Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: The Madness Underneath

The Madness Underneath
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been three weeks since Rory put an end to the Jack the Ripper murders in London. Her physical scar is healing fine, but she must adjust to becoming a terminus and she has no one to talk to. Her therapist wants her to open up, but since she signed a no talk order, her lips are sealed. She can’t talk to her friends who also have the sight because they are back in London, while she is recouping in Bristol. Suddenly her therapist calls a family therapy session and strongly encourages Rory’s parents to send her back to London on a trial basis. Rory meets up with her sighted friends, finds a new therapist and tries to readjust to the heavy class load. Nothing is as it was before the Ripper came into her life.

The Madness Underneath is the second Shades of London book. This story follows quickly after the first book ends and review sections about the first story are thrown in gracefully as needed. Rory uses her eloquent southern talking skills to get herself into and out of many sticky situations. Although the Ripper is no longer a factor, there are still Shades roaming around London causing mischief and murder. Maureen Johnson wrote the chapters short enough that you tell yourself “just one more” and then find that you read longer than you planned. The Madness Underneath is a satisfactory sequel that will make the reader want the next book NOW! If you did not read The Name of the Star yet, get reading.

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