THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH
Johnson’s thoroughly entertaining Shades of London series continues in this second installment. The pace is swift, the characters well drawn and the ending a genuine, jaw-dropping shock.
Rory Deveaux is back at Wexford Academy after her eventful first stint, in which she gained the ability to see ghosts, learned of a secret ghost police force and was almost killed by a ghostly Jack the Ripper copycat. She now has the ability to extinguish ghosts with a touch and while her friends and teachers are glad to have her back, there are those who would like to use Rory’s abilities for their own nefarious purposes. And then there are the murders … (PUTNAM, Mar., 288 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780399256615, HC, 12 & Up)