Hysteria

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As in Miranda's debut, Fracture, this eerie tale centers on a heroine broken and transformed by a deeply traumatic experience. The police called it "justifiable homicide," but Mallory Murphy isn't certain: she can't remember exactly what happened the night she killed her boyfriend, Brian. Mallory is ostracized by Brian's friends, her sleep is haunted by a terrifying presence, and Brian's grieving mother has turned into a deranged stalker. The teenager attempts to make a fresh start at a New Hampshire boarding school, but Monroe Prep turns out to contain both friends and enemies, and it's not always clear where Mallory's paranoid distrust ends and real danger begins. Worse, Mallory hasn't escaped the specter in her dreams, and her bloody history is an open secret, making her the prime suspect when a student is cruelly murdered. Miranda's enveloping prose style and the story's sinuous plot result in a thriller that questions the reliability of memory, the insidiousness of guilt, and what it truly means to be haunted. Ages 12-up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary.
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VOYA - Matthew Weaver
Mallory killed her boyfriend Brian, and now everyone is wondering if she took every possible step to protect herself before resorting to murder. Brian’s mother broke mentally and is stalking her. Even her parents are viewing her with suspicion, so she leaves her past--including loyal best friend Colleen--and flees to Monroe Prep School, seeking a fresh start. There, she reconnects with Reid, an old family friend and potential love interest. But there are signs that Brian’s mother--or someone else, or something else--has followed her to school. As danger closes in from every corner, readers start to get hints that maybe everything about that night is not as simple as it appears. Furthermore, Monroe may not be the safe haven for which Mallory was hoping. The past has a way of refusing to remain buried. Also the author of Fracture (Walker, 2012/Voya December 2011), Miranda offers a compelling psychological thriller with a heroine who might not be all that innocent. Everything builds to a breath-capturing climax that will have the reader realizing just how invested they are in the characters’ fates. Tightly balanced between can’t-put-it-down drama and realism, the cherry on top is Miranda’s wry writing. For example, Mallory observes that her mother long promised she would never send her daughter to Monroe, decreeing it would happen over her dead body. “Apparently, any dead body would do,” Mallory quips. There is really nothing that has not been done in umpteen, empty, slasher/thrillers; yet here, it all feels fresh, addicting, and smart. Ages 11 to Adult.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this suspenseful page turner, readers quickly discover that 16-year-old Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian, with a knife. The details of what exactly happened that night-and why-prove more elusive, trickling out bit by breathless bit over the course of the story. Though Mallory isn't charged with murder, her parents send her away to a rural boarding school to escape the gossip as well as Brian's unstable, grief-stricken mother, who won't leave Mallory's family alone. But Mallory can't escape her disturbing dreams or the sense that Brian is haunting her. It's unclear whether the strange events have a supernatural cause, are a stalker's doing, or are all in Mallory's mind as she struggles to cope with her guilt and fear. At Monroe, her new school, she finds that she doesn't fit in. She might be falling for Reid, the son of an old family friend, but the romance seems doomed from the start. Another shocking event, and a visit from her parents and best friend, bring all of the secrets and lies out into the open. The protagonist is not always a sympathetic character; some of her actions leave room for doubt about whether she actually did commit murder. This is a satisfying novel, if sometimes overly melodramatic. Mystery and suspense fans will be hooked from the moment Mallory describes the puddle of blood on her kitchen floor.—Miranda Doyle, Lake Oswego School District, OR
Kirkus Reviews
An atmospheric thriller, ripe with tension, overcomes a superfluous subplot. Her murder of her boyfriend Brian has been ruled an act of self-defense, but Mallory is still trapped by what happened that night. To help her get past the murder, her parents send her to Monroe Prep, the boarding school her father attended. But Mallory can't escape the feeling that Brian's mother has followed her or that Brian's spirit is everywhere. Distracting from this gripping suspense is the unnecessary drama at Monroe, where Mallory acts on her feelings for Reid, the son of her father's best friend, and fights off the attentions of Jason, the dean of students' son. Another violent, bloody death--in her own dorm room--acts as the catalyst for Mallory to finally discover what happened that night with Brian as well as this more recent event--although readers will find this second death far less interesting. The storyline at Monroe dilutes the power of Mallory's recovery and minimizes Mallory's relationship with her best friend Colleen, a disappointingly unexplored element. Still, the primary thriller plot and readers' investment in Mallory will keep the pages turning. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802723109
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 602,344
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda is the author of Fracture. She studied Biology and Anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she twice won a coveted award for research in Bioengineering. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children.

