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The Box In The Woods Review

The Box In The Woods (Truly Devious #4)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: June 15th 2021

When it comes to YA mystery thriller, I consider this genre as my least favorite genre. I hate all the books I have read in this genre. However, the only books that didn’t disappoint me is the Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson.

The Truly Devious trilogy is not perfect. The reason I love this series because it got me completely hooked and the mystery thriller part was decently done. And hence, The Box In The Woods was an anticipated book for me! And it did not disappoint.

The Box In The Woods is the 4th standalone book in the Truly Devious series. This book is not related to the Truly Devious series but I would suggest reading the trilogy before so that you can get familiar with the characters.

Goodreads Synopsis of The Box In The Woods

The Truly Devious series continues as Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery.

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.

My Thoughts on The Box In The Woods

This book was such a delight to read! Completely gripping and left me at the edge of my seat!

I loved many things about this book:

  • First of all, this book is very atmospheric. It’s set in a summer camp and I loved the setting and all the descriptions of the camp.
  • David was a total upgrade. I loved how he changed and turned into a caring boyfriend to Stevie.
  • I love how Stevie is a true crime fanatic, just like me. I feel I can relate to Stevie! Granted I am not as clever as she, but we both love true crime and are fascinated by the solved and unsolved real-life crime cases.
  • This book was very Agatha Christie-esque. The fact that this book is set in a small town and Stevie gathered everyone in the end to do the reveal and see the shock on the perpetrator’s face- that’s Agatha Christie stuff. I loved it!
  • As always, I was completely hooked and invested in the story.

However, the reveal was a tad unsatisfactory and hence I had to reduce one star. Other than the reveal, everything about this book was amazing. It was a perfect summer book in my opinion as this was based on a summer camp. I will highly recommend this book and the series.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Please leave a comment if you have read this book or if this book is in your tbr! Thanks for reading this review.

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