Hi All! It’s Becky. I just finished the audiobook of The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson. This is was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and I was not disappointed. Here are my thoughts:
Title: The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Note: I listed to the audiobook.
Summary: Stevie Bell is back at Ellingham Academy and she thinks she has finally solved the greatest mystery of all time. She knows who was Truly Devious and who took Alice Ellingham all those years ago. Stevie just has to prove it and get someone to listen to her. Everything gets more complicated when her kind-of-sort-of boyfriend, David, reappears and a snowstorm is threatening to hit the school. Can Stevie find the evidence she needs to prove what happened to all those years ago or will she put herself and her friends in a new danger she never expected?
Other books reviewed by this author: Truly Devious (review below), The Vanishing Stair,
Review: I have been trying to decide why I enjoy this book series so much and I think it all comes down to the actual feel of the story. Johnson’s Truly Devious series feels like one of those classic murder mysteries that the main character, Stevie, loves so much. In The Hand on the Wall Johnson wrote a novel that was both reminiscent of a classic Agatha Christie mystery, with a brilliant sleuth and a whole houseful of suspects trapped up on a snowy mountain, while having a modern spin, these teens are tech-savvy and they know how to use it. It was a pleasure to follow Stevie as she worked her way through the disappearance of Alice Ellingham and the mystery that resulted from the crime. She stays true to herself through the entire investigation including her final moments after the mysteries resolution. Stevie just is who she is and there is something kind of nice about it. Yet, the best part of this book was the atmosphere and mood that Johnson created. The book feels like the perfect blend of boarding school drama and murder mystery. In Truly Devious Johnson started a YA mystery series that was destined to become a classic and now with The Hand on the Wall she concluded the story perfectly in a satisfying way that left this reader wanting more.
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