After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.
First date: After all she went through in the first book, Rory’s a tad bit traumatized. But she’s having a bit more difficulty dealing with her overprotective parents and not having contact with her Spook Squad back in London more than anything else. Seeing ghosts? Not such a big deal. Dis-aparating them with a touch? Yeah, that’s a bit of an issue. And enough for me to want a second date.
Second date: Rory gets her way and heads back to London and Wexford. She rambles around, trying to regain contact with her old friends, catch up on all the missing schoolwork she didn’t bother to do when she was “out”, and basically get back into the swing of things. This date? A bit of a yawner. Sure, there’s been a mysterious murder or two but it’s not exciting, especially when Rory solves one of them in a split second.
Third date: As much a yawner as the second date, sadly. If this was real life, I would have used my BFF emergency out (Oh, come on, all of you have one. Friend calls, “needs” you — if the date’s going badly, oops! Gotta go rescue my friend!). I’m hoping the next book in the series picks things back up and puts the EE! back into eerie, like the first one.
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