Friday, December 9, 2016
Shades of London: The Shadow Cabinet
Putnam Juvenile, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte’s in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming.
Time is running out as Rory fights to find her friends and the ghost squad struggles to stop Jane from unleashing her spectral nightmare on the entire city. In the process, they'll discover the existence of an organization that underpins London itself—and Rory will learn that someone she trusts has been keeping a tremendous secret.
I remembered nothing from the first two Shades of London books. I remembered the Jack the Ripper mystery and that after that, it became a bit like Ghostbusters - but everything else was gone. Despite my memory gaps, I enjoyed The Shadow Cabinet. It was delightfully creepy in parts and fast-paced overall. I liked having the closure of being caught up and rediscovering the characters. However, if any more books are released in this series, I’m going to have to do some rereading!