Where do you look for someone who's never really there?
The Truly Devious case-an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936-has consumed Stevie Bell for years. It's the very reason she came to the academy. But then her classmate Hayes Major was murdered, and though she identified his killer, her parents quickly pull her out of school. For her safety, they say.
Stevie's willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, be with her friends, and solve the case. Even if it means making a deal with the despicable Senator Edward King. And when Stevie finally returns, she also returns to David: the guy she kissed, the guy she's conflicted about at all times, and the guy who lied about his identity-Edward King's son. But larger issues are at play. Was Hayes's death really solved Where did his murderer hide away to What's the meaning of the riddle Albert Ellingham left behind And what, exactly, is at stake in the Truly Devious affair
The Ellingham case isn't just a piece of history-it's a live wire into the present. The path to the truth has more twists and turns than Stevie can imagine, and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for. In New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson's second novel in the Truly Devious series, someone will pay for the truth with their life.