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The Vanishing Stair

(Truly Devious #2)

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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  25,532 ratings  ·  4,359 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 369 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emma Giordano
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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, abduction

I 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 anything was lacking in Truly Devious, but the seque
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chai ♡
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 Ellingham to the back of her mind. But Stevie’s m
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Look a riddle!
Time for fun!

Should we use
Some juice or gum?

Scissors are sharp
And gleam so pretty

Syrup's slow
Which is a pity

Fire is festive
Drowning's slow

Detergent is a
Soapy way to go

A broken spine
A nasty rip

A book colliding
With a drip

Acid makes a
very jolly look

Such ways to
Punish naughty books

What shall we use
We can't decide

Just like you cannot
Run or hide

Give me an ARC of this book
Or we shall destroy book one

Ha ha,

Truly,
In need of this book

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megs_bookrack
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
**4.5-stars**

Dear Maureen Johnson,

First of all, how dare you?

It was truly devious of you to hit me with YET ANOTHER cliffhanger ending!

Nevertheless, I still love you.

Faithfully,

Megs



I had many thoughts whilst reading this.
For example, there was this:



Followed by this:



Wrapped up by this:



In all seriousness, that ending!?!?



I really wasn't expecting that, even though Ms. Johnson has played me like that before.

I was totally invested in this story. I loved being back with Stevie and the rest of the cas
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jessica
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
you know that feeling when you misremember how you felt about a book, potentially romanticising it, because you swear the story was just that good?? i think i did that with ‘truly devious’ because i went into this expecting it to be a five star read. and maybe thats my fault. i should have done a quick reread beforehand because this sequel did nothing to help me remember why i thought i was obsessed with this story.

dont get me wrong. its still a pretty solid sequel and a really good book, but i
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Gaby (lookingatbooks)
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, favourites, 2019, anxiety
1.) Truly Devious ★★★★★
2.) The Vanishing Stair ★★★★.5
3.) The Hand on the Wall ★★★★.75

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WHAT DOES THAT ENDING EVEN MEAN????
emma
I can’t remember anything that happened in this book.

Judging by my pre-review (which consists of about one-third expletives and three-thirds surprise), I was shocked by something. I do not remember what that thing was, but considering this is a murder mystery, and also the second book in a series, I’m going to guess it was one part Big Reveal and one part cliffhanger.

How frustrating, presumably, for past me.

The only thing I really remember is finding this book slightly disappointing in compariso
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Hamad
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, 2019-reads
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 book 1 more than I did with this one because there were much
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✨    jamieson   ✨
I. LOVED. THIS. SO. FREAKIN. MUCH

This was ... WILD. The twists?!?! The turns!!! The REVEALS. I think this is definitely becoming one of my new favourite series?? and I am DYING FOR BOOK THREE ALREADY

Where do you look for someone who's never really there? Always on a staircase, but never on a stair.


The Vanishing Stair starts a few months after the events of Truly Devious. Despite being pulled from Ellingham Academy by her parents, the mysteries of Ellingham Academy and the Truly Devious case
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Nilufer Ozmekik
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four more astonishing and intriguing, TG this time I’m not disappointed stars!

This book’s difference from the first one, we don’t need any introductions about Ellingham academy, its history and past kidnapping, murder mysteries. It started where it left and we have some revelations, more informations, finding important pieces of puzzle.
This is more fast paced, riveting and entertaining book. I even start to empathize Stevie, her techniques, her obsessions, way of thinking, emotional up and dow
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Christian
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

This was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. It basically had everything I wanted from a sequel and, to me, is the perfect second installment in this series. The characters felt more fleshed out and charming, the dialogues felt incredibly realistic and well-written, the suspense was ridiculously well structured and executed and THE REVEALS were quite unpredictable and shocking to me. Once more I cannot wait for the next book. (Also Nate hi I love you.)

* * *

YOOOO THIS TI
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The most disappointing part of the book?! The 'Acknowledgwments' just after the last chapter! I wanted MORE...and yes, I can imagine how vampires must be craving for warm blood to survive.
Ok, for Nate's sake, how this book made my life incompletely complete:
The second book started with a bang! Each page was so entertaining, except for the David parts, of course. (I still cannot get used to this character nor to the awkward romance. I guess I never will.) I find almost every character really amus
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may ❀
where can i petition to have more YA mystery series?

i love this SO. MUCH. and frankly it's disrespectful to have me wait until 2020 to get some real answers

rtc
jv poore
Man.

