Hysteria Review & Giveaway!

Author: Megan Miranda
Source: Purchased
Challenge: Standalone Reading Challenge
Goodreads Summary & Cover:
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.


Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. Yes. It was self-defense. Yes. Kind of.

She feels that she is being haunted by him in her house. She can still feel him there -- see the blood stain, even though it's been cleaned. Her parents treat her differently. Her mother is on pins and needles around her. Her parents enroll her in the boarding school, in another state, that her father attended. Mallory is sad to leave her best friend, but also jumps at the chance to get away from her parents and the feeling of Brian being around her.

After arriving to her boarding school, she meets creepy Jason -- the headmaster's son. He knows what happened with Mallory. He's just all around guy you really want to slap because you know he's creep, but other girls swoon all over because they're oblivious to his level of creepiness.

We also meet her roommate, who moves out the next day...after she finds out about Mallory. She fits right in with the clique girls who ignore and make life harder for Mallory.

We also meet swoony Reid! Reid is the son of Mallory's dad's best friend. Got that?  :) The last time Mallory saw him was at his father's funeral. There was some awkwardness then. But 3 years later, Reid is there for her and is trying to be her friend.

Just when Mallory thought she had left Brian's ghost behind, she starts having the same issues at school with his memory and what she thinks is his ghost. There are noises that scare her and bruises on her shoulder. Also, she keeps spotting Brian's mother's car. So, being the genius that she is, she grabs a knife one day while she and Reid are at a diner and hides it in her room. Oh, Mallory!!!

So, remember creepy Jason that I mentioned? He ends up murdered. In Mallory's room. Her parents show up and her mom stays in a hotel with her while the police do their investigating. We have a nice moment between Mallory and her mom. Mallory's best friend showed up...only to disappear. Dun, dun, duuuuuun!

I was on my toes through this whole book! One minute, you're questioning Mallory's sanity and the next, you're wondering who is screwing with her! Megan had some great research (that she even talked about at her signing) and a great story. You must read this book!


I am lucky enough to live close to Megan and was able to attend her book launch event at a B&N. YAY! I was very excited to meet her and buy a copy of Hysteria. I had just recently read Fracture since I knew I was going to her launch. It was great, too!

For one of my lucky readers, I have a signed copy of HYSTERIA to give away. Just make sure you're 13+ and live in the US or Canada. Just enter with the Rafflecopter!
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  1. Wow, great review. I was first attracted to the cover of this book - it's great. Will have to get my hands on it to read soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. This sounds just as creepy as the cover looks. And I love it when a character has nice moments with their parents, it rarely ever happens! Great review, Lisa!

  3. Great review! I can't wait to read it.

  4. Awesome review. I loved this one too. I will definitely be picking more books from Miranda's. The writing was engrossing.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  5. I love that cover. I'm not big on extraneous love interests, but I loved good friendships and solid endings.

    rowena of Home Interiors Candles