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The Hand on the Wall

(Truly Devious #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  39,161 ratings  ·  5,888 reviews
Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greates
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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daph pink ♡
Truly devious:- ⭐⭐.15/5 Read review here
Vanishing stair :- ⭐.75/5 Read review here
Hand on wall :- ⭐⭐.5/5

*Spoiler ahead*

So with infinite Sherlock Holmes , 12 Agatha Christie , 1 Nancy drew , 1 shinning, 1 Great Gatsby and 1 titanic reference we have come to the end of this truly stupid and lame series!!

Yeah don't fight me! Okay I am not in mood , my mind committed suicide three times in last three days !!!!

✏ here is a piece of advice to author Next time try and make your characters likeable
i know this book was disappointing to me. i know that.

and yet here i am, rereading it enthusiastically and with high expectations.

i love to fail.

update: i am keeping this same review but dropping the rating half a star for the reason that this whole series would have been SO much better without the flashbacks. those were a snooze and a half.


Here’s the thing: This is not a good mystery.

A good mystery, a truly remarkable one, has not only a question at its core that fascinates and elu
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
They say: “Third time is a charm” and when I agree: because third book of the series is the BEST WRITTEN, RIVETING, EXCITING, ENTERTAINING, A GREAT TRIBUTE TO AGATHA CHRISTIE BOOKS!

The weakest thing about Truly Devious series is lack of adorable, likable characters but you slowly get used to their quirkiness, strange antics and their asocial manners. Stevie is adorably weird, introvert, die-hard fan of crime thriller podcasts, cold cases from the past (I’m not talking about younger version of my
im definitely in the minority with my feelings on this conclusion, but after my reaction to ‘the vanishing stair,’ i could see this coming.

this was okay. not the worst, but i didnt do a reread of the other books before picking this up so it took me a while to remember/piece together what was happening. i also dont remember david being such a major douche?! his character really turned me off to pretty much everything he was involved in.

overall, i wasnt overly impressed, nor was i disappointed w
I was warned The Vanishing Stair ended on a cliffhanger. Did it stop me from finishing it in a few days? NO AND I REGRET NOTHING AND REGRET EVERYTHING AT THE SAME TIME!!!! FFFFFFFUUUUUCCCCCKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Update 1/21/20

Rating 5 Stars

Got to have this for the holiday weekend and wow...what a fucking ride. I didn't want a second of it to end. More review to come I think I just need to go sob in the corner for a while...
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
At the end of The Vanishing Stair it says this book will apparently be called The Hand on the Wall??

Whatever the name is, I'm bitter that I have to wait till next year to read it after yet another cliffhanger. The life of a reader is not a fair one.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
maureen could’ve put all these in one book 🤦‍♀️
Reading_ Tamishly
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Here's my 5 🌟 parts of the trilogy:
✨The 2nd half of the 1st book
✨The whole of the 2nd book (minus David, of course)
✨The first half of the 3rd book

Well, it's worth binge reading! And it's so interesting and fast paced that you won't take much time reading each book (don't get fooled by the number of pages!).

Why the last one is not a perfect 5 🌟 read for me:
I still couldn't stand David and Stevie together. The romance was so out of place. And I simply couldn't understand why the author tried to fo
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
How could they mess up this premise this much. How.

This book (and as a result, the series as a whole) is aimless, meandering and lacks any shred of tension or suspense. The mystery is wrapped up in mere minutes based on absolutely nothing and most of it wasn't actually discovered by Stevie but instead revealed to the reader in long and unnecessary flashbacks. Stevie herself then figured it out due to divine intervention or something. I don't know.

The lack of actual content in this series becom
Ashley Nuckles
I’m curling into a ball and dying inside now that this murder mystery is cracked wide open and there is nothing left to solve.

No but for real this book was AMAZING. I did happen to guess whodunit from around the middle, but there were still SO MANY EXTRA THINGS I hadn’t even thought about!! I just really love this series and if you want a cozy, murder mystery that borders on crazy conspiracy with puzzles and history and things, please read this! I begeth of you lol. Definitely a favorite for a
Update 1/2/19:

Preorder has been placed, now the countdown to arrival begins...


Hold up.


My prayers have been answered.
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it

(Regular Review) Yet another accident happens in Ellingham Academy. A massive storm is also heading towards Vermont. So they decide to evacuate the school. But Stevie chose to stay on the mountain to face the storm to solve the case. Will she able to solve this flummoxing case amid the downright macabre of the past and the present? This book will give you the answer.

What I learned from this book
1) The money-empathy gap
Money is indispensable in everyone's life. It provides food, dre
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
To quote the best character in this series:

If you are like me and while you enjoyed the first two books in the series, you were kind of bored through most of it: I urge you to pick this up!

First, you get the satisfaction of finishing a series, seeing it through to the end.

Second - this one actually had me on the edge of my seat for more than just the cliffhanger!
Stayed up until 2:30AM to see it through and am now sitting at my work desk at 7:25AM, c
Lia Carstairs
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
  "My moose," she said in a low voice. "I finally got it. The universe paid me in moose."

omg what kind of ending was that loll I love that😂

Yes, Stevie, you finally got to see a moving branch moose.

