the-madness-underneath-pic1Reviewed by Krystal Larson

Readers will be happy to be reacquainted with Rory, the main character from the first book in the series, The Name of the Star. Rory was nearly a victim of the Jack the Ripper copycat and helped to bring about his downfall. She is still suffering from the ill effects of being in the horrible murderer’s presence. She sees a therapist and frequently highlights her fear and doubts to the reader. Rory discovered a lot about herself after the first book’s ending and she matured as well. The reader will love this new, open Rory.

The plot of The Madness Underneath is much like the first book’s. Around halfway through the book, Rory stumbles upon a murder that occurs near her school. Clearly, Rory must help track down and eliminate the culprit. She discovers that the murder has a supernatural hint to it and ends up learning about yet another ability that she possesses. The story continues with Rory acting as a sleuth.

Overall, The Madness Underneath was a good book, however, the reader has to appreciate the slow pace of the novel. This book felt like one of those winding brooks, where the plot slowly develops and unravels and the characters delve into the mystery bit by bit. This book reminded me of a Poirot or Agatha Christie novel; the suspense is built up ever so slowly and the author takes the time to acquaint the reader with every aspect of the novel. There might not have been constant action (though there is plenty towards the end!), but this book is sure to leave readers satisfied.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Putnam Juvenile. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.