It was only after finishing the last page that I fully remembered the first book in this series, Truly Devious.
Yes, it was a book that barreled to the end, full of twists and turns and surprises. Yes, it was in a nice, perfect kind of closed setting – a boarding school with a past and many, many secrets and even some tunnels. Yes, the detective in question was a quirky and super smart young woman. All of these things I like.
But the ending. The ending annoyed me, because I was going to have to wait for a sequel, this sequel. And I am not going to do the research to figure out if that ending also annoyed me in the same way this one did, perhaps because it sped along, full force, until it just stopped. Ended. Many things left unexplained. A lot of questions to wonder about.
So here we are. I’m super annoyed. Loose strings everywhere and no answers in sight for far too long. Grrr.
If you haven’t read the first one, read it. But maybe wait until the whole series is out there in the world, because if you don’t, you’ll be like me. And while I am undeniably fabulous and wonderful on most days, I am also a wee bit grumpy right now. Avoid that, my friends.
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson