Guest Review by Kari
Copy sent for review, but all opinions are our own
Review: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson is the second book in the Shades of London series. This book is the sequel to The Name of the Star and continues to follow Rory Deveaux after her experience with the Ripper. The book begins with Rory recovering in Bristol with her parents and it shows her going to a therapist, who she is not allowed to talk to. Before she left London, she was told that she could not have contact with the Shades, the secret ghost fighting police, ever again. She even had to agree to never speak of them. This left her alone trying to deal with her ability to see ghosts and her new ability to destroy them with one touch. It isn’t long though before she gets sent back to Wexford, her boarding school in London.Rory may have helped get rid of the Ripper, but her fight with him is still affecting her. When Rory gets back to school, she struggles with classes and with her relationship with her boyfriend, Jerome. To make matters worse, Rory soon learns about a murder in a pub close to her school. She starts to get a theory that her struggle with the Ripper may have released previously trapped ghosts. The only good thing about her return is that she is contacted by the Shades and they tell her they know about her new ability to destroy ghosts.
The book follows Rory as she and the Shades search for the truth behind the murder at the pub. It also allows the reader to see Rory’s struggle with getting back to her routine before the Ripper. Her experience really changed her. Her challenges in the last book cause her to make some questionable decisions which may just lead her and the Shades into dangerous situations.
Johnson’s second book in the series is definitely worth reading. It isn’t as fast paced as the first, but it is still a great story. The author’s ending makes the reader wish the third book was already out. There is something about these characters that make you wish you knew them. I promise that once you read the first two books in the series, you will be hooked!