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A new threat haunts the streets of London…
Rory Deveaux has changed in ways she never could have imagined since moving to London and beginning a new life at boarding school. As if her newfound ability to see ghosts hadn’t complicated her life enough, Rory’s recent brush with the Jack the Ripper copycat has left her with an even more unusual and intense power. Now, a new string of inexplicable deaths is threatening London, and Rory has evidence that they are no coincidence. Something sinister is going on, and it is up to her to convince the city’s secret ghost-policing squad to listen before it’s too late.
American-born Rory Deveaux London schoolgirl by day, hunter of serial-killer ghosts by night is back in the second installment in Johnson's Shades of London series. Rory is still recovering from being stabbed by the Ripper ghost at the end of The Name of the Star, while trying to understand her newfound "destroying-the-dead-with-a-single-touch" ability. Despite Rory's initial skittishness about returning to her London boarding school, she is thrilled to see old friends and her boyfriend, as well as reconnect with Stephen and the rest of the ghost-hunting arm of the London police force. A new murder is committed right off the bat, but the first half of the book is mainly about Rory's therapy and trauma recovery. While this slows the narrative a tad, Rory's internal monologue sparkles with the wit that Johnson's fans (and most of Twitter) will recognize, which is plenty entertaining. The second half will satisfy readers' craving for what they came for Rory's investigation of London's latest ghost crimes while laying tragic groundwork for the next book. Ages 12 up.
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Ok so it started off a little slow and I thought there'd be more on her new ability but there really wasn't. But the ending oh god that made me cry. This book was soooo amazing. Then Stephen and oh god the tears are coming back..
This book is amazing! It was a great follow up, to The Name Of The Star! It has so many twists and turns, and you're always on the edge of your seat wondering what comes next! With a OUTSTANDING ending this book is one of my favorites! can't wait for the 3rd book to come out!