• The Box in the Woods

  • Truly Devious, Book 4
  • By: Maureen Johnson
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (657 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times best-selling author Maureen Johnson.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls - the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.

* Cosmopolitan Best YA Books of 2021 * People Magazine Best Books of Summer 2021*

©2021 Maureen Johnson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Underwhelming

I’ve loved this series since book 1 but this one was a letdown in both plot and character development.

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Maureen Johnson does it again

Truly devious was one of my favorite ya crime mystery and being able to follow Stevie while she solves this one was amazing. The ending was so unexpected and the story just takes fo a ride. Ladies and gents, we have our modern Nancy drew. Hope you write more of Stevie Maureen!

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Utterly Enjoyable

Couldn't stop listening until it was over, a great stand alone mystery in the Truly Devious franchise, highly recommend!

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BEST BOOK EVER!!!

This book is one of my favorite! The ending is something I would’ve NEVER guessed and the main character is likable!! If I could I would rate this book a ♾️/10

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Fun from beginning to end!

It’s starts you right in the action and it keeps going all the way to a surprising but logical conclusion. Well written and a great ride. Wonderful narration.

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Love the Ellingham kids in summer 😍

Such a creative way to have the crew spend their summer! Loved the dynamics and further development of characters. I hope there are more books coming!

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No moose this time - only snakes

as always, Stevie finds herself in the middle of a mess - and loves it. And brings her friends along for good measure. The Box in the Woods was great, not quite as riveting as the original trilogy in terms of storyline but still really great. I will never get enough of Nate, and I really would love more stories about Stevie and the gang in the future (thanks in advance, Maureen). And the narration was spot on as always, which just adds to the story even more.

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Camping with Truly Devious detective Stevie

This was another great entry in the Truly Devious series, even though the original murders were solved. I hope Maureen Johnson finds more locations for Stevie and friends to gather, narrowly escape death, and solve crimes.

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Fun and clever YA mystery.

I guffawed a few times and was compelled to finish all. Loved Stevie in the Truly Devious series ( finished the books in a week), and this felt like a perfect dessert.

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Another great mystery

So good! I loved the first three books and was worried that the change in scenery might make the story less interesting. On the contrary, the new crime and cast of characters, along with the twists and turns, made the book fascinating. Great performance again.

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  • 06-14-22

Not as good as the other one was

This was a good book and kept you listening/reading, and it was nice revisiting the characters, but I feel like the book seemed a bit unfinished. I think maybe bc it was so much shorter than the trilogy (lol duh) that I was expecting more oomph. It was still enjoyable, but seemed a bit more random. I also wanted a bit more time spent with the characters. It was narrated well though!