Mini Reviews ~ The Vanishing Stair & Black in White

Posted March 5, 2019 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Mini Reviews ~ The Vanishing Stair & Black in WhiteThe Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 22, 2019
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Library

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All Stevie Bell wanted was to find the key to the Ellingham mystery, but instead she found her classmate dead. And while she solved that murder, the crimes of the past are still waiting in the dark. Just as Stevie feels she’s on the cusp of putting it together, her parents pull her out of Ellingham academy.
For her own safety they say. She must move past this obsession with crime. Now that Stevie’s away from the school of topiaries and secret tunnels, and her strange and endearing friends, she begins to feel disconnected from the rest of the world. At least she won’t have to see David anymore. David, who she kissed. David, who lied to her about his identity—son of despised politician Edward King. Then King himself arrives at her house to offer a deal: He will bring Stevie back to Ellingham immediately. In return, she must play nice with David. King is in the midst of a campaign and can’t afford his son stirring up trouble. If Stevie’s at school, David will stay put.
The tantalizing riddles behind the Ellingham murders are still waiting to be unraveled, and Stevie knows she’s so close. But the path to the truth has more twists and turns than she can imagine—and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for. In New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson’s second novel of the Truly Devious series, nothing is free, and someone will pay for the truth with their life.

Also by this author: Truly Devious, The Hand on the Wall

This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and even though I did enjoy it I was slightly disappointed as well.

It picks up pretty much where the last one left off as Stevie has been taken out of Ellingham Academy due to things that happened in the previous book. That doesn’t last long when a certain man who I don’t want to say to spoil anything brings her back.

It’s really hard to talk about this book without spoilers so I am just going to be quick about things. Stevie starts back up her look into the 30 year old murder of what happened at Ellingham while trying to figure out what happened to another classmate. Things are getting good then cliffhanger!!!

So I enjoyed this one but it really just felt like the first one with slightly different information and I was very upset with the cliffhanger and felt that this could have easily been a duology instead of a trilogy. I still loved the characters and I am still curious to find out whodunit but not as eager I was before. Not sure I like what the author did to David but maybe things will change in the next book.

Overall it was just okay.

Mini Reviews ~ The Vanishing Stair & Black in White

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Black In White by J.C. Andrijeski
Length: 8 hours and 13 minutes
Genres: Paranormal, Mystery
Published by White Sun Press on September 8, 2015
Pages: 280
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Dara Rosenberg
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"My name is Black. Quentin Black..."
Gifted with an uncanny sense about people, psychologist Miri Fox works as an off and on profiler for the police. So when they think they've finally nailed the "Wedding Killer," she agrees to check him out, using her gift to discover the truth.
But the suspect, Quentin Black, isn't anything like Miri expects. He claims to be hunting the killer too and the longer Miri talks to him, the more determined she becomes to uncover his secrets.
When he confronts her about the nature of her peculiar "insight," Miri gets pulled into Black's bizarre world and embroiled in a game of cat and mouse with a deadly killer--who still might be Black himself. Worse, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Black, a complication she doesn't need with a best friend who's a homicide cop and a boyfriend in intelligence.
Can Miriam see a way out or is her future covered in Black?
A paranormal mystery romance, introducing brilliant, dangerous, and otherworldly psychic detective, Quentin Black.

Miri Fox has an uncanny ability to read people which comes in handy in her line of work but when a suspect turns up who is different it throughs her whole world upside down.

Quentin Black, the suspect in a series of murders is not anything Miri has known before because he seems be be able to talk to her in her mind. He also keeps claiming that she is like him, but what exactly is that and then they end up working together to figure things out. This is all against the police that are very unhappy with what is going on. Black says the killer is one of their kind but Miri is still not sure what he is talking about, she knows she is different but what does he mean by their kind. More curious than anything is the reason she somewhat teams up with him.

I thought this was a pretty decent start to a series and I am curious to see where it goes. I liked both Miri and Black and I am curious to see what happens with them and their working together.

Overall, I thought it was a decent read.

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