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The Madness Underneath (Hardcover)

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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


Don't miss this New York Times bestselling sequel to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR
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.

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…

Praise for THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH (Book Two in the Shades of London series):
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.”
“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.”
“Johnson’s sharp wit is ever-present, and her heroine is the perfect blend of snark and teen anxiety.”
Praise for THE NAME OF THE STAR (Book One in the Shades of London series):
Nominated for the Edgar Award!
“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
“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
“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 uses a deft hand, applying the right amount of romance and teen snarkiness to relieve the story's building tension. Departing from her previous works, she turns paranormal on its head, mocking vampires and werewolves while creating ghosts that are both realistic and creepy. A real page-turner.” 

“Readers looking for nonstop fun, action, and a little gore have come to the right place.”
“Johnson fearlessly takes readers from . . . a cool innocent-abroad-with-iPod story to supernatural thriller. The tension ramps up exquisitely among cups of tea, library visits and the London Underground. The explosive ending is genuinely terrifying but never loses the wit, verve and humor that Rory carries with her throughout.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399256615
ISBN-10: 039925661X
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 26th, 2013
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Shades of London