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The Madness Underneath

The Madness Underneath
By Maureen Johnson
Putnam Juvenile, 2013
Audience: All Teens

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
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 to get back to her friends. 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.

You know what's rare? Liking a sequel better than the first book. I was kind of frustrated by the first one, but I read the second in record time. I loved it. It has a "DON'T GO INTO THE BASEMENT!" moment. I love those moments. (I only kind of rolled my eyes at Rory when she didn't realize what was going on with her new therapist until it was too late.) But her not realizing what was going on made the ending so much more exciting.

And I could NOT believe what happened to Stephen. Oooooohhhhhh man. And what happened to Charlotte?! Cliffhanger! I can't wait for the next book. I must know what happens. I must.