Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

by Megan Miranda

Publication Date: February 5th 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780802723109
From Publisher for Review/Blog Tour

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Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.

In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again. (Goodreads)
Last year I read, and enjoyed, Fracture by Megan Miranda. I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of her newest book, Hysteria! It is a wonderfully creepy read that will keep you guessing right up to the end!

The main character in the story is Mallory. Poor Mallory has been through a lot in her young life.  Her boyfriend is dead—killed by none other than herself in self defense. Her life will never be the same. So she moves to a private school in hopes of starting over. But that isn’t exactly what happens for Mallory. Instead things get worse for her, to the point where the hallucinations start to intrude more and more on her life. But Mallory is a fighter, thank goodness. (I don’t think I could have handled it if she was a weak willed girl!) She believed in herself, even during the confusion and doubt. I admire that about her, and I found her to be a very likeable character.

My most favorite character in the book would have to be Reid.  I found him to be insanely adorable, and the perfect person to handle Mallory. Even though he has a past of his own, you could tell that he really cared for Mallory, and that would support her no matter what. He was definitely swoon-worthy, in my opinion.

There are definitely some characters in the book that you are going to love to hate—Jason and Krista to name a few.  But what good is a creepy book if it doesn’t have creepy villains to tie in with it. The storyline for the book was very in-depth, and it kept me guessing as I turned the pages. I had no idea what to expect when I got to the end of the book, but I think it closed up nicely.

Overall, If you like creepy reads, you should definitely check out Hysteria. This book even had me looking over my shoulder to see if something was coming! It was definitely an enjoyable read. I can’t wait to check out more of Ms. Miranda’s books in the future!


  1. I loved Fracture too. I thought it was so great, I read it in one sitting. I just couldn't stop turning the pages! I'm glad you liked Hysteria too. I've seen some mixed reviews, but I'm still really excited about it. It does sound really creepy. :)

  2. I do like thrillers that have you on the edge of your seat (or looking over your shoulder!). This one sounds really good!

  3. Your review reminds me that I need to check out Fracture-I've seen so many reviews of Hysteria that mention it and I feel out of the loop having not read it.

  4. This is the second Miranda book I've read, and I love how delightfully CREEPY her books are. She's great at creating tension and setting up mysteries. I loved Reid too, Christy! I think I swooned over him a few different times. I'm really happy you liked Hysteria!

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