The Hand on the Wall
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.
Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of eithera prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an...more
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 ...more
1) one of the murderers in this book got to me. (somehow crossed the bounds of fiction.)
2) i passed away from thirst, because i finished my water while reading this but was too scared to get out of bed and get more. (see: real murderers point, above.)
review to come / 3.5 stars
I HAVE THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS, I AM ABOUT TO OPEN IT, IT IS HAPPENING.
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.
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...
“ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE ME HAVE AN EMOTION???”
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, ...more
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 force ...more
"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: ...more
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 ...more
also: they know we suffer already so they put higher prices on books that are last in a series.
I still think this story should have been condensed into two novels, rather than three; the plot felt thin and stretched at times. Regardless, I'm pleased with how the mysteries wrapped up, both past and present, and pleased with Stevie and friends' character arcs and development over the course of the series.
In The Hand on the Wall, for the first time, I was equally wrapped up in both timelines and intrigued by all characters. The 1920s bits were flashy and ...more
So... The Truly Devious conclusion was Truly Delightful!
(Get it? Get it? I know, the wit, how can you even take it?) Anyway, my outstanding wit aside...
Surprised? I was too! The finale of this book trio not only wasn’t in the 3 star range, but I enjoyed it so much that it scored 4 and a HALF stars from me! That kind of bump up in overall enjoyment was an amazing gift, especially because I can’t NOT read the rest of the books ffcin a series, even if i don’t LOVE the ...more
I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. These books really do flow together SO perfectly its basically just reading one big mystery story. I LOVED how this wrapped up and I loved how many little things we figured out along the way but the BIG reveal was kept a secret. I love how these are written in dual POVs from the past and present and I LOVE our characters SO MUCH.
I had only two things that brought this from a 5 to a 4.5 star but they are both spoilers: (view spoiler)[
I disliked that the ...more
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 ...more
i loved this setting so much -- it's a school I would have died to go to when I was a teen (and probs also now tbh lol)
I'm conflicted whether i liked knowing about the past before stevie/the present gets the info. On one hand I loved the dual timelines, but we obviously get vital info before it catches up to the present which can be kind of annoying in a mystery. There were plenty of other twists tho, don't get me wrong.
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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 ...more