http://www.meganmiranda.com/

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

    Characters: The whole story is told from Mallory's perspective.

    Characters: The whole story is told from Mallory's perspective. She remembers that she killed her boyfriend, but cannot recall why. The circumstances are fuzzy to her and she's blocked out most of what has happened to her. She is working through the pieces slowly as well as trying to move on with her life by attending a new school.

    Originality: This book, for me, brought out similar feelings as when I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer books. The main characters has experienced something very traumatic and keeps having flashes or things that could have, or did happen...we aren't sure. She's paranoid, has anxiety and has a hard time trusting anybody.

    Writing: The story jumps back and forth from current day into her memories of the day she killed her boyfriend. So we slowly get snippets of that day throughout the story that will eventually lead up to piecing everything together.

    Plot: Mallory knows she stabbed her boyfriend, it's been cleared as self defense. But now his mother is stalking her and her parents decide to send her away to school to get out of the situation. But even in a new setting she is still trying to fit together all the pieces. And even worse, theirs a group of kids at the school that have it out for her, and the bodies are piling up.

    Krista's Rating: I love horror stories and this book was so much fun to read, I read it in one day and loved how we are just given the tiniest of a hint to what could have happened that night. Also mixed in with a whole new mystery of what is happening with this group at school. Total bonus there is a character named Krista! (I never get to see that) I did get a little confused with part of the plot line when it came to the girls at school and how it was exactly that it was Mallory that gets mixed up with them. (quite a coincidence after everything she's already been through) But even with my confusion I still highly enjoyed this thrill ride and it was dark, freaky and lots of blood.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

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    Mallory¿s memories of the night she killed her boyfriend, Brian,

    Mallory’s memories of the night she killed her boyfriend, Brian, are spotty at best. She knows it was in self-defense — everyone does — but that doesn’t make things any easier. After Brian’s mother begins to unravel and begins stalking Mallory, her parents decide to send her to a private school — her father’s alma matter — far away from her home town. Desperate for a fresh start, Mallory settles into her new routine as the new girl no one knows. But then her secret gets out, and people start treating her differently. To make matters worse, she keeps having dreams that someone is in her room at night, and mysterious bruises in the shape of a handprint begin to form on her shoulder. When another classmate is murdered, Mallory can’t help but wonder if someone is after her — or if maybe there’s something seriously wrong with her.

    The majority of the story is set in Monroe, a fancy prep school in the middle of nowhere. The school is isolated and surrounded by woods which perfectly adds to the creepy atmosphere.

    All of the characters in the book are very strong. Mallory, the MC, is particularly interesting. She feels her life is completely out of control. We go on the journey with her as she tries to piece together the events of the night of Brian’s death, and as she tries to figure out who is after her — or if maybe it’s all her own doing.
    I loved Colleen, Mallory’s best friend. She is everything a best friend should be: Loyal, supportive and funny. She’s a major bright spot in Mallory’s life, and after everything she’s been through, she needs her.
    Reid, a childhood acquaintance of Mallory’s, and a fellow student at Monroe, adds another interesting dynamic to the story. He’s the only one Mallory feels she can trust at Monroe, but is that a good thing?

