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The Vanishing Stair

The Vanishing Stair

Scritto da Maureen Johnson

Narrato da Kate Rudd


The Vanishing Stair

Scritto da Maureen Johnson

Narrato da Kate Rudd

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4.5/5 (628 valutazioni)
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9 ore
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Pubblicato:
Jan 22, 2019
ISBN:
9780062885340
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In New York Times best-selling author Maureen Johnson’s second novel in the Truly Devious series, there are more twists and turns than Stevie Bell can imagine. No answer is given freely, and someone will pay for the truth with his or her life.

The Truly Devious case — an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936 — has consumed Stevie for years. It’s the very reason she came to the academy. But then her classmate was murdered, and her parents quickly pull her out of school. For her safety, they say. She must move past this obsession with crime.

Stevie’s willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, be back with her friends, and solve the Truly Devious case. Even if it means making a deal with the despicable Senator Edward King. When Stevie finally returns, she also returns to David: the guy she kissed and the guy who lied about his identity — Edward King’s son.

But larger issues are at play. Where did the murderer hide? What’s the meaning of the riddle Albert Ellingham left behind? And what, exactly, is at stake in the Truly Devious affair? The Ellingham case isn’t just a piece of history — it’s a live wire into the present.

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Pubblicato:
Jan 22, 2019
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Informazioni sull'autore

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Name of the Star, Suite Scarlett, and Truly Devious. Visit her at MaureenJohnsonBooks.com, MaureenJohnsonBooks on Tumblr, or @MaureenJohnson on Twitter.

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  • (5/5)
    HOLY CRAPOLY. I was kind of wavering during the middle, but DANG things picked up for the last act of this story!
  • (5/5)
    OMG! What was that ending!? I'm so ready for the next book.
  • (4/5)
    Absolutely ADORED listening to this.... I couldn't stop!!! Well worth the listen slash read.
  • (5/5)
    What a cliffhanger! I love the characters and the pacing, and how likeable Stevie is - she’s built from her background and her passions and her need to find answers. I can’t wait for the next book!
  • (5/5)
    the best detective novel in a long time!!!! I can't wait for the next book!!!! the mysterious mountain and the elite school for the richest of kids and an unsolved murder! what more can you ask for on a cold winter evening!!
  • (4/5)
    It’s was great... I don’t know if it’s better than Truly Devious or not but I know I’m enjoying it. More mystery to solve now. And some of the secret in book one also solve. End with a cliffhanger again.
  • (5/5)
    That was one helluva wild ride!!!!

    It has been a LONG time since I was this engrossed in a mystery story.

    I did this to myself honestly. I should have waited until the final book was published before I even started this series. I will never learn.

    I don't know what it is about David, but I still really like him as a character. He is messed up as all get out, but I really like him. Nate continues to be awesome. Janelle is wonderful.

    I literally squealed and threw my hand up in triumph cause I predicted very early on in book one who was the killer of Dotty!!!

    I will eagerly anticipate book three now and seriously, the mysteries just kept getting better and better here oh my goodness!
  • (5/5)
    This is a great sequel. maureen Johnson is a genius she does such a great job crafting a story.
  • (4/5)
    This was SO GOOD! Even better than the first one!
  • (5/5)
    Very fun book. I am enjoying this series, looking forward to more!
  • (4/5)
    This was very fun. Although I prefer the second half! But the narration was amazing as always!
  • (5/5)
    IT was awesome there were so many twists and turns i just loved it
  • (5/5)
    Excellent series! Really keeps the suspense going without getting boring.
  • (4/5)
    Intricate plotting, dispite some catching up because it's the second book of a series. Stevie Bell solves some things, yet there are new mysteries presented for the next emtry in the series. I particularly liked the tension and repartee between Stevie and love interest David. Also, how the past mystery Stevie wanted to solve was skillfully interwoven with new crimes to solve.
  • (4/5)
    The second book in the Truly Devious series has Stevie back at Ellingham Academy with an internship with Dr Fenton a noted authority on the Ellingham kidnapping / murder. She made a deal with the devil (Edward King) in order to return, which will affect her relationship with David.Meanwhile there are more murders and other crimes.While this book was not as much of a cliffhanger as Truly Devious, there are questions that still need to be answered. Keep going. You'll want to find out the truth.
  • (4/5)
    A good continuation of the series. I love the atmosphere of the Academy and the characters are quirky yet endearing. The narrator did a good job, the characters and the different timelines were distinguishable. Looking forward to the third book.
  • (4/5)
    I really loved the audiobook. I would have given it 5 stars except that I don’t think cliff hangers are a good note to end on. The same thing happened with the first book. Cliff hanger, ended massively and did not pick up where it left off (started again at a slow, close to boring pace, wasting the first chapter recapping the previous book before becoming interesting again) I hope that’s not the case with the next one. Guess we will find out!!
  • (3/5)
    should be standalone book this was way too long, nothing going on until third part of the book
  • (5/5)
    This brilliant novel never stops keeping you on your toes.
  • (5/5)
    I slid into this so smoothly and was finished in just a few hours. It builds perfectly on the first book while answering some hanging questions. At the same time, it adds new ones while further muddying the relationship between Stevie and David. In all, a superb middle book that has me counting the days until the final one is published. I've already preordered it.
  • (5/5)
    As I said before, this is definitely a case of the writing and the story getting better in the second book. The first book dragged for me a little, the teen romances and YouTuber drama bogged it down for me. This book does have the element of teen relationships but it takes a back seat to what I found to be the most interesting part of the book: the mystery.

