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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Title:Truly Devious
Author:Maureen Johnson
ISBN:Truly Devious #1
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

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  • Kathryn
    Nov 14, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    ?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
    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
    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
    That cliffhanger though ...
  • Stacee
    Dec 11, 2017
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Omg!!!!! So good. But the ending. Literally screaming out loud. My full review will be on my booktube channel at ...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Feb 07, 2018
    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
    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, 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
    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
    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
    That cliffhanger though. ...
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    Apr 22, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    I need the second book now!!! ?? ...