Maureen Johnson is master of ending a book in a way that makes the reader throw it across the room, and demand: I WILL HAVE MY SEQUEL NOW!

Cannot wait for the next Truly Devious novel.

And, you may recall my grumbling about punctuation in the first book "Truly, Devious"...well, I'd be remiss if I did not tell you that my little pet peeve did not appear in the second book.
Shaun Hutchinson
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
alana ♡
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is a joke right?
I don't really need to wait until 2020?
PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS A JOKE?!

I need answers, damn it.

You can find my review for Truly Devious and The Vanishing Stair on the blog HERE.


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Mackenzie Lane
The plot thickens.

Now that's what I call a cliff-hanger! So much was revealed in the last 50 pages, and for it to end like that? Bravo, Maureen Johnson.

I definitely enjoyed this second novel in the Truly Devious series more than the first. It still carried all the luscious descriptions of crisp Autumn mornings that I so loved in Truly Devious; I'll never tire of reading about fall in New England.

The characters felt worn-in, in the best way possible. Nate is my favorite, by far. David's still we
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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 wall, how do I survive the fall?
Under stair

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April
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets more and more addictive.
michaela ☁️
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
WHAT. WAS. THAT. ANOTHER FUDGING CLIFF HANGER? You’re tellin’ me that I have to wait until 2020 for answers?!?!?
Kate Welsh
6/20/19: REREADING for REASONS.

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.)
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOLY SH*T WHAT THE HELL. OMG. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOWWWW
Clem (the villain's quest)
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, young-adult
"There's nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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GUESS WHO FORGOT TO WRITE THE REVIEW!!

Yes, me again, we've been knew. The thing is, that I've read this book a week ago and so many things happened since then that I forgot most of the book due to the fact that I didn't take notes. I was too busy binging The Vanishing Stair to give a fuck.

But here's what I remember.

It's a good book, the writer doesn't take its readers for dumb cunts for a change and the plot was as enticing as
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Jennie Damron
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Annnnnd she ended with another cliff hanger!!! Come on! I have to wait a whole other year for answers, gah!!! Fabulous book. I am loving everything about this series. It keeps getting better and even more clever. Stevie is everything I love in a sleuth. She is not perfect, she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, but she doesn't allow that to overcome her. She presses forward and finds ways to manage and succeed. I also loved that she could admit when she was scared or overwhelmed by all the ...more
Liα Cαrѕtαirѕ
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

"Where do you look for someone who's never really there?
Always on a staircase but never on a stair."


DID IT SERIOUSLY JUST END LIKE THAT???!!!
Wow.😠

Just wow. Someone should seriously congratulate Maureen Johnson with her amazing cliffhangers.

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW FROM BOOK 1!!!! (spoilers from this book are in tags)
You have been warned............


I thought Truly Devious's ending was bad but no...........this is WAY worse.
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Trina (Between Chapters)
I was able to get more invested in the story and characters in this book than in book 1, and again the atmosphere are setting are the stars of the show. What I specifically didn't enjoy about this one is that although we are getting real answers, they are just thrown at us by the omnipotent narration, and not revealed due to anything Stevie has done to uncover them. The reader now knows more than anyone else and it's taking away some of the mystery. Regardless, I am finding this series enjoyable ...more
Lara
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review

In the second installment of Johnson’s Truly Devious trilogy, things are getting even more complicated, if that is even possible. Ellie has disappeared and took the only hope Stevie had of finding out what happened to Heyes. However, Stevie found something in Ellie’s room – a box with a picture and a poem, which is actual proof and significantly changes the perspective on the Ellingham case. Stevie is determined to solve the case and motivated more than ever, but the problem is, she is
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Kyle
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mystery-thriller
This is bullshit. I cannot stand by another cliffhanger ending, and an author who thinks it’s okay to manipulate their readership into buying another book to find out what happens. This whole series screams “CASH GRAB!”, and I’m done.

I should have been done after book one (which, of course, also ended on a cliffhanger), but more-so because of Maureen Johnson’s clearly biased politics. Now, some may find this to be nit-picking on my part, and maybe a bit overblown, but I need to say it:

It takes a
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Peter Monn
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So goo! A full review is up on my booktube channel http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks ...more
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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 Han
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