Review: Truly Devious

Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I listened to this book in one day, on my commute to school. This actually brought me nightmares omg o_O. I’m not one to read murder mysteries. Also, I went into this book without reading blurb. I didn’t know WHAT I was expecting. It made for a great suspenseful read πŸ™‚

Stevie is our main protag. I’ll be brief: she was irritating but resilient. I enjoyed seeing her naivety to human relations similar to BBC Sherlock, but her personality can be summed up by a subreddit that everybody loves to hate on: I Am Very Smart.

Short, a little confusing to a newbie to the murder-mystery world, but all-in-all entertaining. I really enjoyed how Johnson wrote the flashbacks/interviews from the 1930s. You can tell how beautiful she writes, with some sort of vintage mystique over the events.

It fluctuates between the present day and the days surrounding the murder in 1936. I usually hate when stories have flashbacks, but Johnson changed her tone effectively and made it seem very old-timey. The language was spot on, without sounding Over the Top. It felt authentic which made me more invested in their story.

– Murder
– Fame
– Equality for disadvantaged youth
– Academia
– Trust

My mind is still reeling. I CAN’T BELIEVE (view spoiler) This book, by the way, ends in a cliffhanger. I was not expecting a sequel to this story, so that shocked me when it ended without a complete resolution. The other surprising thing from this story was how (view spoiler) I can’t believe I didn’t see it coming.

I’ll definitely give more murder mysteries a go, as well as Johnson.

Author: Cal's Reading Corner

HSIE teacher from Sydney, Australia.

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