The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)

Check out my review of the first book in the Shades of London Series The Name of the Star

The second book in the Shades of London series did not disappoint…ok, well, that ending was a a little disappointing, am I right?

So we start this second book a few weeks after the attack on Rory in the bathroom at Wexford by the Ripper. Rory is now staying in Bristol with her parents and having to endure therapy. She gets her chance to head back to school on the recommendation of her therapist, but come to find out, the London Shades are calling (The Clash reference… anyone?). There have been a new series of unusual deaths around the city, but the most close to home is in a bar right across from her dorm where all the Ripper stuff went down. A crack in the sidewalk leads Rory and the Shades to what has been causing all of the murders…sort of?

So I was a little lost with the who of this book. We never really find out who is doing these murders. Is it several who’s and I just totally missed the boat?

I really liked the Rory in this book. She was fed up with people feeling sorry for her, she was fed up with being behind in school and she was fed up with Steven trying to hide everything from her, so she took control of her situation. I can get on board with a strong female lead especially in young adult books. What I did not like was that she was so gullible with the fancy new therapist that Charlotte recommended. I mean really, I could tell that lady was a sketch ball right off the bat, and then all of the sudden she finds herself being abducted and carted into the “country” and then Steven, Boo and Calem get injured, once again, trying to save her ass.

And let’s talk about the ending shall we? I kid, I won’t actually give it away now (RHCP? No one? Sorry, it’s late and I have Pandora on in the background). I thoroughly enjoyed Rory and Steven’s evolution, even if it was short lived. But to leave us hanging wondering where he went…All I know is this third book (that oh by the way we have to wait until FEBRUARY to see how it all ends) better provide the kind of ending I’m looking for with that whole situation.

Now, while I was a little bummed to not see much of the Wexford crew throughout this book, it was so satisfying to see Rory hone in on her detective skills, and made me think yea, if this whole school situation goes down the tubes for her, she actually should go be a full time Shade.

I know it sounds like I wasn’t very pleased with this second book, but I truly was. It made me feel things, and I tore through it in 2 nights, and I’m really really really looking forward to this third book. The downfall of a series is that generally speaking (not all the time, but most of the time in my experience) the second book is never as good as the first. I think the third will definitely come in and kick all kinds of ass and we will have a bit of closure (or not, Maureen you like to leave us on a cliff, don’t ya?), however, the second book definitely felt like a bridge and a set up for this next release.

I gave this a 3.5/5 stars on Goodreads


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