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Review: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Title: The Madness Underneath
Author: Maureen Johnson
Year Published: 2013

Genre: YA fiction (mystery)
Pages: 290
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2015 Google Reading map)UK

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school's library

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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 a 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 he 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.

Review: Ah, book two of the series! I am so excited that I read this and that I have number three sitting next to me already to read. These books keep taking twists and turns that I don't see coming and I love it.

Rory is a great combination of a totally normal girl and someone with extraordinary powers. I am not normally into paranormal books, but this series has me hooked. I like that Rory is in boarding school and we get to read about the friends, classes she is taking, her boyfriend, and her "regular" life as well as the ghost stuff. I like the three people that she hangs out with in the Shades (Callum, Stephen, and Boo).

I also like that it takes place in London. There is so much history that it fits really well with the storyline: little alley ways, a mental hospital, and more.

If you are in the mood for a fun, quick, and entertaining mystery/paranormal book, I recommend this series!

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