The Madness Underneath

The Madness Underneath

eBook - 2013
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After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux 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.
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Group US, 2013.
ISBN: 9781101607831
1101607831
Characteristics: 1 online resource (304 p.)
Additional Contributors: 3M Company
Summary: After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux 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.
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samdog123 Mar 10, 2017

Having just escaped a Jack the Ripper copycat killer, Rory returns to London and encounters a creepy cult that targets her for her new powers. Team mates struggle to accept her and the books ends with a cliffhanger.

SPL_Childrens Mar 03, 2014

At the beginning of this book, Johnson’s second Shades of London story, 16-year-old Rory has narrowly escaped the Jack the Ripper copycat killer. Something has changed for Rory: in addition to her ability to see otherworldly beings, Rory is also now a “terminus” – someone who can annihilate a ghost with a single touch.

Emotionally, Rory is having a difficult time. She’s still traumatized and trying to recover from her narrow escape from death. She isn’t sure how to deal with her new-found ability as a terminus, and she feels lonely and out of place at her London boarding school. She is confused and anxious about her future.

Then a new string of sinister murders begins in London. Again, Rory can see what few others can. The boarding school is located over an old psychiatric hospital unit ... are the restless spirits of the former patients stirring underground? Rory knows that there’s an evil force somewhere close by and that the murders are connected, but she can’t convince the ghost-policing squad (from The Name of the Star) to help her find that connection – until it’s almost too late.

After finishing this gem of a story, which ends ambiguously, readers will be left impatiently awaiting the next Shades of London book.

o my lord i need the third book!!!!

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cheers999
May 31, 2013

If you liked the first book in this series, The Name of the Star, then you will enjoy this second installment. Good, creepy ghost story!

JCLBethanyT May 02, 2013

A compulsively readable sequel to The Name of the Star, Johnson once again entwines the dark secrets of London's past with the dangerous present of the chatty heroine Rory. Unlike the first book's, this book's arc felt less complete and more like a set up for the future books in the series. But the nascent romance and the epic cliffhanger at the end will keep the fans (and me) coming back for more.

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9digitnana
Mar 10, 2013

What an exciting continuation to the "Shades of London" series. Excellent, if rather too short. I wanted it to keep going.

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SPL_Childrens Mar 03, 2014

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 16

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