The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson Review

I wrapped up 2012 with a bunch of ARCs from It’s time to start writing some reviews! In short, I got some great stuff! Up next:


The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson
HarperCollins Children’s Books
February 26, 2013
352 pgs.

*Contains spoilers for Book 1*

The Madness Underneath picks up right where The Name of the Star left off. Rory, an American teen living in London, is recovering from her near-death experience at the hand of a malevolent ghost. Despite her misgivings and her parents’ protests, it is time for Rory to head back to school, face the scene of the crime, and try to get back to normal. Of course, that is easier said than done. Something about Rory’s “gift” has changed and she doesn’t know how to explain or even accept it. Her attempts to reach out to the crew of the top-secret ghost-hunting police unit are met with dead ends. That is, until a series of unexplained murders occur near the Wexford campus. It seems that ghostly occurrences have become the new norm for Rory. Nothing is easy for her as she struggles with her classes and her relationships, tries to figure out who she can trust and how to manage her new ability, and once again keep herself alive.

Buckle up, because this is another wild ride with the quirky and loveable Rory Deveaux. Rory is still her charming, witty self, but she is notably and realistically changed by her experience with The Ripper. She struggles with her abilities, her feelings, her relationships and her classes and it all threatens to break her. Her trust is betrayed and she makes bad decisions, but in the end she learns what it means to be a friend and to have true friends. Be warned, the cliffhanger ending of book one is nothing compared to the doozie of an ending we are left with in this one. Holy Moley, I did not see that coming and book 3 cannot come soon enough. Well played Ms. Johnson. Well played. I am completely hooked.

You may also like Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender, Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore, and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

Happy Reading!


3 responses to “The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson Review

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  3. I’ve seen this title in a few posts and a number of lists of great books, so I was curious about it, but I’d yet to read a review. Sounds like an interesting premise. I’ll have to check out the first book, The Name of the Star. Although, maybe I should wait until the 3rd book is out–I hate cliffhangers!

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