Posts Tagged ‘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.
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.
Happy Sunday (evening) friends! Hope the weekend has treated you well! I only left the house once this weekend, but it’s been a productive one. We had the water guys here for SIX HOURS yesterday replacing our water heater. It took longer than expected, but now we can get showers for more than 5 minutes. Yippee! Although I was couch-bound while the water guys were here, I got A LOT of knitting done. So much that I was able to finish the third of three baby blankets for a friend’s triplets. I’ve been working on them for months. Today I got caught up on the house cleaning and finished The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow. I also got in a couple of good Jillian Michaels workouts, including her six-week ab workout today. It was my first stab at that one, and I wanted to quit after the first round, 18 minutes in. I finished and am glad I did. Definitely something I will work in to my weekend routine.
I have some major reading to do over the next month. Here’s what you can expect (book wise) on the blog in the month of March:
March 3: Review of Three Sisters by Susan Mallery
March 4: Interview with Susan Mallery
March 4: Review of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski
March 7: Review of Hysteria by Megan Miranda
March 15: Review of The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
March 16: Interview with Kristan Higgins
March 18: Review of Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
March 23: Review of The Boy from Reactor 4 by Orest Stelmach
March 25: Review of The Sixth Station by Linda Stasci
I’ve already got a couple of these books read and hope to also work in Improvising Carla and The Murder Bird by Joanna Hines. Oh and I have Also Known As (below) on my NetGalley bookshelf just calling my name.
Out This Week
As I mentioned above, I already have Also Known As and I plan to get The Madness Underneath. I don’t know how I missed out on the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson, but luckily I am only a couple of books behind. I know what will be downloaded on the Nook soon!
Hope you have a wonderful week! Click on the book cover to learn more about what is coming out this week. And feel free to stop by or Tweet me (@kariannalysis) to give me some motivation for the reading this coming month!