Release: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Walker Children's
You can read the Goodreads summary here.
Mallory killed her boyfriend Brian, but she's not entirely clear on the why or how, but everyone knows it was self-defense so she isn't charged in his death. Instead, her parents send her away to a private school for a fresh start. Her classmates are suspicious, however. She's ostracized by practically everyone except for Reid, a childhood friend. But her dreams haunt her in a disturbing way and when a student turns up dead... Mallory is once again the spotlight.
That cover. Look! It's what drew me to this novel from the beginning and I couldn't wait to read it. The description made Hysteria sound like a great psychological thriller, and while there was some definite psychology, the thriller aspect was lacking a bit. I wasn't at the edge of my seat, but I was very interested to learn what happened with Mallory when her boyfriend died, and then of course what would happen to Mallory after that fellow student turned up dead.
Mallory can't quite remember what happened that evening with Brian. As the novel goes on, we catch bits of pieces of memories that we as the reader must piece together along with Mallory. I've seen this plot device used before and it's never bothered me, but I found the execution in Hysteria to be a bit disjointed and confusing. I have to admit, I'm still a little puzzled over both murders.
What I did find extremely interesting was the psychological drama Mallory put herself through. Every night she could hear whispers and footsteps. She couldn't help but think Brian's mother was there to get her. Handprints showed up on her skin after she took her sleeping pills, and she never could remember what happened overnight. This part of Hysteria was so engrossing to me! I really wanted Mallory to feel better, because let's face it, she was pretty much a good kid who had to deal with some unfortunate circumstances.
Three stars. Three and a half if I was into half stars. I wanted to love and adore this novel, but the disjointed plot, particularly at the end, left me a little confused and uninterested. However, if you're a fan of psychological YA novels, you really should give this one a try. I wouldn't hesitate to read anything else by Megan Miranda; in fact, Fracture has been on my wish list for quite some time.