    I am anxiously now waiting to start the last book in the series. I hope the end does not disappoint because this second installment in the series was amazing.
  • (5/5)
    Write more books for I need so much more of this.
  • (5/5)
    What an ending .... jeeeeeeeez Maureen really loves to tease me with her ending.... the story was amazing.... Stevie is back at Ellinghham academy after she struck a deal with the devil only to stumble on another body in a tunnel... now she is against time as she struggles to put the puzzle pieces together... will she finally solve the 70 years old mystery... will she finally find out who truly devious is and what happened to alice.
    Highly recommend the book especially the audio.. it's much more enjoyable listening to it.
  • (5/5)
    Thoroughly enjoyed the second installation of Truly Devious! The end leaves you on a cliffhanger with no way to satisfy the urge to read more as the third novel doesn’t come out until late January, 2020.
  • (4/5)
    This isn't really a review just a collection of my thoughts. But in reality, what else is a review if not a collection of thoughts?I really really really enjoyed this book. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and I am so happy my library ordered this for me. When I got a phone call from my library saying that a book I had put on hold was available for pickup, I assumed it was a different book and only found out it was The Vanishing Stair when I picked it up and I was ECSTATIC. Oddly enough, both during and thinking back on this book, I felt like nothing happened in the first big chunk of this book. I wasn't taking notes or anything so I really don't know what chunk exactly but I remember thinking multiple times and saying out-loud to people around me "Nothing is happening in this book but it's still good." Weird experience.I didn't feel the sense of urgency until about half through the book and I think the fact that the book is split in two timelines, which led to some things, and that took a bit of the mystery away from me. That being said, I really enjoyed the storyline and the further the book went on, the more I was drawn into the story. The last 100 pages or so were SO GOOD. I flew threw them and because I had not checked my actual page count versus the Goodreads page count, I assumed I had roughly 20 more pages than I actually did and was SHOCKED when I turned the page and was at the acknowledgments.I cannot believe that ending. WHAT. WHAT?! I am way more intrigued than I was with the end of Truly Devious and I need book three immediately.
  • (4/5)
    Despite recent tragic events, Stevie still dreams of solving the Ellingham mystery... which may prove difficult, as her parents have removed her from Ellingham. When an opportunity to return comes from an unexpected source, Stevie makes a bargain she may come to regret.I’m not sure what I think about this book, or what I can say that won’t constitute a spoiler. The mystery is not solved (for the reader, at least) at the end of the book, but it felt to me like it was very close. I was wishing for another 30 pages, but instead we get to wait for another book. This book shares the strengths of its predecessor, particularly in characterization and setting. I’d probably recommend reading the entire trilogy once the final book comes out, as I was wishing I had done a reread of the first before diving into this one. A good read, but with a rather frustrating ending.
  • (5/5)
    This is the middle part of the Truly Devious trilogy. It answers some questions and raises quite a few more.When the story begins Stevie is back home in Pittsburgh and willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham. She misses her freedom and her friends and, most of all, the chance to solve the Truly Devious case. But being willing to do anything means that she will have to take a favor from Senator Edward King, a man she despises and a man who is her new friend David's father.She agrees to keep an eye on David who is an accident ready to happen and to not tell him that her return had anything to do with his father. She comes back to a campus dealing with the loss of one student and the disappearance of another. Both of them were also residents of Minerva along with Stevie, David, Nate who gained fame for writing a book as a teenager and who is struggling with writing a second book, and Janelle who is a mechanical genius. Things seem to be working in Stevie's favor when she is hired as a research assistant to Dr. Fenton who is working on a new book about the Ellingham kidnapping case. But Fenton, as she prefers to be called, is a confusing character - alcoholic and paranoid - who claims to have new information that will help solve the case. The story also has flashbacks to 1936 when the kidnapping happened which introduce us to Francis Josephine Crane and Edward Pierce Davenport. Frankie and Eddie want to be like Bonnie and Clyde. Frankie has a fascination with explosives and crime and Eddie is a bad poet. We learn their role in the kidnapping. We also see in flashbacks more about Mr. Ellingham and a codicil to his will that was hidden by his secretary after his death. Fenton seems to have found about about the codicil and that information aids Stevie's investigation.This was a wonderfully plotted and twisty story with a mystery in the past and mysteries in the present too. I loved Stevie who deals with anxiety and has a dogged determination to solve the Ellingham case. I can't wait for the next book. I have so many questions!
  • (4/5)
    When Stevie Bell is finally able to return to Ellingham Academy after identifying the culprit in the murder of a classmate, she begins to wonder if the case was really resolved and attempts to uncover the truth about the school's founder.
  • (5/5)
    This book is ? but I definitely noticed Kate Rudd's beautiful voice in this book (and the last)! I wish all my books were read by her!
  • (1/5)

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    One simple kidnapping/murder mystery dragged out into three books. Boring! Also the author promotes HATE toward anybody who has different opinions from you.

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