The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Genre: Mystery, Paranormal Fiction
Format: Paperback
Series: #2 in the Shades of London series
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 372
Source: Copy provided by the publisher

The Book:
From the publisher:

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.

My Thoughts:
After following Maureen Johnson on Twitter for years I finally read one of her books. I read the first book in her Shades of London series (The Name of the Star) earlier this year. I was kind of surprised at how much I enjoyed it because it’s not really my normal thing. I have a fairly low tolerance for paranormal stuff and in particular young adult paranormal stuff.

This series, however works for me and it’s due to Maureen Johnson’s talent as an author.

Now that I’ve read the first two books in the series I need to get the third one soon because this one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

I enjoy Rory as a great main character and the people she met in the first book are back and just as interesting and complicated. The ‘sight’ that Rory discovered she had in the first book that allows her to see and interact with ghosts has developed into something a bit more frightening. While Rory tries to return to her life at school she soon finds that it is going to be much more difficult than she thought.

Don’t let the Young Adult and Paranormal labels dissuade you because this was just a good and interesting series.

4 stars Rating 4/5