With a boarding school as a back-drop, Hysteria delivers a plot that is put together like a puzzle through flashbacks and with a window into the protagonist’s seemingly unstable mind. It can be hard to pull off a narrator that seems unreliable, but Megan Miranda was able to paint a picture of a normal girl whose life takes a bizarre turn. The gaps in Mallory’s memory only serve to heighten the mystery and I was constantly trying to figure out what could possibly be the actual series of events that brought Mallory and Brian to that fateful point in time. This ended up being a very fast read because I didn’t want to put it down!
Megan Miranda clearly has a gift for psychological thrillers that keep you guessing. With a plot that had elements of The Telltale Heart, Hysteria took you into Mallory’s mind while never really revealing her true memories until the very end. Usually, I find that technique annoying, but it was so well done that I felt like I as actually in Mallory’s head. I was riveted by the creepy feeling I had the entire time I was reading it and the way that I felt totally twisted up every time I thought I had it all figured out. I also liked that while there was a little romance in it, I would say the primary relationship was with her friend, Colleen. There was no “oh, come and rescue me” plot in this book. In fact, Mallory does a good job of pushing most people away from her as she feels that she’s spiraling down into insanity. I highly recommend this book for those that love stories that get into your head with a touch of murder and a lot of plot twists.
I received this galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.