    I loved Ms. Miranda’s first book, Fracture, and I was super-excited to read this one. I love her writing style, and the way she slowly unravels her clues. What I liked about this one was that she makes the reader feel just as lost as Mallory. We don’t know anything before Mallory does, which makes the mystery that much more effective. There’s a lot happening in this book, but the author handles it very well. It was never confusing, or overwhelming. My only problem with the book was the end. There was this huge climax and then all of the sudden it was over. I didn’t feel like the resolution was fully fleshed out. To say more would give away the ending, and I don’t want to do that. I just wanted a little more info on what happened to a couple of people.

    All in all Hysteria is the perfect mystery. It’s the type of read you want to curl up with on a rainy day. It’s easy to get caught up in the plot and to lose yourself in the twists and turns. Despite the ending that felt a little rushed, this book is definitely one worth reading, especially if you like a good mystery that will keep you on your toes. While I wasn’t surprised at the outcome, it was still fun to unravel Mallory’s story to get to the end result.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    It was okay

    It had its moments but not one of my favorites

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    A bit dissapointed

    Ive read fracture and vegence and loved both so i was excited to read hysteria. I tried to get into the story but it jumped all over and was confusing. Also i feel like it just ended and left ,any unaswered questions. You never really find out why she killed brian, you never find out what excactley happened with krista, taryn and bree. I just didnt enjoy this book.

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    Well, well, well. This was at least something a little different

    Well, well, well. This was at least something a little different. Part mystery, part suspense, and part psychological thriller, I was captivated yet thoroughly confused by this story. So much so, I still can’t figure out whether I loved it or hated it. I feel rather “meh” about it, actually. In the end, everything makes sense once you get the complete picture, but to get to that point you first have to survive a somewhat tiresome journey with a very exasperating protagonist who tends to run from the merest mention of confrontation.

    The main thing I did enjoy about Hysteria is that it is loaded with mystery and suspense. You don’t know why Mallory killed Brian. This is only revealed near the end when everything comes together. The author did a magnificent job keeping the reader guessing as to whether Mallory is being haunted or whether she’s just plain crazy. To complicate matters even more, add in three evil girls, a psychotic boy, a stalker, Mallory’s parents’ fear of her, and everyone at her new prep school keeping their distance from her, and you have a hotbed of creepiness and tension to see you through to the end of the book.

    It seems I’ve read quite a lot of books since the start of this year in which the characters and I struggle to form a connection. With that said, Hysteria is no exception. Mallory was such a depressing character I felt as though I was swathed in a dark cloud of doom while reading her story. On the bright side, that gloominess added to the atmosphere in the book. Nevertheless, I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters, but what stood out for me was the close bond between Mallory and her best friend, Colleen. They have a friendship I envy, and that friendship is their saving grace for both of them when push literally comes to shove. I also felt good about how things turned out for Mallory and her mother when she needed her most.

    There’s a little romance, but nothing to write home about. Of course, I was grateful that the romance formed only a miniscule part of the story.

    Apart from it being an entirely confusing read, my other issue with Hysteria is that it builds up the anticipation to the point where you’re starting to lose patience; and once all the plot points starts forming the larger picture, the big reveal is rather anticlimactic and that was hugely disappointing for me because after all that build-up, I expected something spectacular. 

    Thankfully this is a stand-alone and not the first in a series. It would’ve been a disaster if the author chose to drag it out even more. If you’re new to mysteries and thrillers, this might be a book you’ll enjoy. The writing is good and the suspense is riveting. Though Hysteria ended up disappointing me with its mediocre big reveal, it is still a book I’d recommend to readers of the YA genre, and I’ll certainly read more of Megan Miranda’s books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Amazing.

    I read this at school for free. Its better in novel form. I really liked this book i couldnt put it down. The suspense is amazing i was a little confused why did she stab him when he wasnt really hurting her he was just trying to get answers of why she was with his brother. Its weird how she kept getting those marks but who was actually doing it? Was it the spirt or was it brians mom or brother? Besides these questions i thoroughly enjoyed this book. She gets sent away because her parents are scared for her. But at monroe she meets reid. And then the preppy school boy gets murdered and put into her dorm room by the killer so they think she did it. Its really suspensful when jasons cousin and her friends killed him. Mallory found this out because they almost killed her best friend. I reccommend this to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Loved it

    Definite page turner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    This is very good! I literally could not even put the book down!

