Review: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

Sorry for not posting earlier. I have been busy writing my first manuscript and the end of the month had been too busy for me to catch up on review. I also will only be posting one review a week and I will try and see if I can start up the Top Ten Tuesdays again or something else since the 800 Questions for Me posts have been done.

But here we go.


When I finished Truly Devious last year I knew I wanted to read The Vanishing Stair and couldn’t wait. It was worth the wait though and I really liked it.

Book Review: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson


Title & Author: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary
Release date: January 22 2019
Series: Truly Devious
Publisher: HarperCollins


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.

I give The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson four out of five hearts because I really liked it, but I really would have liked it to be longer and more full of information.

This novel is a great sequel to Truly Devious and starts sometime after the previous book, filling in the gap with a few sentences here and there to get the reader up to date.

I think the Ellingham mystery will keep me hooked after reading this book. There was so much information in this book to hint at what happened, but it is still not completely solved. There are more pieces from that time and they are great.

Also this year there is another mystery for Stevie to solve next to the Ellingham one. Because the girl that disappeared last book still hasn’t been found. I wished there was a little more information given for this mystery, because it now felt a bit like Stevie just stumbled upon it, instead of actually finding info to put her in the right direction.

Stevie is still a pretty interesting girl and I would like a little more background information on her, but she really grows from each of the mysteries.

Overall I really like this series and would love to read the last book in this series. Maureen’s writing keeps me on the edge of my seat and I don’t want to stop until I have finished the book.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.

For now, let books enrich your life!


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