The Madness Underneath

*This review contains spoilers if you haven’t read The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson! 

Rory Deveaux survived her encounter with London’s Jack the Ripper copycat killer but barely.  Injured, she leaves Wexford to recuperate in Bristol with her parents.  The physical scars heal quickly, but the emotional scars take longer.  Her therapist encourages her to talk openly, but how can she say that she sees the souls of dead people without sounding too crazy? 

Then there’s the little problem that Rory is now a human terminus.  When she touches a ghost, she sends it away from the land of the living.  Even though she is still trying to come to terms with her new ability, that doesn’t stop Stephen from asking her to come back to London to help investigate a new series of murders.  He suspects a ghost is involved, which means only Rory can dispatch the shade once and for all.

Meanwhile a mysterious group has approached Rory.  They seem to have all the answers about what she can do and are willing to share them with her—only if she leaves behind her family, her friends, as well as Stephen, Callum, and Boo.  Is it worth it to go with them?  What does she give up if she stays?

The Madness Underneath is Book Two of Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series.  Book Three, The Shadow Cabinet, has an unspecified release date.