Blog Tour: The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (Review + Giveaway!)

Posted June 18, 2021 by Kaity in Book Review, Book Tours, Giveaways, Reviews / 1 Comment

Blog Tour: The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (Review + Giveaway!)

Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for THE BOX IN THE WOODS by Maureen Johnson! I’m so ridiculously happy to share my review with all of you today, plus you can follow the rest of the tour and enter the giveaway to win a print copy! And now without any further ado, let’s get to the review!

I received this book for free from Turn the Page Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (Review + Giveaway!)The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
Series: Truly Devious #4
Published on June 15, 2021 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Alternate History, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Neurodivergent, Queer, Romance, Thriller, YA
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Turn the Page Tours
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Author Links: Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram

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.

did i like it?

I love this book so much! Stevie Bell is one of my favorite characters and my second favorite narrator of all time! (my first favorite is Percy Jackson)

favorite character?


Why did i read it?

so last year I listened to the first three books in the Truly Devious series, and then when I found out there was a new one coming out I had to read it right away!

will i re-read it?

almost certainly!

three words to describe the book

murder mystery, suspense, WHAT


  • cute and fluffy with a side of murder
  • camping gone wrong
  • hey wait what there are prequels to this???

goodreads review

Okay, so you know when you have crazy, that could never actually be the solution, ideas? And then somehow … that’s what happens? Because I cannot get over the fact that my crazy idea ended up being (somewhat) correct!

finally a Truly Devious cover that’s purple without me having to photoshop it!!!! I love love love the twisty red and purple and I think it fits everything perfectly!

9.8/10 stars!!!

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About Maureen Johnson

I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Many people claim this, but in my case it is true. I was born in a hospital that no longer exists! Well, it exists, but in a different building. They tore down the building I was born in and now it is just a smoldering hole in the ground! (Or a Subway or something. I don’t know. I don’t just hang around where I was born. I was born and I just got on with it! I never looked back! I URGE YOU TO DO THE SAME.)
I was an only child, which means that I know how to play Candyland by myself. I was always one of those reading and writing kids. After a little dalliance with astronomy (I had a glow in the dark star chart) and archaeology (I had a little shovel), I declared my intention to become a writer at the age of eight or nine or so. “I shall be a writer,” I said. “And I will develop no other skills to ensure I have no back up plan!”
I graduated from the University of Delaware, home of the Fighting Blue Hens. I was a writing major, but I spent most of my time working on shows. After college, I became the literary manager of a wonderful (but now defunct) Philadelphia theater company. Soon after that, I moved to New York to study theatrical dramaturgy and writing at Columbia University School of the Arts. As a graduate student, I held at least a dozen different jobs to pay my way through school. These included: working in a haunted house theme restaurant, being a fake employee for a company to make it look like more people worked there than actually did, and working on a show in Las Vegas that had live tigers and malfunctioning smoke machines in the same enclosed area. I was also an editor. I spend most of my time writing books.

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