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The Vanishing Stair

Truly Devious Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Series: Truly Devious, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (393 ratings)

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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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Critic Reviews

“The Agatha Christie-like ecosystem pairs with lacerating contemporary wit, and alternating past and present scenes makes for a multilayered, modern detective story.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Remember the first time reading Harry Potter and knowing it was special? There’s that same sense of magic in the introduction of teen Sherlock-in-training Stevie Bell.” (USA Today, four stars)

“Be still, my Agatha-Christie-loving beating heart.” (Bustle)

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Don’t read this one yet!

Major cliffhanger. Continuation of book 1. Equally as good or better than book 1 BUT I wish I had waited until the full series is published before listening. There is no resolution. You are given some answers but even more questions. Then the book just stops! The end almost felt mid-chapter much less mid story.

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Enjoyable but no resolution

The story is good as was the first although I don’t care for the weird flat affect the narrator has chosen to depict an anxiety disorder. I just wish that there had been more movement in the story - the first was definitely better. This time there was obvious slowing down so as to get another book out of the series

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oh my word

How exactly am I supposed to wait for the next book? This one took us on a very wild ride and I don't want to get off! Kate Rudd is fantastic as a narrator, her performance brings the text to the next level.

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This better have a sequel!

Good book but ending is terrible. I NEED to know more! When you become invested in the characters you cannot just end on that note.

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Now to wait...

A book series is the worst waiting game. I will have to re-listen before book three. I am excited to see what is in store for Stevie!!

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Can't wait for the Next

I just listened to the first and then this book w/my 14 yo and we loved it but the cliffhanger is too much. We really need to wait to find out what happens?

UGH....anyway, enjoyed the story very much. The Narrator was good--I did get used to her after a while but think this book could have done well with an ensemble group narrating as there are a lot of characters and many of the voices sounded the same.

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Bad narrator, decent mystery

I think I would have liked this book more if it weren’t for the narrator. Her male voices were just ridiculous and they all sounded exactly the same, like a jolly crazy person. Plus, her female character voices were all weird too, especially Janelle.
The book was fine, I liked the 1930s part much more than the present day parts. I don’t care about any of the present day characters, the author didn’t make anyone very likable.
I probably won’t be reading the next one when it comes out.

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The Plot Thickens!

I can't wait for the conclusion! So good! The voice actor does an awesome job as well!

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  • KK
  • 03-06-19

MJ'S BEST

I love love love this series. Been reading Maureen Johnson for a long time and this is my favorite series yet. Need her next book to come out lickedy split!

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  • Robyn
  • 07-20-19

Amazing story!

I love this series, the story is so gripping, love all the twists and turns

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-19

The cliffhanger has me in tears I need more

Absolutely amazing sequel a few points kind of dragged but oh my god I can’t believe I have to wait until next year for the next book 😭😭

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-19

amazing!

loved it. listened to it in one day! highly recommend. the narrator was amazing too