I'm kind of confused about writing this review and what to say. I feel like I didn't really do the book justice for how I went into it, but I also want to actually get a review out, rather than it sitting in a draft post waiting for me to re-read the book with a different perspective on it.
The Shadow Cabinet picks up after the events of The Madness Underneath. Stephen is gone and Rory now finds herself in the company of Boo, Thorpe, and Callum, trying to find Stephen, but also find Rory's friend Charlotte who has disappeared.
I was really excited to make a start on The Shadow Cabinet and once again dive into the world Maureen has created. But once I began reading I just couldn't connect with the characters like I used to, as I continued reading I felt like I wasn't getting the happy ending I wanted, that it wasn't all wrapped up and tied with a bow. It wasn't until I was ready to write this review that I realised that The Shadow Cabinet is not the final book, that there is another one after it. And I think if I had known that prior to making a start in this book then my expectations would have been different and I would have enjoyed this more than I did. I was waiting for the end to come and for this series to be wrapped up nicely, and it never did.
Now taking into consideration my statement above, this review is based on what I was feeling and expecting at the time of reading The Shadow Cabinet, so my review would have been different if I had know there was another book to come in this series, which is again my fault for assuming this was the end.
Reading The Shadow Cabinet I felt the plot was too slow for me, while it did pick up near the end with a life or death moment, the lead up to the finale didn't draw me in as much. The characters didn't really have that draw with me, that spark or connection to really capture my attention, and I found it hard to click with them. However I was still invested in their outcome, especially Stephen, and was shocked over things that happen towards the end of the book that I did not expect at all.
There is also a new face that joins the team who I was never really sure about until near the end of the book. I felt they had ulterior motives for being around and they never really settled with me.
The Shadow Cabinet has the usual paranormal activity, gruesome death scenes, and lots of twists and turns, but there are also humorous moments in the pages, and one that stood out is the following quote from Rory.
I had to admit I felt very CSI snapping on the gloves.
An enjoyable book which I would have really loved if I had know this wasn't the end. I will have to read this again at some point with the new knowledge in my head.