5 stars · fiction · paranormal · series · young adult

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

The Madness Underneath

Shades of London #2
Book 1: The Name of the Star

author : maureen johnson

pages : [hardcover] 290

memorable quote:  Don’t get stabbed. It makes everything awkward.

favorite characters : steven &  rory

summary :

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

review :

I’ve always really loved stories with ghosts. Creepy, silly, mysterious, it didn’t matter, so long as there was a strong plot and characters to love. Ever since I read The Name of the Star, the first book in this series, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the sequel. I went into book one not even knowing much about the story; in book two I was familiar with the characters and tried to anticipate where the book was going to go. While it took a direction I never anticipated, I enjoyed it even though it didn’t hold as much action and excitement as I thought that the first book did.

The Madness Underneath doesn’t start too long after the first book left off. Her family is understandably worried about her safety and now Rory is worried that she’ll need to go back home and won’t be with her new friends and the people she can talk to about her major secret. While it becomes obvious, to me at least, who the major villain will be in this book and it’s only a matter of time until true colors are revealed, there were several smaller plot twists along the way.

I wish there’d be more of her ghost-busting friends in the book! I just love those guys, especially Steven, and wanted to get to see more of them. Except for the anxiety that gave Rory when she later thought about how she was going to fail out of school. Um, of course you are, when you haven’t done your work for months. Should’ve expected that one.

All in all I thought that this was an interesting, rather quick read that didn’t really get to me until the end. Oh, that ending.

And now I know I definitely need my hands on the next book like yesterday. Please have it come out soon . . even if there isn’t even a set release date yet.

I’d recommend this book if you like books with paranormal elements, mysteries, or wonderful characters.

5/5 stars

If you like this book, you might also like Absent or The Mediator!


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