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Review: Truly Devious

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK:
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

CHARACTERS/DYNAMICS:
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.

PLOT:
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.

STRUCTURE:
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.

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

THE ENDING:
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.

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

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