Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda


Title: Hysteria
Author: Megan Miranda
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Format: eGalley
Publication Date: 14th February 2013

Tell Me About It
Mallory's life is falling apart. Her boyfriend was stabbed. He bled to death in her kitchen. Mallory was the one who stabbed him. But she can't remember what happened that night. She only remembers the fear . . .

When Mallory's parents send her away to a boarding school, she thinks she can escape the gossip and the threats. But someone, or something, has followed her. There's the hand that touches her shoulder when she's drifting off to sleep. A voice whispering her name. And everyone knows what happened. So when a pupil is found dead, Mallory's name is on their lips. Her past can be forgotten but it's never gone. Can Mallory live with that?

My Thoughts
I really enjoyed Fracture by Megan, so when Hysteria came up on netgalley I requested it immediately  and was happy to be accepted.  The first few paragraphs grab your attention immediately.  A knife block being hidden, Mallory's Mum locking her bedroom door, then suitcase on bed, all of these little titbits made me very curious as to what was going on.  As Hysteria progresses we learn more about the protagonist, Mallory and the reasons for the above.

Throughout Hysteria we get flashbacks to the event and get to see all the bits and pieces as they slowly fill in the blanks, not only for us the reader, but also for Mallory.  The more she learns and pieces together the more she struggles with who and what to believe, right up to the last moment where she realises the truth.

One character that stands out to me is Colleen, no matter what crazy thing Mallory tells her, Colleen is always on Mallory's side helping her work out her strange nightmares, or listening to her without judgement.  This is what a best friend should be like, having you back and standing up for you no matter what.

Megan has a great way with words and has a natural ability to draw you in, and from the minute I began reading Hysteria I was hooked.  The flashbacks only enhanced the story, giving you just enough to tease you but not give it all away, and we learn of what happened as Mallory remembers herself.  By the end of the story I was so tense and nervous about what would happen next, probably feeling exactly the same as Mallory.  I am looking forward to reading future work from Megan.



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