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.
What a page-turner! That is the first thought that comes to mind when I think about my reading experience for Hysteria. A novel that keeps you on the edge of your seats with questions and theories, this was a hard one to put down!
There are two different parts of the story going on for Mallory. One: she is dealing with the aftermath of the tragic night where she killed her boyfriend, Brian, in the kitchen of her home. She feels this presence surrounding her, following her every move like a shadow. It has all begun to suffocate her and leave her feeling very alone. It was almost like The Tell-Tale Heart of guilt, the constant boom, boom, boom of Brian’s heart haunting her every move. Two: she has been shipped off to a prep school. She finds herself on the wrong side of a group of ‘mean girls’, and the Dean’s son. Both of these aspects of the story come together as Mallory continues to have nightmares of the murder and starts to put pieces together from the events that led to it.
I felt the meshing of the two storyline points was very well done. We get to put the pieces of the puzzle together right along with Mallory, and it all comes together really nice. I truly had no idea what was going on, if things were happening in the main character’s head, if there was a paranormal type situation going on, or what. That right there made it exciting and a joy to read. I think my favorite parts all had to do with the flashbacks and nightmares surrounding the murder. I desperately wanted to know how Mallory found herself in such a terrible predicament, to have to kill someone she was in a relationship with. I didn’t feel like the mean prep school girls were as necessary to the plot, but I can also see how they helped steer Mallory towards finding answers for herself in ways too.
Mallory was very scared and tended to run at the first sign of discomfort in a situation. Who could blame her, really. She does make somewhat of a transformation towards the end. Her relationship with her best friend Colleen was endearing and protective in nature. Never had this girl needed a friend more than she did in this story. And they both had each others’ backs, through thick and thin. There was a teeny bit of a romance starting, but nothing huge, which was just fine with me. Honestly, that was the last thing Mallory needed. Just the touch was a perfect addition though.
Overall, I thought this was a wonderful novel if you are a fan of mystery, thrillers, or a good page-turner to keep you on your toes!