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.
Sequel to: Truly Devious
Part of Series: Truly Devious (Book 2)
Potentially Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Underage drinking, Smoking
Booklist (January 1, 2019 (Vol. 115, No. 9))
Grades 9-12. When true-crime-obsessed teenager Stevie Bell made surprising headway on Ellingham Academy’s infamous 80-year-old cold case, she wasn’t expecting one of her classmates to turn up dead and another to vanish. But in Truly Devious (2018), they did, and now Stevie’s parents have pulled her out of school, far away from mysteries both past and present. Stuck, at least, until she gets an offer she can’t refuse from a man with plenty of ulterior motives. But for this single-minded sleuth, nothing is more important than Ellingham’s secrets. In this second trilogy installment, Johnson gives and she takes away: a few major mysteries are satisfying solved, but other long-standing riddles remain tantalizingly indecipherable, and several new ones come into play by the enigmatic end. That Johnson handles all these plots without stalling her tale or relying on shock value to hook her audience is a testament to her skills as a storyteller. Readers, hang tight: there’s one more round to come, and if the signs are right, it’ll be to die for.
About the Author
Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls’ Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.
Many of the adventures Maureen’s characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Hank and John Green.
Her website is www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com.
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