will flashback with the murder mystery that occurred and the evidence that was found. You’re learning what Stevie has been studying all these years, determined to finally put to rest what happened at the school. But while you’re so focused on this, like Stevie, you miss some signs that leads to another murder mystery in the present. One that Stevie will have to grow to understand firsthand. I have to admit, I had a bunch of theories on this while reading and was pleasantly surprised when all of my theories were wrong.

If you’re looking for a fun read with some mystery and with a cliffhanger, this is for you. I can’t wait to see what the next installment has for us!

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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