Title: The Madness Underneath
Series: Shades of London #2
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Published Date: February 26th 2013
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery
Page Count: 290
My Rating: ★ ★ ★
After her near-fatal
run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux 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.
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
“After that, I felt like I had two lives. There was the me I had
been before the attack, the one people knew and wanted to relate to. The
one people wanted to comfort and fix. And there was another me, a
hidden me that no one ever saw. There was a me who had tasted death.
That me knew things others people didn't know.”
This book to me was a slight disappointment compared to the
first one. While I knew it most likely wasn't going to have a huge
ongoing case like the first book did, I guess I was just hoping for more
crime fighting. I did love the book it was just a little to all over
the place. Things did pull together in the end for the cases but there
were still alot of loose strings. Strings that I have a feeling we wont
get tied up in the third book.
I really did love though how Rory
struggled with everything and didn't just bounce back like alot of
protagnist do. It was refreshing to see her have trouble in school and
with her relationships after being stabbed.
I will be reading the
third book though due to the fact that I love the way Maureen keeps
holding my interest in the characters and whats happening in the series.