Rory is sent back to her school in London, hopefully to get her life more back to normal after what happened in The Name of the Star.
So she's back at school, and trying to fit in with her friends. She's feeling overwhelmed because she's so behind in her studies and exams are coming soon. She also reconnects with Stephen, Callum, and Boo, and that's pretty much the only time she feels useful. Although, she's very apprehensive about using her new power over ghosts.
For over half of The Madness Underneath, Nothing. Really. Happens. The paragraph described above takes up pretty much 50% of the book. Eventually, Rory convinces the secret police she works with that even though The Ripper may be gone, there are still dangerous things going on. And then Rory, herself, gets in danger, and the last 25% of the book is really exciting, and a bit sad (even if the whole set-up is based on a stupid, unrealistic decision that Rory makes.) The ending sets us up for the next book quite nicely.
The book is short, and that's to its credit, because if the first half had been, say, 250 pages, instead of the 150 pages it was, I would have given up. As it is, I'm still interested in continuing with The Shades of London series. I just hope for more thrills and action.
Published by Putnam Juvenile, February 26, 2013
eBook obtained from NetGalley
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