Hello Ink Drinkers and welcome to my first book tour of 2023! Today we are looking at the newest installment of the Truly Devious Series by Maureen Johnson, Nine Liars. It’s available now at all major retailers. I want to thank Turn the Page Tours for the opportunity to be a part of this tour!
Senior year at Ellingham Academy for Stevie Bell isn’t going well. Her boyfriend, David, is studying in London. Her friends are obsessed with college applications. With the cold case of the century solved, Stevie is adrift. There is nothing to distract her from the questions pinging around her brain—questions about college, love, and life in general.
Relief comes when David invites Stevie and her friends to join him for study abroad, and his new friend Izzy introduces her to a double-murder cold case. In 1995, nine friends from Cambridge University went to a country house and played a drunken game of hide-and-seek. Two were found in the woodshed the next day, murdered with an ax.
The case was assumed to be a burglary gone wrong, but one of the remaining seven saw something she can’t explain. This was no break-in. Someone’s lying about what happened in the woodshed.
Seven suspects. Two murders. One killer still playing a deadly game.
Ok. So I loved the mystery, it got me hooked from page one. This book has the best mystery aspect from the entire series. The teenage drama I could have lived without.
Firstly, the mystery. Ok.. the way everything lined up so perfectly? How the mystery is what kept me turning the pages and how every time I thought I knew what was going on only to be left confused again? Absolutely loved it. The flashbacks to the original 9 and their ups and downs, as well as everything in-between. This could’ve just been their story. The flashbacks I believe saved this book.
Now, Stevie and David… just why? Why are they still an item at this point? David is the asshole we all love to hate and his consistency is absolutely aw inspiring. I think I understand what Stevie sees in him. The toxic energy he brings to their relationships is beyond extra. Now the real question is “Is this the end of Stevie and David?” Because that ending was just… wow.
Overall, even though this book I feel does nothing but leave move questions than answers for our “beloved” duo, it was a pretty good advancement to Stevie’s detective career. S