My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
⚠️ This review does NOT contain spoilers for Truly Devious and The Vanishing Stair. But if you want to read those books, please don’t read this book blurb. ⚠️
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 greatest case of the century.
At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.
Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.
In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy.
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.
CW: death, murder, kidnapping, grief, anxiety, bad parenting, panic attacks, bullying, etc.
The Hand on the Wall is the final book in the Truly Devious series which deals with the murders that happen in the Ellingham Academy.
I finished this book about one month ago, and I can’t describe to y’all what a wonderful ride it was! I started reading it during my exams and I had decided to stop reading after two chapters, but I couldn’t stop! It was such an interesting tale that I HAD to keep reading it.
Such an intricately crafted story about murders that go down in the Ellingham Academy and outside. Without explaining too much of the story and without giving too many details, I just want to tell you guys that this book was wonderful, intriguing, and perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending for the series, and God, I had totally forgotten how amazing some of the characters in this book were – they stole my heart.
First of all, I want to talk about the mystery. I guessed the killer – it makes me think I’m smart, but I guess most people would guess it? I don’t know lol. But it made me feel proud of myself for like 3 seconds, which was good!
Another thing worth mentioning would be the anxiety rep in this book – our main character deals with an anxiety disorder, social anxiety and panic attacks, and as somebody who experiences anxiety every day, every minute of my life, I could relate to it and the main character on so many levels!
I also want to talk about Maureen Johnson’s writing – she has crafted such an amazing, well thought out story with characters that seem like real people. It’s really well written and I found it perfectly paced. The setting is extraordinarily eerie, which makes the novel all the more interesting and hooks the reader. She is such a talented author and all of the books in this series that I’ve read of her have made me love her writing more and more. This book also has some good LGBT rep and mental health rep (I already talked about anxiety). There’s also a dash of feminist commentary in this book, I believe.
Even though this book has a lot of gore- it’s a murder mystery after all – it has some heartwarming scenes and some adorable characters.
All in all, this book was such good value for money and you should pick it up if you haven’t already.