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.
In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
©2013 Maureen Johnson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am sure I would listen to it again before the third book comes out. I usually do.
Well...... I know that is not very helpful but that is all I can say.
I really do enjoy Nicola. I hear samples of some books and I know there is no way I will be able to listen to that person four hours.
No. The first book I really wanted to know what was going to happen. This one did not draw me in in that way. It didn't develop as fast and there wasn't really anything solved.
book was realistic about after effects of attack and near death experience that ended previous book
mostly an entertaining story. I would have to include spoilers to discuss what was least interesting. Let's just say I'm a romantic and author threw in an unresolved plot twist that went in a direction I didn't like.
Rory, the narrator. She gets all the best lines.
No, just entertaining
I don't mind cliffhangers on TV shows, and I don't mind loose ends that leave generous room for the next sequel, but this book ended with almost every plot aspect unresolved. And I mean all of them! I got the feeling that either the author missed her deadline and just turned in what she had or the editor cut the book in two to make more money. Or maybe that's just normal with this kind of series. Now I have to wait 6 to 12 months to find out what happens next.
I feel as if The Name of the Star, Madness Underneath, and the Shadow Cabinet (yet to read) could be one novel. There's a beginning, middle, and end, yet at the conclusion of the novels I feel as if I'm still in the middle of the story.
I'd add more to the research and the ghosts purging forth and causing havoc. I liked this idea, yet it really only happened once. There was so much room to build upon here. I'm curious to see where the next book will go with this.
Nicola Barber is one of my favorite narrators. Her vocal range is impressive and engaging. Her interpretation of Boo, is a delight to listen to.
That ending was a knife to the heart.
What the Madness Underneath does so well is Rory must come to terms that her actions don't only effect her alone. It's something we all learn, and Maureen Johnson writes Rory's character in such a way that you feel her pain and yet you aren't annoyed with her.
I love that the story is so linear and that it is building towards a great finish. The characters are interesting and likable.
SPOILERS!!!!! (I just can't give that away.)
I love this book. I can not wait to listen to Book 3!
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