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Thursday, March 21, 2013

REVIEW: The Madness Underneath, by Maureen Johnson

The Madness Underneath

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 sequal to Johnson's The Name of the Star is good....but not as good as the first book in the series.

Rory is "home" recovering after the events of the first book. And it takes a while to get past that part. Plus, "something" has happened to change her--literally--and you really have to have read the first book to catch on. (And recently read it, probably, since I didn't remember what had happened.)

The first book had more ghost-y stuff. This one had some significant scenes, but really didn't further that story line just a whole lot. There was, of course, a paranormal mystery, but it was centered more on humans who were caught up in the paranormal.

Rory is more developed, but still a bit immature. Stephen (the not-so-paranormal mystery character in the first book) is given a back story, that explains his nature a lot. The other members of the team don't get much play in this book, just enough to remind you they are there.

This felt less like a continuation of a story and more like a "check-in with the characters" book. It's not bad, it just left me wanting. There is a great cliff hanger though, and zero doubt that there will be a third installment.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Penguin Young Readers Group through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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