Review: The Madness Underneath – Shades of London 2
Sunday August 28, 2016 at 11:05 pm |

themadnessunderneath-mjPublisher: Speak
Published: December 10, 2013
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 304
Form: Paperback
Series: Shades of London (2)
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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.

My Thoughts


This book was a major disappointment for me.  I really liked the first book in this series but The Madness Underneath just does not measure up.

Rory Deveaux goes back to school after surviving an attack by London’s new Jack the Ripper.  But ever since Rory’s ordeal she has had the ability to dispel ghosts, making her the only weapon left.  She is anxious to rejoin her ghost hunting friends but Stephen thinks it’s best to keep her at arms length.  In the meantime, she’s fallen way behind in school and is in real danger of being kicked out.  The first 300 or so pages of this book is a big waste of time and words because nothing is happening except for Rory feeling sorry for herself, whining about being way behind in her classes, yet doing absolutely NOTHING to rectify it.

After that the plot kicks in but seems unplanned and not very well thought out.  It was actually quite silly and ridiculous and I know Miss Johnson can do better.  If I find the next book in the series somewhere cheap, I may read it.  Otherwise, I think I’m done with this series.

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2 Responses to “Review: The Madness Underneath – Shades of London 2”

  1. Lekeisha says:

    The Name of the Star is one of those books that sat on my shelf for years, until I donated it to the library. I just completely lost interest in this series. Sorry this sequel doesn’t live up to the first book.

    • Jade Jade says:

      I have books like that too Lakeisha. After a while you just realize it’s not gonna happen so might as well sell it, give it away, or donate it!