Blog Tour & Review: ‘Hand on the Wall’

The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious #3)

by Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 21st 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
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Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.
Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .
She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.
At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.
Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.
In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy.

REVIEW

Star_rating_4_of_5

For me, it was no surprise that I really enjoyed this book. We here at Frayed Books love Maureen Johnson from her other works and this series is no exception. She writes in a way that is laugh out loud funny, but interesting and intriguing, with just the perfect amount of seriousness to top it off. This series is truly amazing and I highly recommend checking it out!
I don’t want to spoil for those who have not read the first two in the series, but this book follows separate timelines to solve an age-old mystery as well as the main character Stevie’s present-day mystery. Usually, alternate timelines are something that I am not a fan of, but Johnson does it in a way that is easy to follow and all around makes sense. You might question this comment but, believe me, I’ve been incredibly lost before with other books.
I read the first two books via audio and I highly recommend those as well! While I read this via physical copy for this tour, I will definitely be reading it again via audiobook because it was just that good. I felt there were twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting and the character development was so well done. These books have you trying to solve the mystery along with Stevie and that is one of my favorite parts about it.
Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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