Review: The Madness Underneath

August 2, 2013 Review 18 ★★★½

Review: The Madness Underneath
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
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Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Source: Purchased
Pages: 290
Release Date: February 26th 2013
Series: The Shades of London #2
Genres: Horror, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
When madness stalks the streets of London, no one is safe…

There’s a creepy new terror haunting modern-day London.
Fresh from defeating a Jack the Ripper killer, Rory must put her new-found hunting skills to the test before all hell breaks loose…

But enemies are not always who you expect them to be and crazy times call for crazy solutions. A thrilling teen mystery.
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THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH has left me with a lot of feelings. Mostly these are in no way coherent but I do not apologise. Though I will try my best to talk about this book, I will probably end up resorting to gifs in later stages in an attempt to stop key smashing and me spoiling things.

THE NAME OF THE STAR, from what I remember, was a really creepy and thrilling book. Lots of ghosts and murder and exciting shenanigans. As a sequel, THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH is not… well it’s not as fast paced as the first. There is no real central mystery, I wasn’t sure where it was going. There are minimal ghosts and no serial killers to speak of. But that’s not to say it’s bad and boring, I really enjoyed it. Rory narrates and she is one of the most hilarious heroines I have ever come across. I just wanted to point out that it’s slower. THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH is focused on Rory and her recovery. She has a lot of development in this book, which is also setting up what looks like is going to be a gripping and shocking story over the next books in the series.

In fact, the development and anticipation was what kept me reading. I wanted to see how Rory was developing, I wanted to know what was going on with the new (and old) characters. There was also a nice, slow burning romance developing subtly on the side. Between my OTP of OTPs off the series. You guys should be able to figure out my reactions when that romance happened at the end. Need a hint?

And this brings me to my feelings. The end of THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH, where things got shocking and amazing and just left me unable to form any coherent thoughts. I literally went from that squealing right there to

in a matter of chapters. And then it was over. And I still cannot believe what happened. It’s just so… One of the best cliffhangers ever.

THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH may have been a bit slow compared to its prequeal, but there was a lot of development going on. It takes its time building a plot which, after the final few chapters, will leave you reeling and gasping for breath because you cannot believe what just happened. It’s been a week since I finished it and I am as eager as ever for the next installment.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.6

18 Responses to “Review: The Madness Underneath”

    • Bec

      I thought it was okay. Story line wise, I liked the Name of the Star better. But ending and romance wise Madness Underneath wins jkfhsdaskfajk

    • Bec

      I’d had it on my shelf for ages too but I am so glad I finally read it. Now I’m desperate for the next one.

  1. Jessica@a GREAT read

    Ooh nice review! I’ve been hearing that this one does have a slightly slower pace and less ghostly/murderer action. But then everyone is mentioning this ending!! And it’s driving me bonkers! Yet, I still haven’t brought myself to read it yet, because my “delicate sensibilities” can only handle so many cliffhangers that result in your gif reactions! Still have one like that from another series that I read in 2011…and according to goodreads the final book that will resolve said cliffhangers won’t release til 2015!!! So yes, that one will keep me up at night for the next two years as I am thinking it will be a fall 2015 release because fate is like that…the bitch! ;)

    Fabulous review though!! I have high hopes for this book despite the pacing I am hearing about and all that jazz. The ending sounds worth it though. Might have to mark it as one of those books to read once I have the next one in hand! It’s safe that way for my mental stability!! ;)

  2. Bookworm1858

    I both loved and was frustrated by the ending. I was glad that something was (finally) happening but not happy with that turn of events! Regardless it ensured I’ll be back for the third installment so there’s that.
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    • Bec

      How could you not be back for the next book? I need to know where this series is taking us. And more has to be revealed about Bedlam. It has to!

  3. Alise

    Sounds like the first book was much better than the second. This series always confuses me because I was sure this was the first book but apparently it’s the second. Strange since all I hear about is this one and the first one is completely new to me! I think I will just read the first book if I ever decide to read this series!

    • Bec

      The first was written like it could be a stand alone, and this is developing more of what we’ll see in the series.

      You better read the first one. At night. In your room alone. With your ghost friends :)

  4. Maida

    This sounds fantastic! Despite some of your concerns, I actually like the sound of the premise and the characters, not to mention the romance! But, I am a little nervous about the cliffhanger. Generally, I hate cliffhangers no matter how amazing they are, but you really seem adamant about it so I am definitely going to check this out, despite my minor concern. Glad you enjoyed this overall, Bec! Great review! :D Love the gifs! ;p

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 
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    • Bec

      Thanks! It was good, cliffhangers, despite the frustration they give you, are typically my favourite endings. If I get this worked up over it obviously I have an emotional connection.

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