Review for The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson


Title: The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)

Pages: 290

Favorite Quote: “I ran like a thing that runs.” and 

“I remember how, at first, I had felt the tension in his lips, as if he was trying to make a barrier between us – then they had relaxed, parted slightly. And that’s when I had known he wanted to kiss me, wanted to give in. That little parting of the lips, the little sigh that came out… I would hear that sigh forever. That little, little sound when the whole world seemed to open up.”

Synopsis: After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux 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. 

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Review: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Oh man. I was so excited to dive into this beauty. Again I read this on loan from the library as an ebook as soon as I finished The Name of The Star. I dove right in and I loved it. It continued with Rory and her struggle with getting back to a normal life after the events from The Name of the Star. The writing is beautiful and my emotions were messed with heavily (that ending, good god.) There is some great humor and wit weaved into this story to keep it very enjoyable and not so heavy. Rory wants to find more answers and unfortunately she gets ignored causing some events to unfold. Rory’s decisions aren’t annoying or unrealistic, and I love that. Sometimes you get an author who just makes the main character do unbelievably lame things or make unrealistic choices, but with The Madness Underneath, it’s perfection. The ending…oh my THE ENDING BROKE ME. I was NOT expecting that to happen and when it did, I couldn’t believe it! The characters have great chemistry and I finally get THE (kissing) moment I was waiting for, the issues and feelings that Rory goes through is very realistic and written so well. We get to experience Rory’s state of mind and how she deals with everything and her paranoia after learning new things in The Name of The Star. I recommend this book, and hope you’ve picked up the first book in this series and continue on. If you thought the first book was slow or for some reason didn’t continue on, you should. Give this baby a second chance. The second installment does not disappoint and I loved every moment.

Have you read these books or heard of them? Plan on adding them to your TBR pile? Let me know!



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