The Box In The Woods
ISBN: 0063032619
EAN13: 9780063032613
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 26, 2022
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 1" H x 8" L x 5" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she's back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls--the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.

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   Classic YA Slasher
I was disappointed with her investigation of a new mystery in a whole new setting, surprisingly, I was not. This was a mix of a slasher film and teen whodunnit and worked well. This time around, David was more likable and her odd little romance came off much more endearing, too. This installment felt more breezy and casual than the first mystery, making it a quick and easy read during the summer. The ending is a kind of far-fetched, but it is not a book that takes itself too seriously, so I didn 't either. It was entertaining and that's all I care sometimes about. Even though I was not as invested, I still had fun.
 
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   I’m not sure…
I loved the homage to classic horror stories set in the 1970s at a campground, but I am not sure if that is enough to save the story for me. I kinda guessed who was part of the murders, but to me the connection they had in the left field was out of left. I mean murders have all different motives, so that this has this particular motive... I think personally I like the moment where it all falls into place, it all clicks and I really want a good mystery story to make me feel stupid for not figuring it out. There are no clues for figuring out this one. This makes it less interesting? I finished it, I think I liked it, I am just let down by the moment “A-ha I got you!”. I will say that I liked David a lot more in this one. In the Ellingham trilogy, I don 't know what David saw in Stevie's erratic behavior. This time he seemed to Stevie like a truly good boyfriend.
 
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   Sooo much Talent
This is separate from her book set “ Truly Devious ” 3, but only as engaging and enjoyable. While these books are listed as YA, I am an adult with grandchildren and live them. The stories all include some crime from the pages of the US history. Certainly hope that Stevie will continue to solve crimes. As long as Maureen writes, I buy and read.
 
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   Part of the Truly Devious series OR just a stand alone novel!!
I am so happy that there was another murder mystery for Stevie to solve and a summer getaway setting for a summer release was the perfect locale! I was happy that the gang could get back together, and I thought the new additions were developed enough that I hope readers see Carson and even Nicole again. There is a twist at the end that was really a gotcha! For me... it leaves the door open for another in the Truly DeviousEllingham Academy series! I know that my next set of students will also enjoy The Box in the Woods. Maureen Johnson thanks #netgalley for the opportunity to preview #theboxinthewoods with #netgalley. I have really enjoyed it!
 
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