Fantasy, mystery, paranormal, young adult

Book Review: The Madness Underneath by Marueen Johnson

Title: The Madness Underneath
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Length: 384, Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, fantasy, mystery
Rating: 4 Folded Pages

Warning!!: Spoiler for the first book in the blurb. Read at your own risk.

To see my review of the first book in the Shade Series click here.

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.

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.

The Name of the Star (the first book in this series) has recently gotten the coveted 5 folded pages from me and I think The Madness Underneath is a pretty solid follow up. I definitely wasn’t expecting most of what happened in the novel.

Once again, Rory completely charms me with her wit and ability to handle what comes at her. I love that we see her struggle with what happened to her and Maureen Johnson does an amazing job at representing and showing mental illness in this novel without all the stigma usually attached.

I can’t talk too much on other points without giving away important details of the first book or this book. But I didn’t really know what to expect from this novel and I definitely didn’t expect what happened in both good and bad ways (bad only because it ripped my heart out).

I do think the novel felt a little disjointed at times and I wasn’t quite sure of the point here and there but I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing it in two days. It kind of felt like a novella that would tie the third book to the first book but I enjoyed that.

I’ve already started the third book in the series and honestly I’m still loving the world (not unlike our own but it has differences) that Johnson has built.

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