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Monday, February 4, 2013

Hysteria by Megan Miranda

After reading Megan Miranda's debut, Fracture last year, I was thrilled to read her next stand-alone novel. And just one look at that cover led me to believe that it was going to be just as eerie as the first one was.

Hysteria hits shelves tomorrow, February 5th!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) The premise. A great murder mystery always intrigues me, and this one, because Mallory couldn't remember what exactly went on, was especially interesting. 2) Reid. Of course I liked the nice guy who befriends Mallory as she begins her first year at Monroe. He's sweet and charming, any girl will like him. And there was more depth to him than any of the other characters in the book. 3) Mallory's trip to CrazyTown. Okay, I know it sounds a little strange, but honestly, if she hadn't gone a little nuts after what she went through and what she was going through throughout the book, I would have been concerned. But these were some of the most telling parts of the story. 4) The action sequences at the end. So Miz Miranda combined the mysterious circumstances of the death of Mallory's boyfriend's death (well, what she can and can't remember) and the urban legend surrounding Mallory's new school to get some crazy action sequences at the end.

What I Didn't Like: It was hard to connect with the story and with the characters. At least for me. It was a little jumpy, because we were experiencing Mallory's flashbacks, but I don't think that was the problem. I wanted more substance from the story as a whole. Reid was the deepest of the characters, every one else was pretty surface level.

Overall Thoughts: I hate to compare, but I don't think Hysteria lived up to how good I thought Fracture was. It's an interesting story, a good mystery, and an decent way to spend a few hours, but not one I think I'll read again. If it sounds intriguing to you, I still recommend that you check it out after it's released. Don't just take my word for it! Megan Miranda is a great writer, and I can't wait to see what she'll come up with next.

My Rating: 3 shots

I received a Galley copy of this from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.


  1. I felt mostly the same about this one. I liked it, but it wasn't awesome for me. I felt like there were almost no clues to let us know what was really going on and then the end seemed like too much all coming out at once. Great review!

  2. I am not the biggest fan of flashbacks and not connecting with the plot and characters concerns me a bit. I think I will check out Fracture first since there is so much love from the people I know with this book.

    great review!
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. Such a shame that you found it difficult to connect to the characters and story - that always ruins a book for me.

    Thanks for your honest thoughts!


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