The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

by Katie Alender


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Delia's new house isn't just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females — an insane asylum nicknamed "Hysteria Hall." However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.But the house still wants to keep "troubled" girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that's when she learns that the house is also haunted.Ghost girls wander the hallways in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia learns that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, too, harbors shocking truths within its walls — truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.And she'll need to act quickly — before the house's power overtakes everything she loves.Katie Alender brings heart-pounding suspense, gorgeous writing, and a feminist twist to this tale of memories and madness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545639996
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 218,392
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Katie Alender is the acclaimed author of several novels for young adults, including the Bad Girls Don't Die series; Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer; and Famous Last Words. A graduate of the Florida State University Film School, Katie now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her daughter, and her very spoiled dog, Winston. She enjoys reading, sewing, and eating delicious high-calorie foods. To find out more about Katie visit

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From THE DEAD GIRLS OF HSYTERIA HALLI got up off the bed, knocking over the little wood stool. It rolled away. As I grabbed it and set it upright, I got a glimpse of the underside of the seat. There was a pair of sentences scratched into it. Or, more accurately, one and a half sentences. ONCE I WAS HUMAN BUT THEY HAVE TAKEN MY HUMANITY. ONCE I WAS ALIVE BUT THEY It ended there. That was all it said. My heart pounding, I gently set the stool upright. But as soon as my fingers had let go of the smooth, round edge, it knocked itself over...and started rolling toward me again. At first, I watched in silence, not really able to believe what my eyes were seeing. Then it bumped up against my foot. I scrambled backward, running into the bed. Something came loose behind me. When I turned, I saw what I had dislodged -- a leather strap, complete with buckles, bolted to the bed frame. When I lifted the bedspread, I found two more -- one for ankles, and a big one that would fit perfectly across a torso. Don't freak out, I told myself. Just go. Get your things and go. I grabbed my bookbag, double-checked to make sure I had my phone and charger, and started into the hall. The bathroom door gaped open, and I caught a flash of lightning through the window. I paused, wishing I'd thought to bring a raincoat, when a high-pitched scream filled the air. It was the kind of sound that stops your heart and overloads your brain, leaving you blank except for the sudden, all-consuming awareness of a person in horrible distress. Janie! My parents' footsteps thundered down the hall, but I reached Janie first. I gasped at the sight that greeted me -- She was strapped to the bed.

