The Madness Underneath

Author: Maureen Johnson 
Pages: 290 
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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. 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.

Guys, I'm gonna get right to the point with this one: if you haven't already, go out and get yourself a copy of this book. If you're a fan of the series, I definitely recommend picking up a copy (and possible taking a  day off to recuperate after reading... I know I am). I've been a huge, ginormous fan of Maureen Johnson for years, and if you enjoyed her other work but haven't checked out the Shades of London series, you really should. Trust me, you will not regret it.

Now, if you don't mind... *grabs kleenex box and has breakdown*.


  1. I liked In the name of the stars and I can't wait to see how Rory's story continues. I'm happy you loved it so much :)!


  2. Wow! Short review! But nice and straight to the point! Hearing that this ending is causing tears and I fear starting it! But I will! Eventually, need to prep myself! ;)

    Nice review!


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