AnnAlysis: Hysteria

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.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved Mallory’s character from the get-go. She is a normal girl, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong boy. After the deadly night, everything changes. Her parents have a hard time staying in the same room with her, and hide sharp objects, just to be sure nothing like this ever happens again. Her best friend isn’t allowed to spend time with her. And her dead boyfriend’s mom is stalking her. So, she is shipped off to a private school. She is in a bad situation all around and having horrible nightmares don’t make it any easier, or the fact that she keeps waking up with bruises that she can’t explain. You have to feel for her. You don’t know all of the details from the night she killed her boyfriend, and at the beginning of the book, she doesn’t either, but you know that she didn’t do it without cause and you want to help her get better and move forward. Luckily there’s another cute boy that comes into the picture, Reid, who Mallory has been friends with since they were children, but she can’t fall too hard, too fast. Remember what happened last time?

This book creeped me out! You always wonder what will happen if something tragic and horrible happens to you. And I have to say that if I were in that situation, hysteria would probably take over my life as well. How do you cope? How do you move forward? How do you even remember what really happened?

I really liked how Miranda told this story from the present and then goes back to the night the murder happened. I thought she did this flawlessly, with inch-by-inch revealing the the vivid details.

This book pulled me in from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going on with Mallory. There has to be a rational explanation, right?

I give Hysteria 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

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Released: February 5, 2013
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