JJJ Book Club Pick for February: 'The Madness Underneath' by Maureen Johnson

JJJ Book Club Pick for February: 'The Madness Underneath' by Maureen Johnson

JJJ loved Maureen Johnson‘s “The Name of the Star” so much that we were waiting on edge for the debut of the follow up “The Madness Underneath” — and it did not disappoint.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT? 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. 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.

WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT? The first book in the Shades of London series, “The Name of the Star” really dealt with a ghostly murder mystery and Rory’s discovery of her strange abilities. Now, in the second, “The Madness Underneath” gets really into the repercussions of those events. You should read “The Madness Underneath”, not only because it’s a fantastic read — full of history mixed with mystery — but also for the ending. The ending is so wonderfully written that it will have you begging for book number three.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: “Unravel Me” by Tahereh Mafi, “Mind Games” by Kiersten White, “Dualed” by Elsie Chapman, “Dance of Shadows” by Yelena Black.

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