Grieving, shaken, and feeling very much alone, Rory’s life as a member of the Shades of London has changed irrevocably. It’s only been a matter of hours since Stephen was taken from her, possibly for ever. Her classmate Charlotte is still missing, kidnapped by the same people who tried to take Rory. Rory is no longer a schoolgirl haplessly involved in the dealings of a secret government unit. She is their weapon in a matter of life and death.
With hardly a moment to think for herself, Rory is back to work. Charlotte must be found — as must Stephen, if he is even out there. Lines must be drawn and forces rallied. Something is brewing under London, something bigger and much more dangerous than what has come before. The Shadow Cabinet holds the key to everything, and it is up to Rory to unravel its mysteries before time runs out…
Damn, the ending to The Madness Underneath…how awful. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Okay, that’s enough. I had to know what happened next. It was a need, a need I’ve felt I’d waited decades for. But when I got The Shadow Cabinet, I devoured it. I loved it. I…couldn’t get enough. Maureen Johnson has such a fun way of telling a story, and there’s witty humour in there, even with a sad or serious premise. I found myself laughing while wiping tears away in parts.
I need to say how much the new mysterious characters – Sid and Sadie and Jane (who briefly appeared in book 2) – annoyed me. SO. MUCH. They were just….*throttles the air*
And I know, I KNOW, they were a major part of the book this time, but god, how I was glad when things came to a…DAMN I can’t spoil. Okay, well, I’ll try not to.
Rory, Boo, Callum…I love these people. Though we see less of Boo and Callum because Rory is being held under protection by Thorpe who is ‘sort of Police’ and after the demise of Stephen, he’s taking charge. He gets on my nerves sometimes, but I understand why he’s being that way. He’s upset as well, but he has to be responsible. Rory just wants to forget, but she can’t, and she’s got so many reminders.
Some things happen and they are quite…sad. I mean, within the bounds of not spoiling, I found myself heartbroken at times.
Jerome is back, and kind of…weird. He’s one of those people who hover and don’t really contribute much, always asking questions and just…in the way. But I guess he did step up near the end. If I say anything more about Stephen, it’ll ruin it, but let’s just say…it’s not the end. There. Take that how you want to. Lots of ghostly shit goes on, and man, do I love a ghostly story. hehe.
There are a few trippy moments, where I was just as confused as the characters.
Mostly, I just felt so bad for Rory. Not that I could ‘relate’ as such, but she made me feel. And that’s enough.
I’m so SO glad there’s a fourth book, especially with that ending. Not quite a cliff hanger, but it was weird enough to want more. I need more. I need it NOW!