    A must read!

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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    My Thoughts: I absolutely loved Hysteria, I was really curious

    My Thoughts:

    I absolutely loved Hysteria, I was really curious when I was going into reading this one I have heard a lot of great things about Megan Miranda's debut Fracture but, I haven't yet had a chance to read it but, I hoped that I would enjoy this one just as much and I definitely did. Hysteria is a great mix of psychological thriller and normal life, it gave me everything that I look for when I want to read a book.

    Mallory killed her somewhat boyfriend Brian, and ever since her life hasn't been the same. Everybody around her town whispers and stares when she is around and Brian's mom spends her days outside her house parked twenty feet away per restraining order. Brian is also the older brother of her former crush and lab partner Dylan, which only complicated things more. Mallory's parents decide to send her away to a boarding school Monroe for a fresh start, Mallory has heard about Monroe all her life through her father who went to high school there and loved it. As much as Mallory doesn't want to leave her best friend Colleen, her parents are acting distant and she wants to go somewhere where everyone doesn't know her secrets. But, as Mallory arrives at Monroe she finds out that the fresh start she is looking for isn't going to come easy, people still know what happened and she really can't escape. Mallory reconnects with the son of her father's high school roommate, she used to see him three or four times a year when their fathers got together until Reid's dad passed away. Unfortunately for Mallory no matter where she goes what she did haunts her nights, creating nightmares that may or may not be real.

    While I was reading this book I kept being reminded of the Mara Dyer books which I love and it only made me even more into reading the stuff. I was on the edge of my seat pretty much the whole entire time I was reading, my heart was pounding and I was trying to figure out what was going on, most of the time being completely wrong. Mallory and Reid's romance was an interesting aspect because it gave the book a grounding aspect and it wasn't filled with only craziness and made it that much more enjoyable.

    Overall, Miranda has created an awesome and satisfying standalone and I really enjoyed her writing I definitely want to check out Fracture now because of reading this great book and I can't wait to see what Miranda comes up with next. If you are a fan of Michelle Hodkin and creepy thrillers then this book is right up your alley, check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Ok

    This book was very confusing. While some parts were suspensful, i just didn't follow what was going on. I never even understood if dylan was behind it all or someone else, and what about her relationship? Fracture was amazing, but this book just felt too rushed and missing important details.

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    Mallory ends up killing her boyfriend in self-defense, but she c

    Mallory ends up killing her boyfriend in self-defense, but she cannot remember how things lead up to that incident or why she would go so far as to kill him.
    “I knew how I was supposed to feel when I was with him. Well, I knew what I was not supposed to feel. I wasn't supposed to feel anxious. Not tense, either. Or maybe I was. Maybe this was normal. I didn't know. So I let him whisper in my ear and put his hands on my hips. And I listened to him list the ways in which I was slowly killing him. 

    None of which turned out to be the actual way that I killed him.” 
     -Megan Miranda, Hysteria

    So she gets shipped off to a private school called Monroe and tries to forge as normal of a life there as she can. Things however do not stay normal because she constantly feels a presence following her everywhere. And soon Mallory’s roommate is killed using the same Mallory’s knife, so naturally everyone thinks she did it.
    I did think it was strange that her parents sent her to a boarding school away from home. I kept wondering why they did not try and get her help, like a therapist or something.
    Hysteria was a quick absorbing read that I easily got into. The flashbacks that were scattered throughout the story were a nice glimpse into the night she was with her boyfriend.
    It was a good mystery that had me questioning everything and everyone, to see if I could figure things out myself. The ending I definitely did not see coming and when I think about it, I am still questioning the true motive behind it all.
     

    ** I received this book from Bloomsbury Children’s Books in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you!** 

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    Posted July 16, 2013

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