The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson – Book and Audio Review

Hello fellow book nerds!

I started the Truly Devious series a little bit ago as a buddy read with some of my best friends! While we wanted to do this last book together, we’ve been doing it on our own.

So, I finally got down to reading it and I loved it so much! I also needed a Kate Rudd narration so it was perfect.

So, let’s dive right in!

NOTE: If you have not read the first two books there will be spoilers. The review for The Hand on the Wall is spoiler free itself, as always.

You can read my review on the first two books here:

Truly Devious – Book Review

The Vanishing Stair – Book Review

Happy Reading!

The Hand on the Wall


Maureen Johnson

5 out of 5 stars


Taken from Goodreads

Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.


Okay, wow. I finished this story so fast because I loved it so much. I absolutely loved the first book, the second one was good but I didn’t think it was as good as the first. That’s probably why it took me a little bit to pick up this one but it was such a great day to end the chapter. The pacing was so fantastically done and I’ve come to love the back and forth between the timelines. Reading about how Stevie was putting the clues together was so much fun. I sort of figured out who was responsible for the “accidents” happening at the school, but I had no idea about the reasoning behind it. One of the reasons I love mysteries is seeing how everything unfolds and this novel does it fantastically. I enjoyed everything.

I absolutely love these characters. Stevie is just amazing. I love how her mind works and how she put everything together. All of the other characters were so good also. They all fit so well with this story. I think one of my favorite things was Stevie and David’s relationship. It was so not perfect that it was. I honestly feel like it just worked and really added to the craziness of the stories. There was so much that blended well and I just couldn’t have asked for better characters for this book. Fantastically done.

Final Thoughts

Overall, The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson is such a fantastic end to this chapter on Stevie Bell. I absolutely loved the way the story ended and the pacing was fantastic. This little family that has formed at Ellingham is seriously amazing. Each character really brings something to the story and it all works. I highly recommend this whole series for anyone who likes mystery novels with unforgettable characters.

Audio Review

NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book

If you don’t know by now or this is the first audio review you have read by me – Kate Rudd is my absolute favorite narrator. So, if you are thinking of doing this is audio, I highly recommend it.

Links to Purchase

Amazon – supports The Tiny Bookstore

Black Indie Owned Bookstores

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