Truly Devious

Truly Devious

Author Maureen Johnson weaves a tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a new series. Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. "A place" he sa Author Maureen Johnson weaves a tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a new series. Ellingham Academy is a fa...

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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

Truly Devious Reviews

  • Kathryn
    Nov 14, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...

    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...

    Me, looking at the numerous angry reviews now that I've waited for the sequel to be safely downloaded in my kindle to finish the book : hahahahaha I don't know what you're talking about ...

    I HATE CLIFFHANGERS PEOPLE! So when I went to the bookstore and saw this book I didn't even second guess when it landed in my hands and I handed over money like a robot buying books. It's like I woke up from my haze the next day and had no idea how many books I bought. I should prob...

    Omg!!!!! So good. But the ending. Literally screaming out loud. My full review will be on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks ...

    Ughhhh cliffhangers are the worst I really enjoyed reading this, I have more questions than answers right now, and I need the next book ASAP pls I really loved the setting and Ellingham Academy and the flash backs were a brilliant touch! ...

    2.5 stars Stephanie (aka Stevie) Bell just been admitted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy. Ellingham is a different sort of school where tuition is free, learning is a game and everyone learns at their own pace. Being a true crime junkie, Stevie is set on solving the kidnapping ...

    I need the second book now!!! ?? ...

    The problem with me and murder mysteries is that I come up with insane theories like it was a ghost or the baby or the ghost of a baby or wait the murder victim isn't actually dead, they faked the whole thing. And I'm so ready and excited. And then it's actually someone's uncle named S...

    Where do you look for someone who?s never really there? Always on a staircase, but never on a stair. Craving a nostalgic mystery complete with crafty plots and a strong female detective? Look no further: Maureen Johnson?s TRULY DEVIOUS has all the Agatha Christie your heart...

  • Tatiana
    Nov 27, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Feb 07, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

  • Melanie
    Jan 23, 2019

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

  • Dayla
    Jan 06, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

  • Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    Nov 28, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

  • Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
    Jun 19, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

  • Stacee
    Dec 11, 2017

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...

  • Michael
    Sep 25, 2017

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

  • Kassidy
    Jan 18, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

  • jessica
    Jun 07, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    May 11, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

  • Vani
    Feb 13, 2019

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...

    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...

    Me, looking at the numerous angry reviews now that I've waited for the sequel to be safely downloaded in my kindle to finish the book : hahahahaha I don't know what you're talking about ...

    I HATE CLIFFHANGERS PEOPLE! So when I went to the bookstore and saw this book I didn't even second guess when it landed in my hands and I handed over money like a robot buying books. It's like I woke up from my haze the next day and had no idea how many books I bought. I should prob...

    Omg!!!!! So good. But the ending. Literally screaming out loud. My full review will be on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks ...

    Ughhhh cliffhangers are the worst I really enjoyed reading this, I have more questions than answers right now, and I need the next book ASAP pls I really loved the setting and Ellingham Academy and the flash backs were a brilliant touch! ...

    2.5 stars Stephanie (aka Stevie) Bell just been admitted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy. Ellingham is a different sort of school where tuition is free, learning is a game and everyone learns at their own pace. Being a true crime junkie, Stevie is set on solving the kidnapping ...

    I need the second book now!!! ?? ...

    The problem with me and murder mysteries is that I come up with insane theories like it was a ghost or the baby or the ghost of a baby or wait the murder victim isn't actually dead, they faked the whole thing. And I'm so ready and excited. And then it's actually someone's uncle named S...

  • Peter Monn
    Jan 30, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...

    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...

    Me, looking at the numerous angry reviews now that I've waited for the sequel to be safely downloaded in my kindle to finish the book : hahahahaha I don't know what you're talking about ...

    I HATE CLIFFHANGERS PEOPLE! So when I went to the bookstore and saw this book I didn't even second guess when it landed in my hands and I handed over money like a robot buying books. It's like I woke up from my haze the next day and had no idea how many books I bought. I should prob...

    Omg!!!!! So good. But the ending. Literally screaming out loud. My full review will be on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks ...

  • Stephanie Anze
    Feb 07, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...

    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...

    Me, looking at the numerous angry reviews now that I've waited for the sequel to be safely downloaded in my kindle to finish the book : hahahahaha I don't know what you're talking about ...

    I HATE CLIFFHANGERS PEOPLE! So when I went to the bookstore and saw this book I didn't even second guess when it landed in my hands and I handed over money like a robot buying books. It's like I woke up from my haze the next day and had no idea how many books I bought. I should prob...

    Omg!!!!! So good. But the ending. Literally screaming out loud. My full review will be on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks ...

    Ughhhh cliffhangers are the worst I really enjoyed reading this, I have more questions than answers right now, and I need the next book ASAP pls I really loved the setting and Ellingham Academy and the flash backs were a brilliant touch! ...

    2.5 stars Stephanie (aka Stevie) Bell just been admitted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy. Ellingham is a different sort of school where tuition is free, learning is a game and everyone learns at their own pace. Being a true crime junkie, Stevie is set on solving the kidnapping ...

