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The Madness Underneath (Paperback)

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It has been several months since Rory’s last adventure, and we find Rory in Bristol (England) on the mend from her horrific injuries inflicted by the Ripper copycat. One of her required (by her parents) recuperation appointments is with a therapist, which Rory isn’t overjoyed about, especially because she can’t actually talk about what happened to her, since the official version of that night is quite different than the true events. What really occurred is buried under so much red tape and an Official Secrets Act, Rory isn’t allowed talk about it. The silence is suffocating…. Things start to look up when out of the blue her therapist suggests Rory should return to London, Wexford and her old life. Rory leaps at the chance. She soon discovers that the Shades are the ones actually behind her return and have a keen interest in her future. They no longer have the means to dispel/destroy destructive or anguished ghosts since all their terminuses were destroyed or lost in the battle to stop the Ripper copycat. Then it is discovered that Rory is now a human terminus - meaning she is able to eliminate ghosts by simply touching them. Returning to Wexford brings home the point she has been avoiding her future is no longer a clear path lying in front of her. School no longer holds the importance it once did; passing or failing mean little. It isn’t until she meets a new therapist named Jane who helps Rory break through her silence and apathy and realize exactly where she need to be.

The Madness Underneath is the follow up to last years Edgar nominated book, The Name Of The Star. While this is a transition book it has a decent mystery which carries the book. I seriously cannot wait to see where this series goes after the cliffhanger of an ending. It does however focus mainly on Rory and the new landscape of her life, rather than on the ghosts haunting London, which was a bit of a disappointment. I would highly recommend The Name Of The Star to anyone looking for a creepy, suspenseful and atmospheric read. Once you become invested in Rory and her life, I would recommend The Madness Underneath - the ending and the events leading up to it are absolutely riveting.

— Amber


The New York Times bestseller
A new threat haunts the streets of London
Rory Deveaux has changed in ways she never could have imagined since moving to London and beginning a new life at boarding school. As if her newfound ability to see ghosts hadn t complicated her life enough, Rory's recent brush with the Jack the Ripper copycat has left her with an even more unusual and intense power. Now, a new string of inexplicable deaths is threatening London, and Rory has evidence that they are no coincidence. Something sinister is going on, and it is up to her to convince the city's secret ghost-policing squad to listen before it's too late.

About the Author

Maureen Johnson (www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com) is the author of nine young adult novels, and is contributor to two short story collections, including the "New York Times" bestselling "Let It Snow." Maureen lives in New York City."

Praise For…

A New York Times Bestseller

“Creepy, clever and ambiguous second volume in the Shades of London series . . . As always, Johnson wields words with a supple facility that keeps those pages turning. The London minutiae are utterly engaging, the villains satisfyingly weird and numerous. And there is kissing.” --Kirkus Reviews
“Rory’s internal monologue sparkles with the wit that Johnson’s fans (and most of Twitter) will recognize, which is plenty entertaining. The second half will satisfy readers’ craving for what they came for—Rory’s investigation of London’s latest ghost crimes—while laying tragic groundwork for the next book.” --Publishers Weekly

"Readers will remain on the edge of their seats. . . . Johnson’s sharp wit is ever-present, and her heroine is the perfect blend of snark and teen anxiety." --School Library Journal

Raves for Maureen Johnson and The Name of the Star, the first book in the Shades of London series
“A gorgeously written, chilling, atmospheric thriller. The streets of London have never been so sinister or so romantic.” —Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series
Johnson “turns paranormal on its head . . . realistic and creepy. A real page-turner.” —SLJ
“An unputdownable thrill ride that will leave you gasping, laughing, and dreaming of London.” —Ally Carter, New York Times bestselling author of the Gallagher Girls series and Heist Society
“Johnson proves again that she has the perfect brisk pitch for YA literature, never overplaying
(or underplaying) the various elements of tension, romance, and attitude. [A] cut above.” —Booklist
“This book made me want to give up everything, move to London, and fight ghosts.” —Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Curse Workers series
“Clever, scary, little-bit-sexy . . . . supernatural thriller. Will have readers madly eager for the next installment.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Suspenseful and utterly absorbing.” —The Horn Book

“[R]eaders looking for nonstop fun, action, and a little gore have come to the right place.”—Publisher’s Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780142427545
ISBN-10: 0142427543
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: December 10th, 2013
Pages: 290
Language: English
Series: Shades of London