Review: The Box in the Woods


Title: The Box in the Woods

Series: Truly Devious #4

Author: Maureen Johnson

Release Date: June 15th, 2021

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 Review: This was a fantastic addition to the series and I am so glad that the author chose to continue on after the initial trilogy! I really enjoyed seeing all the same characters again and slipping back into their stories. Stevie is one of those characters who is truly unique without it seeming like the author tried too hard. I don't want to give anything away so I'm not gonna really get into the plot but it was fantastic and if you enjoyed the first three books in the trilogy you'll definitely want to read this one!


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*