Release Date: February 26, 2013
Series: Shades of London #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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. 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.
You guys, I loooved The Name of the Star. Loved. I went into it not expecting much and then I was floored by all the creepiness and quirk. I’ve been anxious for the follow-up ever since then. I was curious how Rory’s story was going to continue since the first book revolved so heavily on a mystery that was solved. What I found in The Madness Underneath was a story lacking the same oomph that its predecessor had.
My initial problem with The Madness Underneath was the pacing. It was slow. I’m kind of distracted and short on reading time these days so I need something to suck me in fast and make me want to sit down and read. This one didn’t do that. It took about half the book for the murder mystery to kick in and even that wasn’t super captivating. Then there was this other weird side story that just seemed out of place to me. Rory was making decisions that just didn’t seem to fit.
Thankfully, the same wit and charm that was in the first book is still present here. That was really what kept me entertained. That and Stephen. I really like Stephen. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed with The Madness Underneath. The ending only validated that opinion. I’m just hoping that this was a case of middle book syndrome or maybe that The Name of the Star was just really hard to follow. I’ll still give the next book a chance. Hopefully it will have that same magic as the first one.