Hey folks! How is everyone doing? Good and well I’m hoping. Alrighty today’s post is going to be a review for the book “Truly Devious” by Maureen Johnson. I feel like I always say that I LOVED the book in every single review that I have done… but it’s true. I don’t know why but I tend to only blog about the books that I really enjoyed. I guess it’s just hard for me to be negative in a review. But I also should work on that because part of a review is to critique the work. I just like the praise aspect of it more I think. I don’t really know what I’m saying I’m just rambling now 😂. Alright, let’s get started with this review!
Ok, let’s start with the main character. Stevie was an awesome person to follow throughout the story. She is so well-developed and she has her own unique ticks that stand out for her. Following the story through her eyes was so interesting because she is so analytical, and she really cares about finding out who dun it! I felt like I was reading a Sherlock Holmes it was great. As far as the other characters go, I found them pretty well developed. I really like that Maureen made some, if not most of the characters pretty aggravating (in my opinion) because I think it added to the mystery. I would find that I didn’t really like a certain person, and then I would suspect them of doing something bad. Stevie’s two friends, Janelle and Nate, were the greatest sidekick people I have ever read in a book, especially Nate. He was so deadpan and sarcastic, and every time he came onto the page I just laughed. It wasn’t even because he did something “funny,” but just because he was such a melancholy dude. Great guy I highly recommend a friend like him.
Ok ok ok. This book was a wild ride man. So full of twists and turns I was like WOAH THERE! So in this book, we follow not one, but TWO mysteries. One is a cold case set in the 1930’s, and one is set in present day. Both of them are intricately constructed and I was never sure of anything. Stevie’s Sherlock Holmesque personality, along with the mystique of the boarding school, all add up to the suspense and intrigue of the story. But I really don’t want to say too much about the plot because it’s a mystery (duh) and I think it’s better going into it without knowing too much.
I know I’ve definitely been in a mystery craze as of late, but if you like mysteries I think you will really like this book. It’s thrilling and exciting and overall just a great read! I can’t wait to pick up the second book, “The Vanishing Stair.”
That’s all for now! If you have any post ideas you would like to see from me let me know down in the comments! Also comment if you have read this book and what your thoughts were. Until then…