by Megan Miranda


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802735928
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 110,446
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

MEGAN MIRANDA is the author of Fracture and its upcoming companion Vengeance. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the “why” and “how” of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the “what-ifs.” She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children.

www.meganmiranda.com www.facebook.com/MeganMirandaAuthor


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Hysteria 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
cubicleblindnessKM More than 1 year ago
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.
OtotheD More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had its moments but not one of my favorites
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definite page turner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!
YoungAdultBookHaven More than 1 year ago
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!
TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
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!** 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Everyone knows that Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian, and that it was done in self-defense. No one, including Mallory is sure what really happened though. With her parents’ fear and the curiosity and contempt of the community beating at her incessantly, they have become the constant companions to her own anxiety. Mallory’s parents ship her off to Monroe, which is a fancy prep school with the hope of giving her a fresh start. It is also the place where the currency fueling the social interactions are secrets. It doesn’t take long before Mallory’s secret is uncovered. It is then used against her. Someone wants Mallory dead and they also know exactly what happened between Mallory and Brian. Mallory needs to remember the details of that night because until she does, Mallory and everyone around her, is in grave danger. This is book that keeps the reader guessing until the very end as to what really happened between Mallory and Brian. Just as the reader thinks they have it figured out another clue is revealed that makes the reader start guessing all over again. The action is fast and moves the story along at a very fast pace. This book will also have readers wanting to check out this author’s other books as this one is written very well. If you love suspense this is definitely the book to check out.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: When I first saw the cover I was a little freaked out. Then I read the synopsis and the cover sort of grew on me. It's weird... but there's something thoroughly awesomely creepy about the whole thing. Just like reading the book. It is a mess of confusion, there's no doubt, but it is worth it. I felt compassion for Mallory from the start. Her family is so distant, and it makes my heart break, especially knowing the struggle Mallory is facing INSIDE her head alone. They force her to go to the prep school, and she's basically alone there, even though she does have people she can talk to. I really liked the way Mallory interacted with her best friend Colleen and with Reid, the boy she knew before she transferred to the school. She keeps getting these strange feelings that overcome her, weird sensations that take over her mind and body. She doesn't know who to trust, or if she can even trust herself. As you're reading, you sometimes think you know what happened but then you doubt yourself. Especially when you're nearing the end. With all the tricks of the mind that Mallory has had, along with the realities coming to light, you just don't know what to think. The actual end, where we find out the truth, had moments of insanity but I was surprisingly pleased with it. Reading Hysteria was a ride and a half. Everything that Mallory goes through, real and imagined, is so completely thrilling and scary at the same time. There is so much going on, and not going on, that it keeps you on the edge of your seat. All in all, Megan Miranda can really create a story that is both chilling and pulls you in until you can't get enough. My Rating: Very Good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.