The Madness Underneath, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (10 ratings)

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When madness stalks the streets of London, no one is safe...There's a creepy new terror haunting modern-day London.Fresh from defeating a Jack the Ripper killer, Rory must put her new-found hunting skills to the test before all hell breaks loose...But enemies are not always who you expect them to be and crazy times call for crazy solutions.

A thrilling teen mystery.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Horror & ghost
  • ISBN: 9780007432271

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4.5

It looks like I'm going to have to keep on loving Maureen Johnson. I've read -- and enjoyed -- her realistic fiction books like 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Last Little Blue Envelope and The Bermudez Triangle. She's easily a go-to author for a great book.Johnson's first paranormal series (after Devilish, an unrelated stand-alone was released in 2006) started in 2011 with In the Name of the Star. See my review here.In the Name of the Star brought New Orleans teenager Aurora "Rory" Devereaux to London's Wexford Academy for her last year of school. It also brings back Jack the Ripper . . . or what appears to be Jack the Ripper.[spoilers for ItNotS below] After a run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat that nearly killed her, Rory's stuck-in Bristol under the ever watchful eye of her parents. Away from Wexford, Boo, Callum, Stephen, everything that's come to be her life while in England, Rory's going a bit stir crazy. When her therapist suggests she return to London, it's somewhat intimidating, but also incredibly welcome.While the Ripper may be gone, London is not yet safe and sound. Unexplained deaths are occurring and it may be up to Rory to uncover how their linked -- and convince the Shade (the city's secret, ghost-fighting force) of the connection. All while still dealing with the events that very nearly cost her her life and the changes it brought.The Madness Underneath is very much a sequel to In the Name of the Star. While you can read this second book without having a great memory of what happened in the first (or where it left things), you'll probably be lost on a few things if you haven't read it at all. There's not a lot of recap. There was also quite a bit more character development in Name of the Star and you'll feel more for those characters -- Jazza, Alistair, etc -- if you 'know' them better.Which is all not to say that The Madness Underneath is not amazingly fantastic because oh how much it is. It's just much more fantastic if you've set everything up well for yourself by reading In the Name of the Star first.I love that the plot of this book is so different from the first and yet is so similar. This is very much a series but definitely not a series using a formula for its books. There is cohesion with the characters, the world's that created (the Shade, the ghosts, how all of that works), but a lot of great newness. The new characters that are introduced in The Madness Underneath and the role they play in the story seems a bit different, at first. The way that it all plays out is something, though. This one has an ending that I want taken back or changed . . . and then I don't because I want to see where it goes in the next book . . . and then I'm back to wanting it changed. We shall see.

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3

This wasn't a second book so much as a setup for the final book, though it did keep my interest and I enjoyed reading it. Johnson's writing is (as usual) very funny, though I didn't enjoy the plot (or lack thereof) or twist ending that much.

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4

I just have to get this out of my system... <b>NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!</b><br/><br/>After the first book, I wasn't expecting much from this book. It would have been wrong for this one to be as twisted and creepy as the first, it would have been too much. But it stays in the same unique universe.<br/><br/>But I wasn't expecting that. Or <i>that</i>. Or <b>that</b>.<br/><br/>Although at times The Madness Underneath feels like a filler, a space between the first and third books when nothing too much *can* happen, it is great in its own right. I don't think you could easily read this book without having read the first.<br/><br/>I wish that Rory could have perhaps gone back to Alistair and explained her reactions. It's like he was mentioned once and forgotten about and now it seems very unlikely that he'll ever be mentioned again.<br/><br/>I liked that Rory's life was falling apart. It should have been falling apart after what happened to her. I didn't like that the school didn't really make any concessions for her BEING STABBED AND ALMOST FREAKING KILLED! Surely her exams could have been postponed until the very end of term? Exams are usually at the very end of term anyway.<br/><br/>In my head I pictured creepier scenes. I pictured a ghostly face peering from the crack in the basement wall, and instead it was a slightly less creepy he's-behind-you.<br/><br/>I can't wait for the next one though, I *need* to know what comes after that ending! Shades of London might not be the best series out there, but I am hooked. Please have more than 3 books, Maureen Johnson, I could read of this creepy, unique world forever.

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4

Make sure you have read the first one, as this one picks up where the first ends.<br/>And zooms really fast along, without catching you up much.<br/>All the things I really loved about The Name of the Star are still in place- in terms of the characters, and the really interesting way ghosts and spookiness work.<br/><br/>And then... I was reading and reading and turning pages and there weren't any more pages to turn! But I have maddening questions, lots and lots of them.<br/><br/>So, possibly a good idea to wait until you have the third book in hand, or you will read the last page, and say WHAAAAAAAAAAT???? really loudly in a subway car full of people who will be confused.

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4

Make sure you have read the first one, as this one picks up where the first ends.<br/>And zooms really fast along, without catching you up much.<br/>All the things I really loved about The Name of the Star are still in place- in terms of the characters, and the really interesting way ghosts and spookiness work.<br/><br/>And then... I was reading and reading and turning pages and there weren't any more pages to turn! But I have maddening questions, lots and lots of them.<br/><br/>So, possibly a good idea to wait until you have the third book in hand, or you will read the last page, and say WHAAAAAAAAAAT???? really loudly in a subway car full of people who will be confused.

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