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The Madness Underneath

By Maureen Johnson
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Publisher Description

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.

143 Reviews

“Read this review, and many more on my blog http://octobertune.foreverislie.nl ! When I read the first book in this series, I was hooked. A killer copying the murders of Jack the Ripper (which I have always found an interesting subject), a girl who can see ghosts and a secret ghost-fighting team. I loved it! So I was trilled to find out it was a series, and I was even more thrilled when I found out the second book was out already. I didn’t buy it until last month though, because there were so many other books that I wanted to read, and I just kept this book on my wishlist, until last month when I though tit might be a good idea to finish some of the series that I had started. I had hoped for a little bit more action, like in the last book, when they confront the Ripper-copycat, but this book was mostly about Rory getting back to Wexford and getting back to her normal life (and failing miserably). I was really happy when Boo, Callum and Stephen came back into the picture, because I really liked them in the previous book. Eventually, the action started to happen, and I got more and more excited about this book. There wasn’t a lot of ‘big’ action like in the last book, but the last couple of pages made me sob like a small child whose ice-cream had just fallen on the ground. This only made me want to read the third book even more, even though that won’t come out until March next year (!!!!!!) Out of all the characters, and not counting the ghost-squad (aka Boo, Callum and Stephen), I liked Jazza the most, because she was just so relaxed around Rory, not really fuzzing about her, and I just liked the fact that she knits when she’s nervous (I just like people who have the patience to knit). Charlotte got her place in the ‘characters I like’ category as well, because she changed since the last book (I guess that bang in the head did something good to her). And I just felt pretty bad for her during the last parts of the book, Like I said earlier, the last couple of pages made me cry, and I think people who’ve read the book know what I am talking about, and I just have one question for the writer: Why?! WHY?!?!?!?!?! There wasn’t really anything I disliked about the book, except maybe for the lack of action, but hey you can’t have everything you like in one book!”
“If you want this one to be just as exciting and thrilling as the first, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. But I often find that if you have blown-out-of-the-water expectations of the first book in a series, you will always be disappointed in the next. That is not to say that this is not good - because I did enjoy reading it. I did find Rory a bit irritating at first, which I don't remember doing while reading the Name of the Star. Perhaps it's because I really don't like Jerome and it bothers me when she spends time with him. The plot twist with Jane (spoilers beware) I did see coming - not its exact nature, but I knew something was fishy about her, and it was only confirmed when she convinced Rory the only option was for her to run away. I also wasn't surprised at the kiss between Rory and Stephen - it simultaneously felt like it had been built up for so long, and yet that it also happened rather quickly? If there was more build-up on Rory's end (not just reading between the lines build-up) I think it would have been more believable. Just like last time, I find myself incredibly upset that Stephen is put in danger near the end - and I don't even like Stephen that much, but Maureen has a way of making me fear for his life everytime he does something dangerous/reckless. I still wish that Jazza was in it more, although I have come around to not being irritated at Boo. And Alistair, I think we can all use more of him.”

About Maureen Johnson

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. 

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