Title: The Madness Underneath
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication Date: February 2013
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two
Synopsis can be found here.
I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll make this brief- so. good.
Okay, maybe not that brief.
Rory’s character has changed since the last book, becoming a fuller and darker character. She was stabbed after all, and now has two sets of friends. One who knows what she is and one that has no idea. This book focuses a lot on Rory trying to come to terms with who she is and what has happened to her. I liked this new Rory, giving her a little bit of dark and a hint of edge.
She’s finally reunited with her ghost busting friends and that’s when the story picks up pace.
The story develops fast, and there is a touch of romance, though not too much. It hovers in the background, leaving an underlying suspense that almost killed me.
It may not have as much tension and mystery to it as the first book, but the sequel focuses more on Rory as a character and a couple of bad decisions and the people willing to take advantage of that. I’m not going to say who, but there are some pretty scary characters in this book, and they’re not ghosts!
And the ending- wow. Thanks Ms. Johnson. I have to wait how long to read book three?! For real??
Overall, a solid sequel.
Rating 7 Pretty Cool Would Recommend