The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2) by Maureen Johnson

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 ...

Details The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2)

TitleThe Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2)
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Contemporary

Reviews The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2)

  • شيماء ✨
    How am I supposed to....go on being a person after that ending?Let me preface this by stating that this entire review could be replaced by a footage of me striding down a big hallway in a fancy period gown yelling “fuck fuck fuck” because that would more accurately sum up all my feelings. So, what’s this book about? Stevie is cast away from the Ellingham academy by her parents and promptly ordered to push the sour remains of her time in Ell...
  • Emma Giordano
    WOWOWOW I loved this book so much!! A fantastic sequel, possibly even more enjoyable than the first installment, which was tough to beat.CW: anxiety/panic attacks, murder, death, abductionI came away from The Vanishing Stair with such a greater appreciation for this entire series. From the impeccable characterization to the flawlessly constructed plot, The Vanishing Stair is everything one would want from a second installment. It’s not as if an...
  • Regan
  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    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
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription“Where do you look for someone who’s never really there? Always on a staircase but never on a stair.” 🌟 The Vanishing Stair was what I expected it to be; an unnecessary bridge to the third book and this whole series could have been a duology. Yes, this book fell into the second book syndrome with much blabber and not much happening till the end!🌟 I enjoyed b...
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    This one hit the spot in all the right ways. The first book felt a little unfinished for me, but this one fleshed out the mysteries, gave us answers, and set up the mysteries for the next book. All in all a really great read.
  • April
    This series just gets more and more addictive.
  • Nastassja
    **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 ...
  • Kate Welsh
    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.)
  • Maggie
    "(...)Nothing compares to a good book. A book gives you everything, it gives you a window to others soul, other worlds. The world is a door, books are the key." 5-star reading I can't believe that I have to wait another year for the next book!!!!I really loved this one, we finally get some answers about the mystery that was presented in the first book, but we also end the book with some other questions. Now, I'm way too curious, no way to know wh...
  • Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    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
  • Mary-ellen
    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 t...
  •  Amelia
    "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...
  • Jill
    2.75*This book picks up shortly after the ending of Truly Devious. Stevie's parents have pulled her out of Ellingham because of everything that happened. But then, she makes a deal with the devil: watch out for David and Edward King convinces her parents to send her back. On her arrival, she dives into all of her unanswered questions: Where is Ellie? Who murdered Dottie? Who kidnapped Iris and Alice? She will do whatever it takes to find answers,...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    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.
  • Jennifer
    This book lost review stars for yet another flipping cliffhanger! Nope. I am done. Was hesitant to start this one because of the last bleeping cliffhanger, but thought I'd be generous. Not falling into that trap again. A series is one thing. A cliffhanger is nothing more than blatant money grabbing from the author. Readers deserve better than that. It can be a phenomenal book and completely lose me because of a disingenuous cliffhanger ending. :/
  • Lizzie
  • Kristy
    *Note if you haven't read the first book in the series & don't want to encounter spoilers, stop reading*Stevie Bell loves Ellingham Academy and the mystery that drew her to the school in the first place. But while she was trying to solve it, a classmate of hers died instead. Stevie figured out what happened, but the aftermath made her conservative parents pull her from the school. Stevie misses Ellingham and all its quirks. She also misses the fr...
  • Htet
    I NEED ANSWERS!!!!!I was going to give this book only 4 stars before my head spins from everything that made up the last one hundred pages. I feel like I am left high and dry in a very very good way. And the next book won't come out until next year so I guess, the torture begins now.
  • Sara
    BELLISSIMO! Devo raggruppare le idee e poi ci sarà la recensione :)
  • Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
    Ah, that one is hard to rate. Quality speaking, it's probably 3 stars, but I was so captivated by the story that it would deserve 4 stars for the feelings. 3,5 then!First of all, I didn't expect to like it that much considering how disappointed I was with the first book. Second, I really believe that the 3-tomes-format doesn't fit that kind of mystery at all. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was a big fat standalone (easily done by cuttin...
  • Katie
    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!
  • TheYALibrarian
    Rating 4.5 StarsWhat. was. that?WHAT. THE. FUCK. WAS. THAT???!!!!!!more review to come just need to collect my thoughts so they are actually sentences that are not gibberish filled with a lot of swearing and expletives XD
  • Kate
    4/5starsFirst Anticipated Release of 2019 down!I adored Truly Devious last year, much to my (and everyone's) surprise. I was super looking forward to this second installment, and I DID really really enjoy it, but I definitely felt like a middle book.While the first book we were introduced to the mystery and characters and everything, this book simply moved things forward - we weren't really introduced to new, exciting pieces of info and only a fe...