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The Vanishing Stair: Truly Devious, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hip mystery sequel is expertly paced and absorbing.

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age 18+

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age 18+

Not impressed

Well this author really wants you to know she’s a far left leaning liberal. She virtue-signaled throughout the book and hit all the trendy liberal talking points. Maybe she should’ve spent a little bit more time developing a cohesive storyline that was at least mildly entertaining.
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This sequel is even better than the first at delivering layers of mystery -- in two time periods -- fascinating characters, hip dialogue, and expert pacing. Author Maureen Johnson has really hit her stride. The Shades of London series, also set in a boarding school, was really fun but didn't have this kind of polish. Johnson's most notable accomplishment is juggling crimes in two time periods and making them both seem incredibly urgent and exciting to solve. And, unlike a lot of mysteries that drag into trilogies, readers will be satisfied by the amount of crime-solving that's happened by the end of The Vanishing Stair.

Teen characters remain fantastic. Readers will fantasize about sneaking off to Vermont to room with Stevie and her eccentric friends. Mr. Ellingham doesn't come off as well. Johnson still seems to have her "Stevie" hat on when writing him. He appears more concerned with solving the mystery than mourning his lost family. It's a minor quibble in an otherwise absorbing and satisfying mystery.

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