Hysteria by Megan Miranda
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Series: Stand Alone
Author: Megan Miranda
Publish Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Source: Received from publisher in exchange for my honest opinion
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.
This book holds quite a bit of mystery. You never really know what’s really happening to Mallory. Is she crazy, or are there really ghosts of the incident with Brian haunting her?
Mallory is a girl that is beyond confused. She doesn’t remember anything but the blood the night Brian died. Not only is she stalked by his ghost, but also his mother. She also feels as though her parents are now afraid of her. They behave differently around her, and aren’t sure how to show their support.
The story line moves pretty quickly. Most of the story is how she reacts to different situations. She’s not sure how she’s supposed to fit in at this new school filled with so many people who judge her without really knowing her. She seems to only have one person who wants to be around her, but she doesn’t want to drag him into the place she is in now. She’s terrified to let herself feel anything. Throughout the book she begins to remember some things from that night. Slowly things begin to piece themselves together. These memories just might break down the walls she has built around herself involving that frightful night.
Some of the times that Mallory feels the looming presence of Brian gave me the heebie jeebies. The sense of dread snuck up on her, and was very ominous. While this book didn’t have the chill factor that I was expecting, I did enjoy the story line. It was easily digested. I also have come to love Miranda’s writing. She has a way with words that just pulls you in. I am anxious to read more of her work.
The lovely folks at Bloomsbury Walker Childrens are providing a finished copy of Hysteria by Megan Miranda. Thank you so much for offering this book to my readers. 😀
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