The Shadow Cabinet
The Shadow Cabinet Official
Author: Maureen Johnson
Published by: Hot Key Books
ISBN: 1471401804
Publication Order
The Madness Underneath
Untitled Fourth Novel

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The Shadow Cabinet is the third book in the Shades of London series, written by Maureen Johnson.

Official Summary Edit

At the end of Maureen Johnson’s New York Times bestselling novel, The Madness Underneath, Rory, Callum and Boo are reeling from the sudden and tragic death of their friend and squad leader, Stephen. The Shadow Cabinet picks up where readers left off, and now Rory is convinced there must be a way to bring Stephen back. Meanwhile, new dangers arise: Rory's classmate Charlotte is missing, and Jane and her nefarious organization are clearly planning something big—with Rory as their most valuable asset. Time is running out as the ghost squad struggles to protect London and Rory fights to bring Stephen back.

Blurb Edit

Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte’s in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming.

Time is running out as Rory fights to find her friends and the ghost squad struggles to stop Jane from unleashing her spectral nightmare on the entire city. In the process, they'll discover the existence of an organization that underpins London itself—and Rory will learn that someone she trusts has been keeping a tremendous secret.

Plot Summary Edit

Pre-Shadow Cabinet Edit

Stephen Dene, after suffering an epidural hematoma, lays comatose on life-support. Thorpe and the three remaining Shades—Rory, Boo, and Callum—must make the decision to either keep him or take him off the machinery. They conclusively decide that he wouldn’t have wanted to be kept alive artificially; however, the fact remained that Stephen could be brought back if Alexander Newman's theory was correct—that if he were to be holding a termini with his death, he would return as a ghost. Callum, with his hatred towards ghosts, refuses this option, while the others are seriously considering the option.  Against Callum’s wishes, Rory holds onto Stephen’s hand as the plug is pulled.

Events of the Shadow Cabinet Edit

After Stephen’s death, the group try to think of ways to find him. Rory retreats into the corners of her mind to get a hint to where he is, but when she is shaken to reality by Boo, she finds that the machines and lights are whirling to life, then shorting out. In the general chaos, Thorpe removes Rory from the room and Boo sets off to see if Stephen’s ghost is in the hospital still.

When Rory and Thorpe get down to his car, Thorpe does his best to get as much information out of Rory so he can understand what is happening: Rory left Wexford after she found out she was going to be expelled; she went to Jane Quaint's house; a psychic near Wexford fell out of a window and died; Stephen found out Rory wasn't at Wexford and instructed her to return, but she refused; she returned to Jane's home; Charlotte joined them; Jane's friend, Jack, threatened to hurt people if Rory left, so she got in the car with them to go to a house in the country where they would perform a cult ritual and "defeat death"; Stephen crashed his car into theirs as they left with Rory and Charlotte captive and Stephen sustained his injury.

Thorpe takes Boo and Rory to his flat, and gets Rory to call her parents and tell them that she is safe. Rory can't go into public without drawing attention as a missing person (consequently doing so would mean her parents would take her into their custody and return to Louisiana without saving Charlotte from Jane's clutches). So Boo buys clothing and hair dye to change Rory's appearance and keep her from the public's eye. Meanwhile, Rory attempts to cut her hair into a bob, but ends up leaving the rest for Boo to finish. Thorpe has her write what she remembers so it can aid them with finding Charlotte. When Boo gets back, she dyes Rory's hair, trims it, and puts makeup on her.

They get no contact back from Callum, so they search for clues about Jane and why they took Charlotte. They have information on Jane's whereabouts before she was a 'psychologist' and find that she lives in the house that belonged to Sidney and Sarah Smithfield-Wyatt. In December 1973, they had left Jane their belongings (including the house). They declared their death through a suicide note that also stated that no one would be able to find their bodies.



  • The book is dedicated to Johnson's dog, Zelda.
  • The release date of the book was moved back a season due to Maureen Johnson's ill health.

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