Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1) by Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)

Author Maureen Johnson weaves a tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a new series. Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. "A place" he said, "where learning is a game."Shortly after the school opened, his wife and...

Details Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)

TitleTruly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller

Reviews Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)

  • Emma Giordano
    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murderI loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I could have had a female protagonist interested in true crime to relate to. I feel Stevie is extremely competent, self-aware, and has a really great head on her shoulders. I als...
  • Kassidy
    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha
  • April
    That cliffhanger though.
  • Erin
    3.5 StarsI don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as Sherlock and Poirot. She listens to True Crime podcast and is obsessed with the ID channel (again something we share in common) and hopes to become an FBI agent when she g...
  • Michael
    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Though I didn't love the conclusion here and felt we weren't exactly given enough clues to solve the present day mystery until the very end, I literally gasped out lou...
  • Laura
    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams.They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their own pace. It's a dream for anyone to attend. Although, shortly after it opened, Ellingham's wife and daughter were kidnapped and never found. A mysterious riddle listing w...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared!
  • Alaina Meserole
    I HATE CLIFFHANGERS PEOPLE!So when I went to the bookstore and saw this book I didn't even second guess when it landed in my hands and I handed over money like a robot buying books. It's like I woke up from my haze the next day and had no idea how many books I bought. I should probably stay away from book stores.. but we all know that would never happen. I might die!Okay so the beginning of Truly Devious,/I> was truly amazing. I was hooked instan...
  • Beverly
    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!??Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants to solve crimes. The school comes with its own kidnapping and murder and she knows all about it and wants to solve it. She is an oddball so of course I took to her righ...
  • Stacee
    4.5 starsI am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She’s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately didn’t trust anyone. Plot wise, it’s captivating. The story is told in two threads: the story of Albert Ellingham, his family, and those events + the current timeline. It ...
  • Amelia
    Full spoiler free view is now up. I talk about all the things I loved about it!!Link:
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    Ughhhh cliffhangers are the worstI really enjoyed reading this, I have more questions than answers right now, and I need the next book ASAP pls I really loved the setting and Ellingham Academy and the flash backs were a brilliant touch!
  • Rincey
    3.5 stars. Was a solid 4 star book for me until that ending. Those last few pages will make it or break it for peopleWatch my full review:
  • Lily ☁️
    This book was intriguing. That cliffhanger, though? Not so much a cliff as a gentle slope. (rtc)*me: I don’t read books with sequels that I’ll have to wait more than a year for, do I look like I enjoy torturing myself?me [actually holds book #1 in my hands]: … never mind.🔎 buddy read with 🤓
  • Peter Monn
    Omg!!!!! So good. But the ending. Literally screaming out loud. My full review will be on my booktube channel at
  • Stephanie Anze
    2.5 starsStephanie (aka Stevie) Bell just been admitted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy. Ellingham is a different sort of school where tuition is free, learning is a game and everyone learns at their own pace. Being a true crime junkie, Stevie is set on solving the kidnapping of Mrs. Ellingham and her daughter Alice, which happened shortly after Albert Ellingham opened the school in 1936. First though, she has to adapt to her new home and ho...
  • Dayla
    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewWHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I’m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I truly waiting for a semi-decent conclusion when all I got was a “to be continued”? I get that it’s the first in a series, but seriously, what the actual living f*%#...
  • Kristy
    Stephanie "Stevie" Bell is very excited when she is accepted to Ellingham Academy, an elite private school in Vermont for free-thinking junior and senior high school students. Ellingham was founded by wealthy Albert Ellingham as a place where students can learn in their own ways, and where puzzle and riddles take center stage. The school became especially infamous when Albert's wife, Iris, and young daughter, Alice, were kidnapped not long after ...
  • Zoe Wilson (yerabooknerdzoe)
    4.5/5I loved this book! It was a bit slow to start, it took about 100 pages for me to really get into it, which is why it's not a 5-star book for me. If the rest of the series continues like this book after those first 100 pages, it'll be a 5-star trilogy for sure. I have such high hopes for the other books now. I'm a big fan of how there are two mysteries to solve, not just the one. The fact that there's a connection between them despite there b...
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    I've never really liked any of Johnson's previous books so I was a little unsure about Truly Devious. However, I wanted to like it because the premise is all about MURDER! and boarding school which are two of my favorite things. I anticipated the quirkiness of the characters and it did worked. The characters are enjoyable. The pacing is just right, the narrative switches to present to casual flashback every now and then. I didn’t anticipate the...
  • Christian
    !MISSING!The answers to the endless amount of questions I have after finishing this book.They were last seen I have no idea where.Any help is greatly appreciated and of utmost importance.RTC (unless it goes missing too.)
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    A well-written mystery that clearly has more to offer, but chooses to unwisely save it for its subsequent sequels.
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    4.5 StarsGoing into Truly Devious, my expectations were pretty high, since it seemed like exactly my kind of book: boarding school thriller. I don’t have much experience with Maureen Johnson’s books, but after reading this one, I will definitely have to check them out. This book contains two connected mysteries and many peculiar characters. I enjoyed the use of flashbacks, which is not a common occurrence, and the shocking plot twists. The en...
  • Fuzaila
    What the actual f*** was this??? 😡😡😡😡 I wasted a whole night before an exam on this book which ended nowhere???? I'm pissed and I donot usually become pissed. 😤😤----------------------review to come if i survive my pissed-y state by passing my exam and gobbling a pound of chocolate cake
  • Emma
    I am too old for this book, so obviously I loved it! I have enjoyed many YA books, I have enjoyed many murder mysteries. But as far as I’m aware, YA murder mysteries are not a *thing*. Or they weren’t for me until I read this, anyway!This book was much better than it sounded. When I read the blurb I wasn’t convinced. I’d never read anything by Maureen Johnson and so I read the first in the Shades of London series, which had more reviews a...
  • Cori Reed
    4.5 Stars!I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this book, but it was awesome! I feel like the world lacks a lot of truly good YA mystery/thrillers. AND I AM SO EXCITED THIS IS A SERIES. For my adult mystery fan followers, this gave me The Secret History vibes FOR SURE. (But I liked this one even more!)
  • Katherine
    "Murder is easy. As long as no one thinks it’s murder."- Agatha Christie Synopsis: A tycoon’s wife and daughter are kidnapped and killed, and a bright young student is killed at the boarding school he attends. Whodunnit? You sure as hell won’t find out with not one, but two unsolved mysteries at a boarding school for talented youth that seems more like unschooling than anything else. Biblio-Babble * There were only two solely good things...