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.
Stevie Bell did it again!
Not a dull moment, never a slip, and definitely no loopholes. This standalone ya fantasy based in the world of Truly Devious blooms into existence with a bang and when it leaves, it leaves an imprint deep enough to last days.
We are welcomed with the familiar mystery of Truly Devious and then it takes us into a ride that messes with our hair, our bones and eventually, our minds. Stevie gives me major Nancy Drew vibes. Her flair for solving crimes, her leadership qualities, and literally everything about her is inspiring. She could hands down be the role model of teenagers.
This book is a YA thriller abundant in mystery and intrigue, would definitely not disappoint you. And the best part is, it’s a standalone. One doesn’t necessarily have to read the TRULY DEVIOUS Trilogy to get a hang of this one.