Book Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Posted February 22, 2013 by Melissa in Book Review | 12 Comments

Book Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

About Hysteria
Book Review: Hysteria by Megan MirandaTitle: Hysteria
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication date: February 5th 2013
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Thriller
Length: 336 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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.

First Line

My mother hid the knife block.

My Thoughts

I was expecting great things from Megan Miranda’s latest after loving Fracture and Hysteria did not disappoint.  The setting (private boarding school out in the boonies) may sound a bit cliche…but I assure you that it works completely.  Though I admit that I may have a thing for small town/rural New England settings. Miranda’s prose and dialogue flow effortlessly and are completely believable for a young adult read without feeling in the least bit “dumbed down.”

The story unfolds a few months after Brian’s death and is presented as a combination of  the present mixed in with Mallory’s flashbacks/memories of what happened the night Brian died and the weeks leading up to it.  I love how we slowly learned the story of what happened that night as the book progressed while we were simultaneously trying to figure out what was happening at the boarding school.

Mallory is a typical teen  – stupid at times but very likeable. Reid is…well…amazing…anyone looking for a new book boyfriend? I nominate him!  Miranda keeps us guessing with the supporting characters: who can Mallory trust and who isn’t what he/she appears?

The action and suspense grab the reader from the start and never lets up.  The pacing is perfect, pulling the reader in and keeping one captivated until the very end.  I couldn’t put this one down…in fact I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this one because I just had to know what happened.  I think you’ll need to know too…

Hysteria was spooky and mysterious and still managed to squeeze in a few swoon worthy moments.  Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one…

About Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.

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12 responses to “Book Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

  1. Sam

    Great review, Melissa! You liked this one a little more than I did, but I enjoyed Reid’s character too and liked some of the suspense throughout this. I agree about the boarding school setting. 🙂

  2. I’m always in the market for a new book boyfriend Melissa! I think I need to be introduced to Reid:) Love the books that force me to stay up way too late in order to finish them. Those are the very best kind:)

  3. I met Megan but I still haven’t read her books! I actually have both of them and have been meaning to read Fracture for a year now. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, hopefully I can read it this year!

  4. Fracture was just a 3 stars for me so I’ve been on the fence about this one especially after all the mixed reviews I’ve been seeing. But even those who don’t like it much say the mystery was good so I’ve been super curious about it! And you do make it sound right up my alley I love me some suspense! 😀

  5. I enjoyed Hysteria, though probably not as much as you did. The mystery was definitely a good one, and REID <3 I definitely need to get my hands on a copy of Fracture as well. Great review :D

    ~Chri @ Ink Skies

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