The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Before you read on! I recommend you read my review of book one. For some reason I forgot to review book two (but I loved it).
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IT’S TIME TO REREAD THIS TRILOGY OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I loved this series so much!
Before reading this series, I hated murder mysteries. I thought they were for old ladies. And albeit, during the first book, I felt like it was still a bit granny-ish for me. HOWEVER — as the Ellingham mystery unfolded then refolded and then got tangled with the present, I was hooked.
The Hand on the Wall was the perfect, most fitting ending for a YA mystery. You see, in Book 2, we already found out the fates of all of the Ellinghams, including how each of them died. So that wasn’t the focus anymore: it was WHY (motive)? Why why why…
It was tragic and painful and I wish I could insert myself into the world and tel Albert the truth. But of course, hindsight (/dramatic irony) is bliss.
Stevie was phenomenal as ever, and I deeply relate to her anxious copings. I was sad that David didn’t make an appearance until late in the story, when the snow storm occurs. I think my favourite character in this instalment was Hunter. He seemed so ‘normal’ compared to all these brainiacs lol.
This book was so good. I really want to reread the series all over again, to pick up on clues that I missed.
This book has left me feeling very content. I love this series. It’s going straight onto my favourites shelf– and I shall be buying the hardbacks for all three very soon. I feel like I just received a 10 hour hug.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CONSUME THIS TRILOGY AS THE AUDIOBOOKS. They were beautifully produced!
I don’t really have much else to say, as I don’t want to spoil a single thing. This is the crucial ending of the double – triple – quadruple – quintuple murder.
I. LOVED. IT.
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