Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

Truly Devious is a mesmerizing mystery (1) tucked inside another mystery (2).

(1) 1936: The eccentric, rich founder of elite boarding school Ellingham Academy faces the tragic kidnapping of his wife and daughter by someone who refers to him or herself as “Truly Devious.” Despite a thorough investigation, this becomes one of the greatest unsolved crimes of American history.

(2) Present day: A teenage true-crime aficionado attends Ellingham and attempts to solve this cold case that is getting disturbingly warmer—and not all of her classmates will make it out alive.

Between the decades-old cold case and the fascinating atmosphere of precocious, self-driven teens living at such a remote boarding school, I was utterly captivated by this tangled tale. My biggest complaint is that just when one tangle begins to straighten out, the book abruptly ends and Maureen Johnson insists on keeping the sequel from us until next year!

Please don’t try to contact me on January 22, 2019. I’m going to be very busy that day.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC JOHNSON)

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