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The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
readingbear1 More than 1 year ago
Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is an exceptional book; everything about it is different point of view on death and afterlife. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy this book. Another thing I love about this book is it teaches you that people are different than how they look and not everyone is how they act. And finally I love it because it’s suspenseful and thrilling. The plot of this book is very interesting.The main character Delia is trying to find out why her new home is haunted and who’s causing it and how she can stop it. When Delia's great aunt dies, Delia gets her house, which she finds out was the Piven Institute for Care and Correction of Troubled Females aka Hysteria Halls. But something is roaming the house and grounds, and Delia notices all the strange things happening, and it makes her curious; but you know what they say -- curiosity killed the cat. It’s up to Delia to fix everything her family did before it’s too late and everything she loves is gone. I recommend this book because it really shows you a different point of view of death and afterlife than you’re used to. It shows us that ghosts have to learn to be ghost, they can’t fly and if they fall asleep they sleep for months. Although if you are triggered by death, torture and/or other things that have to do with the death of young children, do not read this book because it does involve the telling of young girls’ deaths. But if you enjoy or are not triggered by those things, then this book is great for you. The book is different, interesting, and suspenseful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an amazing book. I have read it like 5 times! I really recommend this book to thrill seekers and people who love suspense but are not afraid of a little thrill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good setting and charcters kept me invested throughout definitely will try more books by author.
Jay_Riv More than 1 year ago
This book quickly drew my in. The thoughts and glimpses of what is to come snatched me up before I was even aware fully what this story was about (I started reading it before reading the synopsis). In some ways It maybe moved too fast at first. Even though I was expecting it before I was even a quarter into the book the big drama unfolded rapidly before me There is an interesting variety of characters, although honestly I had the hardest time pegging down Delia herself. She just didn't have a character presence one way or another and the whole story was from her perspective. It is not that she was bad, just bland. I felt more for her family that I did her! Her sister had so much more personality. So did other, more minor characters. Still, it was an entertaining read. Quick and easy with a few creepy parts. Not quite actually horror but possibly unsettling. I haven't quite made up my mind about the ending. Not good but not bad either. It was just there (like the MC). A bit more excitement or haunted things happening would have been nice. Or if it had been a bit darker.... It just felt that something held this back from being a truly GOOD read. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it yet I saw potential. 3.5 stars This was my first book by Katie Alender and I would be willing to read more by her in the future.
SCHSReader1 More than 1 year ago
This book is about a headstrong girl named Delia. When Delia inherits a house from her forgotten aunt she finds out that it isn't a regular old house. In the 1800’s it was an Institute for Troubled Women that was called Hysteria Hall. When the owner of the house died the house became a powerful ruler of its own. The house wanted to keep troubled women locked away like the brutal owner did. So when Delia gets trapped she has to fight for her life, but she learns that the house is haunted and Delia and her ghost acquaintances need to act quick before the house takes her family and everything she loves. I think that this book is a good story for young teens 12 and older. It will interest teenagers that like super natural phenomenon, ghosts, and drama. It is suspenseful and interesting. You should read this book! I think this book is one of the best books I have ever read.
bookyabber More than 1 year ago
The book opens talking about Deliah and the relationship she had with her great aunt. They wrote letters back and forth. I can relate to that, I had the same kind of relationship with my grandmother, so immediately I was drawn to Deliah. I’m going to break the book into three parts. The beginning of the book was tense, suspenseful, and gripping! The family is inside Hysteria Hall and all sorts of out-of-the-ordinary things start to happen. I was hooked! I was excited for the mystery to unfold, but I was also really enjoying being creeped out! The middle section of the book is where it’s going to lose all its points, unfortunately. The middle section drags and has much, too much banter! I realize the character is going through a new situation and some amount of explanation is required, but goodness, this just seemed excessive. It felt like added fluff to make the story more bulky. Some of it was needed, sure, but a good amount I think could have been skipped. There was a time where I almost put the book down and marked as DNF (did not finish). But, the hook from the beginning of the story was still in me and I had to know how it resolved. The end portion of the book definitely picked up from the lag middle portion. The creepy came back! The story started to unravel, hell broke loose, and I was so, so pleased to see the creepy return. Katie Alender does creep and suspense perfectly. The story in its entirety was such a clever one. It was filled with twists and turns and just when you think you’ve solved it, something else is thrown into the mix. Very nicely executed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me guessing till the end I loved it
Amber_Elise More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall surprisingly had a lot of heart for a book about a dead girl. Plot: Delia Piven has just inherited her great aunt's home which just so happily turns out to be the ruins of an old mental institute for "troubled" young women. After an act of teenage rebellion, Delia's parents decide that they should spend the summer at the spooky old institute for some good old family bonding. Obviously Delia is immediately killed by a supernatural force and she spends the following years learning how to come to terms with her new state and aids the other ghosts in uncovering the mystery as to why none of the young women who died at the institute are unable to cross over. For a book about ghosts, I felt hat The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall was missing a certain level of creepy that I have come to expect from Katie Alender. I think this is because the ghosts communicate with each other like normal people which really humanized them for me. Besides the whole ghostly aspect, family is a big theme in this novel and I really enjoyed Delia's memories and revelations about her younger sister who starts off as a brat and grows into her own woman. Characters: Delia is your standard teenager. She breaks the rules, slams doors and has her moment of brooding. It was interesting to see Delia put her human life into perspective after her death which made me reflect on the little things in my own mortality. There are plenty of ghosts that haunt the interior and exterior of the Hall but only a handful of ghosts truly help push the story forward. I would have liked more exploration of the ghosts how they met their grisly ends. World Building: Hysteria Hall is both huge and spooky; however Delia doesn't really use much of the space. I would have loved a map (maybe we'll get one?) to get an idea of the landscape. Short N Sweet: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall has a lot of heart and a lot of ghosts, unfortunately, it was missing the creepy factor.
DevinsBookHub More than 1 year ago
Ever since I discovered "A Haunting" on Discovery Channel back when I was in middle school the paranormal has fascinated me. Sure, The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall may be a work of fiction, but that doesn't mean anything. I enjoy reading about the paranormal, whether fact or fake, and because this book has to do with the paranormal it really interested me. Delia, who is 16, is labeled as a "troubled teen" after she and her friends worked out a plan to fly to Daytona with her friends without their parents knowing. Except there's two things: one, she doesn't really want to go, and two, she ended up getting caught whilst at the airport after her parents caught wind of it. Oh, and her boyfriend broke up with her over text. Then comes the news that she inherited her Aunt Cordelia's house, an aunt she's never actually met but corresponded with via snail mail when she was younger. As it turns out, her Aunt Cordelia lived in the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females, or, better known by its nickname, Hysteria Hall. Founded in 1866 by Maxwell G. Piven, it ran until the 1940s until it was closed down. It's decided that the family will be spending the entire summer at the institute as a punishment for Delia's whole nearly flying to Florida scheme. The family packs their bags and travels to nowhere, Pennsylvania. Although the rest of her family doesn't believe her, Delia is experiencing paranormal activity as soon as she steps inside the house, making her want to leave. The house is without a doubt haunted, but only she seems to be able to see it. Why? What century old secrets does the house hold between its walls? I don't have anything negative to say about the book. It's definitely one of the most well-paced books I have ever read. There's never a dull moment and there isn't any fluff to make the story be longer. Everything about it flows so naturally. The plot is both suspenseful and mysteries and also contains some twists (as does any book) that the reader may or may not see coming. I really liked the overall plot of the book and the direction it moved. I honestly can't put my finger on a particular aspect on why I loved the plot and pacing so much but I really, really liked how this book was laid out and advanced chapter by chapter. The concepts, the characters, really everything I really enjoyed. I wouldn't say it's one of my favorite reads, hence the four star rating, but don't get me wrong, it's still an enjoyable read. Especially if you like paranormal. Should you read this book? As long as you're into the genre and synopsis, definitely! It's clean, there's no romance as subplot, it's just a good 'ol read about a girl trying to solve a paranormal mystery. Note: I had received a copy of this book from the publisher for reviewing purposes.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
As soon as I first saw the title and cover of The Dead Girls Of Hysteria Hall I knew this was a book that I wanted to read, the blurb only made me even more eager for it, so receiving an ARC for review had me very excited. I don't generally read a lot of books that feature ghosts, only because I like to read before bed and reading something like this creeps me out, in the dark at night, every little sound having you second guess what is making that noise, it got to the point where it was freaking me out so much I could only read it during the day, that was how well written this story was. The twist at the start of the book was unexpected and shocking, not what I was expecting at all and that added to the eeriness and sense of anticipation this story held, nerve-wracking and at times heart-racing there is never a dull moment. There seems to be nothing more creepier than a supposedly abandoned asylum, as I can attest to after making my way through this book. Those who are looking for a thrilling story that will be sure to give you a bit of a scare, definitely give The Dead Girls Of Hysteria Hall a try, you won't be disappointed.