Book Review: The Madness Underneath

The Madness Underneath CoverBook: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Published February 2013 by Penguin Group|Pages: 304

Where I Got It: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Shades Of London #2

Genre: YA Paranormal

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Goodreads 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.

The Madness Underneath is a really good follow-up to The Name Of The Star.  I really liked seeing Rory deal with what happened in The Name Of The Star.  All of these things have happened to her, and she can’t talk about it, because what really went down needs to stay secret.  That would majorly suck, to have to lie about what really happened with the Jack The Ripper stuff.  And she’s in Bristol, away from her friends, until they pull some strings to have her return to Wexford because Rory is the only terminus the team has.

As much as I liked The Madness Underneath, which was a lot, it didn’t have the same appeal that The Name Of The Star had.  There are still creepy things going on, and ghosts and other people who have the same abilities that Rory does.  That mysterious group was totally creepy, and they’re definitely up to something.  It is nice to see that there are other people who can see ghosts, but…why are only a select few part of the Shades?  You’d think that there would be more than a handful but maybe there’s a process or something and only a few make it.

Rory leaving school in The Name Of The Star in a big way and then returning to Wexford just so she could heal…I guess it’s understandable but also sort of boring.  I think I was expecting more to happen and for me, not a lot did.  Actually, The Madness Underneath felt like set-up for the next one, and I’m not quite sure where things are going.  I’m not sure what I was expecting for The Madness Underneath, but I’m pretty sure that this wasn’t it.

I’m really curious as to where things are going.  Partly because Rory can get rid of ghosts just by TOUCHING THEM, and with this new group of people who can see ghosts and are probably up to no good.  And with certain developments where Stephen is concerned…I really want to know what happens next!

A lot of the other characters weren’t as interesting as they were before, and it’s because The Madness Underneath focuses on Rory and her recovery from almost getting killed by a ghost.  I’m not terribly surprised by her relationship with Stephen, which was actually something I was hoping for…and then the ending happened, and that’s going to put a damper on things.  It’s rather unfortunate for both Rory and Stephen, and I’m really wondering what the fall-out will be.

Final Thoughts:

I really liked The Madness Underneath, and found Rory being a human terminus really interesting.  I’m not sure where things are headed, and even though I was expecting something different, I find myself wanting to know what happens next.  The Madness Underneath gets 4 stars.

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