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The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London #2    by Maureen Johnson order for
Madness Underneath
by Maureen Johnson
Order:  USA  Can
Putnam, 2013 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

A near fatal run-in with a Jack the Ripper wannabe left Rory Deveaux with not only a nasty knife scar (no bikinis for her) but also with a new, awesome power. The American teenager, who is attending school in London, not only has second sight and can see ghosts, but now she has also discovered that she is a terminus. This means that Rory has the unique and scary ability to eliminate a ghost with just the touch of her finger.

In the first book in this series, The Name of the Star, the young woman was enlisted by some other young people to assist Scotland Yard's secretive ghost-fighting unit. That's also what led to her life changing experience with the Ripper.

With her return to school, Rory finds herself again called upon to use her considerable skills to sort out another series of mysterious deaths. In this instance being a terminus means the American has attracted some unwanted attention that will not only disrupt her life but also the lives of her three close ghost-busting buddies.

An edgy heroine, lots of local color and a clever use of the supernatural make this a new series that has attracted a lot of attention from young adult and older readers alike. The debut title was nominated for an Edgar Award and don't be surprised if this sequel actually wins the prestigious award.

Maureen Johnson not only spins a convincing tale of suspense and riveting action but she knows exactly how to end her story in such a manner that the reader is guaranteed to want to continue to follow this young girl's adventures.

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