The Vanishing Stair / Truly Devious, Book 2 – Audiobook Online

The Vanishing Stair is the second book in the Truly Devious series written by Maureen Johnson. It continues the story of Stevie Bell, a true crime enthusiast and amateur detective, as she tries to solve the mystery surrounding the Ellingham Academy.
In The Vanishing Stair, Stevie is still haunted by the unsolved case of the kidnapping and murder that occurred at Ellingham Academy in 1936. Determined to uncover the truth, she returns to the school after being expelled in the previous book. With the help of her friends and fellow students, she delves deeper into the secrets of Ellingham Academy and its enigmatic founder, Albert Ellingham.
Stevie’s investigation leads her to discover a hidden passage known as “the vanishing stair,” which connects different parts of the school. As she explores this secret passage, she uncovers more clues and connections to the past. However, her pursuit of the truth becomes even more dangerous when another student goes missing.
As Stevie gets closer to unraveling the mysteries surrounding Ellingham Academy, she becomes entangled in a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal. She must navigate through a complex network of suspects and motives to uncover the truth behind both the historical crime and the recent disappearance.
Throughout The Vanishing Stair, Maureen Johnson skillfully weaves together multiple timelines and perspectives, keeping readers on their toes with unexpected twists and turns. The story combines elements of mystery, suspense, romance, and coming-of-age themes to create a captivating narrative.
The Vanishing Stair not only focuses on Stevie’s investigation but also delves deeper into her personal struggles and growth as a character. She grapples with her own fears and insecurities while trying to balance her desire for justice with her need for self -preservation.
The book ends with several unresolved plot threads, setting up anticipation for the next installment in the series.

The Vanishing Stair / Truly Devious, Book 2, Audiobook Online By: Maureen Johnson

In the second novel by New York Times best – selling author Maureen Johnson in the Really Insidious series, there are more twists and turns than Stevie Bell could have imagined.

No answer is given freely, and someone will pay for the truth with their life. The Truly Insidious Case – an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936 – had consumed Stevie for years. That was the reason she came to the academy. But then, her classmate is murdered, and her parents quickly kick her out of the school. For her safety, they said. She must overcome this obsession with crime.

Stevie is willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, get back to her friends, and solve the Truly Devious case. Even if that means making a deal with despicable Senator Edward King. And when Stevie finally returned, she also returned to David: the boy she had kissed, and the boy who had lied about his identity – the son of Edward King.

But bigger problems are at play. Where is the killer hiding? What is the meaning of the puzzle Albert Ellingham left behind? And what exactly is at stake in the Really Insidious Case? The Ellingham case is not just a piece of history – it is a direct link to the present.

Having read reviews of these books, I wasn’t sure if I should give this series a try. All the reviews say over and over that the first two books ended with terrible twists. What they often don’t mention is that this book (as well as the last one) has an excellent plot, good characters, and an excellent narrator. And notably, the “cliffs” are not bad at all. Just a little something to keep you motivated to read the next book.

I’m so glad I got the chance and read this series. I adore the characters and the story makes me guess. The only thing I don’t like about the sound is the way the reader pronounces the words “and” & “to”. Sometimes she sounds almost robotic. I found it very distracting when I first heard the book, Truly Insidious, but now I’m used to it. I also don’t like how she sometimes dubs Stevie’s lines. She made Stevie like someone who had never talked to anyone before. Overall I like this story. Can’t wait to read the third book.

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