The Shadow Cabinet

384p. (Shades of London: Bk. 3). ebook available. Putnam. Feb. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399256622.
Gr 9 Up—This latest series installment picks up right after the events in The Madness Underneath (Putnam, 2014)—the leader of the ghost police squad, Stephen, has just died. Rory was holding his hand, believing that her touch could keep his ghost nearby, but it's nowhere to be found and she's starting to despair. Then his body disappears. Meanwhile, Rory's classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by their shared therapist, Jane, who turns out to have a colorful past as a member of a cult obsessed with the Eleusinian Mysteries, mystic rites that blur the lines between life and death. Johnson introduces new villains and expands her world's mythology as Rory, Callum, and Boo try to rescue Charlotte, navigate the Stephen situation, and eventually get caught up in saving the world. Enough background is given that the book could work as a stand-alone, but that would mean readers would be denying themselves the pleasure of the first two titles. Heavily laced with humor and genuine creepiness, this well-crafted thriller is a winner.—Stephanie Klose, Library Journal
Still reeling from Stephen's death, Rory is split between finding his ghost and discovering what it is about her powers that has a ghost cult attempting to kidnap her. Despite the narrative focus on Rory, it's the villains who steal the show in this third book. Tense emotions and a spooky ending keep the copious blocks of information from slowing down the plot.

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