I told myself going into this, that I would be paranoid of every single person in this book (minus the original crew).
Yet even doing that, I still didn't expect a certain someone to be behind all of this from the beginning???
I keep this saying, but I really do suck at detective work.

Stevie is th
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wish this series would continue on, but still love how it ended overall.
Aug 17, 2020 added it
Shelves: owned
People told me to keep reading despite the horrible love interest because it would all be worth it in the end. And I'm not so sure about that.

This trilogy (yes I know there's a sequel but we all know this was intended to be a trilogy that thanks to its success now receives one or multiple sequels) was overall really fun. Great characters, fantastic setting, the promise of mystery and murder in the air. And I got mystery and I got murder. It just...could have been better.

Stupid, unnecessary, bori
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"But that's what clues are.
Clues are junk. They're things that fly off the car
when it gets into an accident.
Murder is messy, and you have to use garbage to figure out
what's going on."

I was nineteen-years-old when I read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None for the first time, and I am eternally grateful to my uncle for suggesting it to me. Since then, I recommend it to everyone who's a book lover. I get mixed responses on that recommendation: “B
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
love this series and Stevie a sh*t ton <3
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, 2020
1.) Truly Devious ★★★★★
2.) The Vanishing Stair ★★★★.5
3.) The Hand on the Wall ★★★★.75


Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 01, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
WE HAVE A COVER. I had a feeling it would follow the Red, Blue and Green of YA rule
You know what this means.... We won't know what happens until 2020

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kelly ♥
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
2020...... i could be dead by then stevie will have to solve MY murder


3/09/2020: 3.5 rounded to 4 (WHEN will goodreads let us have half stars??!!!!!!)

a solid ending to this trilogy, even if i a) didn’t really remember anything from before and b) had it figured out about halfway through.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had a lot of fun with this series but it did slowly go downhill with each installment. Ultimately, this should have just been one book, instead of a trilogy.
jv poore
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Somewhat sad that Stevie has finally solved the case of the century, I really enjoyed the Truly Devious trilogy. The Hand on the Wall wraps things up...not "nicely" but pretty much what a Maureen Johnson fan expects: no disappointments. ...more
Angela Staudt
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Now that is how you end a series. I mean honestly each book got better and the number of reveals in this last book still has me stunned. I wish this story didn’t have to end, I undeniably love Ellingham Academy and all of the characters. The mystery was spectacular and I had absolutely no idea whatsoever throughout the whole book who the culprit was.

If I had to describe The Hand on the Wall I would use riveting, amazing, entertaining, a wild ride, and a masterpiece. At the end of The Vanishing
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙨, 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙙𝙞𝙙 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙢𝙮𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙮.”

For once in my bookworm life I read a book directly after it was released and I’m glad I did because I loved The Hand on the Wall!
I literally ate it up and could not put it down. It’s highly enjoyable, mysterious and captivating and we finally got the answers! Definitely my favorite out of the trilogy.

In Truly Devious I struggled with liking the characters, especially the main character, Stevie. But throughout the
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

trigger warnings:
drugs, drinking, alcoholism, violence, death, anxiety, panic attacks

this was definitely the best one in the series!!! the characters were great, the mystery was captivating, and the reveal was shocking. i am still not a huge fan of the romance, but the rest of the book was amazing. i have a lot more to say, so i will write a real review eventually, but for now, enjoy these quotes by the love of my life and the best character in this book, nathanial fisher:

"i am out of ide
✨    jami   ✨
all i care about starts at nine
Dance twelve hundred steps on the northern line
To the left bank three hundred times
Line flag

I can't believe this series is over! I had so much fun with this spooky, atmospheric mystery. It was a lot of fun and enjoyed revelling in some tropes and cliche's of dark academia/detective mysteries and I thought that was enjoyable. And at times it was genuinely creepy which was fun too.

I think I liked the middle book most of this series. One thin
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
Eeeeeerr. Well, I can't say I'm surprised by my general feelings toward this last book.
But you never know, right? Sometimes, magic happens?
Not here though, but that doesn't make it a bad book.
2,5 stars : 4 stars for the addictive whodunnit, 2 for the characters in general, 1 for David.

I loved the Ellingham case. The "case of the century" really was captivating, from the prologue of book 1 introducing Dottie Epstein to discovering about all the protagonists of this era, like Leo and Flora, and G
“My moose,” she said in a low voice. “I finally got it. The universe paid me in moose.”

I loved this book so much that I want to retreat to a cold, dark corner and start sobbing because Stevie has nothing left to solve. The mystery is over with. All of my questions have been answered. What am I supposed to do with my life now that every complex little end has been tied up?

The mystery was so intricately structured and carefully plotted. We think we’ve figured out the gist of it, but then there
Cori Reed
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I DEEPLY love this series. I feel like so many aspects of so many characters felt like home. Even the setting felt like home! I do not think it is a perfect mystery, and I don't think the characters have perfect relationships, but it's real in a messy life kinda way. ...more
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