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The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 | [Maureen Johnson]

The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2

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.
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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.

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    Melissa 07-11-13
    Melissa 07-11-13
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    Would you listen to The Madness Underneath again? Why?

    I am sure I would listen to it again before the third book comes out. I usually do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well...... I know that is not very helpful but that is all I can say.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 05-23-13

    Ben There

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    "great sequel but feels like half the book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Madness Underneath the most enjoyable?

    book was realistic about after effects of attack and near death experience that ended previous book


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber – was your favorite?

    Rory, the narrator. She gets all the best lines.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alethea GLENDALE, CA, United States 08-19-15
    Alethea GLENDALE, CA, United States 08-19-15 Member Since 2008
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    I think I wouldn't have stuck it out this long if not for Nicola and I certainly understand the urge, in the last 2 chapters of the book, to hurl it into a spiked pit. But also I'm fully invested now and glad I waited so long to read it because the wait between books 2 & 3 would have killed me dead.

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    Noelle M. Buffalo, NY 08-04-15
    Noelle M. Buffalo, NY 08-04-15 Member Since 2014

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to teens who like paranormal, fantasy, or horror. It's really entertaining from a paranormal mystery stand point, but Maureen is also just funny, dead on in capturing the teen experience, and also it's in London so British accents and culture galore!


    What did you like best about this story?

    At first it was hard to get into. All the things that made the first story great were no longer present (no ripper mystery, no seemingly normal story about boarding school life with a surprise paranormal twist, etc). But by the end, Johnson won me over with a new cast to care about and entirely new direction for the story that was interesting and exciting.


    What does Nicola Barber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nicola is very good at the accents and voices. There are a lot of different accents and she did really well making them sound genuine and unique to the point where you know whose talking just based on the voice. Narration is extremely important to audiobooks. They make or break it. I'm at the point with this series that if they switch the narrator (Nicola) I'd have a very difficult time continuing. Her voices are the characters now, ya know? I don't know if I just got used to Nicola or if she's really just coming into her own on this second installment but I found it much better that the first. Critical even.


    Do you think The Madness Underneath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    UM YES. Anyone reading or listening to the story knows that the ending leaves you saying "WTF JUST HAPPENED?" and needing to jump right into the next installment.


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    Katherine I. Sholty illinois 03-29-15
    Katherine I. Sholty illinois 03-29-15 Member Since 2014

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    Where does The Madness Underneath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That ending was a knife to the heart.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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