Book Review: The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2)

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

The Vanishing Stair Book Cover

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson is a sequel to the intricate and mysterious Truly Devious.

This review has spoilers. So, if you haven’t read Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson and plan to read it, you shouldn’t read this review. If you wanna check out my review of Truly Devious, click here.

Stevie had gone to the Ellingham Academy to work on the eighty-year-old crimes. Instead, she found her classmate dead and tried to solve that crime. She was so close to solving the Ellingham murder (and kidnapping) case, but her parents pulled her out of school for her safety.

Now, Stevie wants to go back desperately. So when the much-despised politician, Edward King, who her parents work for, shows up at her house and asks her if she wants to go back, and offers her a strange but enticing deal, Stevie can’t resist. Even though the deal requires her to be friends with David. Stevie hates David. She loves David too. She goes back to the school to work on the Ellingham case. Will she finally find the answers?

My Thoughts

What. The. Fuck. Because, what the fuck?

I don’t even know what to think. Most of my thoughts have vacated my brain.

This book is totally amazing, thrilling and truly devious. Truly Devious had me create my own conspiracy wall with my creepy looking doodles of Albert Ellingham and others in the house. It made me question certain things and suspect certain people who had little to do with the murders and kidnapping (but, I actually don’t know that!).

The Vanishing Stair was actually better than the previous novel.

When I’d started reading The Vanishing Stair, I was almost bored with the kidnapping case of Iris and Alice. I was more interested in knowing why there weren’t any moose on the mountain. And I was more interested in the death of Hayes and the disappearance of Ellie. I was slowly scanning the pages when my eyes fell on these two words. Halloween. Tunnel. And I was like, “Now you have my full attention!”

Just give me the tunnel and Halloween and dead bodies. Now. Please.

This book is truly incredible. I’m ravenous for answers right now. I want to know who actually did it– killed and kidnapped them. This book only unravels half of the mystery, and I had totally guessed who had done it, and I was glad to have my surmise confirmed. Believe me when I say that I’ve given more thought to this mystery than I’ve ever given to my whole existence. Even though The Vanishing Stair gave me a ray of hope, I’m still waiting for answers!

I like most of the characters in the book, especially the ones in the present mystery. I like Stevie. She sometimes makes stupid but selfless decisions sometimes, like following David into the tunnel even though she could’ve sent a drone in there instead? And letting David lie because she didn’t want Nate to suffer because of them?? That’s a good friendship!

I like David too. He’s a broken, hilarious and a stupid guy who likes Stevie and doesn’t like his dad.

My favorite character in the book is Nate. The no-bullshit, grumpy Nate who doesn’t really talk much but when he talks, he says the things that actually make sense. I adore him! I like how he says things like, “Why. Do. People. Do. Stupid. Things.” He’s funny and sweet, even though he isn’t aware of it. I wish I could be friends with him and Janelle because these two people are really awesome and are super good friends!

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I’m expecting the next book in this series to be mind blowing.

So, all in all, this book is super interesting. If some genie were to grant me one wish, I’d probably use it on reading the third installment of this series. It’s complex, mysterious, weirdly funny and creepy.

If you’re into reading well-written and well-plotted mysteries, you should pick this one! I’m sure you won’t regret.

PS: You know what, the last seventy pages were lit!

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