• The Bossy Bookworm

Review of The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

This book was a little darker than the previous two in the series. When the truths are uncovered, they are sinister as well.

The mystery isn't over--Truly Devious led to the disappearance of Alice Ellingham decades ago, and now David Easton has disappeared. And the mysterious deaths of people connected to Ellingham Academy aren't over.


The final book in Maureen Johnson's young adult Truly Devious trilogy wraps up the story nicely, but I admit that I missed the earlier books’ more extensive banter and connection and conversation between the wonderful, quirky gaggle of friends, especially between Stevie and David.


Stevie continues her ill-advised, outlandishly brave decision-making in trying to unravel the tangled web that's been evolving for many years. When a giant storm heads toward the Burlington, Vermont, boarding school do you think Stevie goes along agreeably with the plan to evacuate all students and staff? Spoiler: she does not.


I felt like this book was a little darker than the previous two in the series. When the truths are uncovered, they are sinister as well.


The Rube Goldberg machine was a minor but wonderful element.

What did you think?

Have you read this series? What did you think about how Johnson wrapped things up in this final book?


Maureen Johnson also wrote the young adults Shades of London series, which is based on Jack the Ripper's crimes. The basis seems more macabre but reportedly isn't gorily detailed. I'd like to give that a go too; the first title is The Name of the Star.


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