Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
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.
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.