The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Also by this author: Truly Devious, The Shadow Cabinet
Series: Shades of London #2
Also in this series: The Shadow Cabinet
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Read in: February 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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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.
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. - via GoodReads
If it’s possible I think I liked this The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson better than the The Name of the Star! I decided that I wanted to finish this series before moving on with the Truly Devious series and I’m really happy with my decision!
Johnson really expands on the possibilities of the first book and then layers in more mysteries. I didn’t think that was even possible! She takes the things that we learned in The Name of the Star and then gives us more details to realize the full potential of what’s happening. I really liked that Rory spent most of the book learning more about the history of the sight and more about what that will mean in her day to day life.
In The Name of the Star Rory’s just learning about what has happened to her and how a very select group of people use that ability. In The Madness Underneath she’s learning a bit more about what this actually means and even goes into how this might affect the rest of her life. I think Rory’s character developed pretty nicely due to the reflection and knowledge she gains in this book.
I actually really missed a lot of the secondary characters from Wexford. Jazza, Jerome, Alister, and even Charlotte only received maybe 20 pages or so. I do understand that Rory’s life has grown past that stage. Perhaps we’re meant to feel that as I’m sure Rory is too. I’m hoping they’ll make more of an appearance in The Shadow Cabinet.
I’m beginning to learn that Maureen Johnson is the queen of cliffhanger endings. I immediately wanted to go find my copy of the last book and just dive right in. I know myself better than that though. It is not worth risking burn out so I am going to force myself to read a book or two between them. She has tempted me though!
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- 2019 GoodReads