  • Emma Giordano
    Feb 03, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Jan 12, 2019

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...

    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...

    Me, looking at the numerous angry reviews now that I've waited for the sequel to be safely downloaded in my kindle to finish the book : hahahahaha I don't know what you're talking about ...

  • Laura
    Jun 30, 2016

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

  • Erin
    Mar 09, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

  • April
    Feb 18, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    Apr 22, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...

    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...

    Me, looking at the numerous angry reviews now that I've waited for the sequel to be safely downloaded in my kindle to finish the book : hahahahaha I don't know what you're talking about ...

    I HATE CLIFFHANGERS PEOPLE! So when I went to the bookstore and saw this book I didn't even second guess when it landed in my hands and I handed over money like a robot buying books. It's like I woke up from my haze the next day and had no idea how many books I bought. I should prob...

    Omg!!!!! So good. But the ending. Literally screaming out loud. My full review will be on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks ...

    Ughhhh cliffhangers are the worst I really enjoyed reading this, I have more questions than answers right now, and I need the next book ASAP pls I really loved the setting and Ellingham Academy and the flash backs were a brilliant touch! ...

  • شيماء ✨
    Nov 10, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Nov 11, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

  • megs_bookrack
    Jan 23, 2019

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

  • chandler ainsley ♕
    Aug 30, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

  • may ❀
    Aug 14, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

  • Alaina
    May 21, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...

    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...

    Me, looking at the numerous angry reviews now that I've waited for the sequel to be safely downloaded in my kindle to finish the book : hahahahaha I don't know what you're talking about ...

    I HATE CLIFFHANGERS PEOPLE! So when I went to the bookstore and saw this book I didn't even second guess when it landed in my hands and I handed over money like a robot buying books. It's like I woke up from my haze the next day and had no idea how many books I bought. I should prob...

  • Hamad
    Jan 07, 2019

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

  • Beverly
    Mar 10, 2018

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...

    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...

  • Rachel
    Feb 08, 2019

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump* Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let?s get into the THEORIES. First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my physical form isn't even an objective fact of the universe and if I want the seque...

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...

    ?A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.? Friends, you?d think a book that is centered around two different murders would be a lot more exciting and enjoyable to read. I know I sound harsh already, but I just real...

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...

    I'm in love with this book. THAT ENDING! I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. I don't think I could have waited a long period of time for the sequel. It was truly devious of Ms. Johnson to leave off on such a cliffhanger! Ell...

    That cliffhanger though. ...

    That cliffhanger though ...

    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...

    I?ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it?s just not working for me. I think it?s just my fault and not the book?s; I?m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other things. On to the next! ...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 3.5 stars ?You have to take things as they are, not how you hear they?re supposed to be.? ? I usually read contemporaries or mystery/ thriller novels when I want to take a b...

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...

    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...

    Updated So I've performed a fit of astonishing perseverance and read the whole book. Was it worth the effort? Not really, but I am at least ready to discuss details with my book club mates. It's not that this novel is bad. I don't think it is. It's an ok mystery, with historical ...

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...

    a main character bold enough to knock herself unconscious when her anxiety gets to be too much this book was much better than i was expecting, thank the fucking lord. i've read a couple of maureen johnson's other books and haven't ever been very impressed. this one kind of changed m...

    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...

    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...

    THIS WAS GOOD THIS WAS REALLY GOOD IM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THIS BOOK AND ITS MYSTERY (especially since i literally went into this book knowing nothing about anything bc who reads the synopsis?? not me) AND I NEED BOOK 2 BECAUSE HOW DARE IT END LIKE THAT AND NOT GIVE ME THE ANS...

    It's a miracle, a mystery book that legit kept me guessing all the way through. I'm always guessing things too quickly on mysteries, so this was a breath of fresh air. I'm so happy I was this engaged with the story that I'm not even mad that Truly Devious leaves many important answe...

    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...

    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...

    Me, looking at the numerous angry reviews now that I've waited for the sequel to be safely downloaded in my kindle to finish the book : hahahahaha I don't know what you're talking about ...

    I HATE CLIFFHANGERS PEOPLE! So when I went to the bookstore and saw this book I didn't even second guess when it landed in my hands and I handed over money like a robot buying books. It's like I woke up from my haze the next day and had no idea how many books I bought. I should prob...

    Omg!!!!! So good. But the ending. Literally screaming out loud. My full review will be on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks ...

    Ughhhh cliffhangers are the worst I really enjoyed reading this, I have more questions than answers right now, and I need the next book ASAP pls I really loved the setting and Ellingham Academy and the flash backs were a brilliant touch! ...

    2.5 stars Stephanie (aka Stevie) Bell just been admitted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy. Ellingham is a different sort of school where tuition is free, learning is a game and everyone learns at their own pace. Being a true crime junkie, Stevie is set on solving the kidnapping ...

    I need the second book now!!! ?? ...