Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda


Mallory's life is falling apart. 
Her boyfriend was stabbed. He bled to death in her kitchen. Mallory was the one who stabbed him. But she can't remember what happened that night. She only remembers the fear...

When Mallory's parents send her away to a boarding school, she thinks she can escape the gossip and the threats. But someone, or something, has followed her. There's the hand that touches her shoulder when she's drifting off to sleep. A voice whispering her name. And everyone knows what happened. So when a pupil is found dead, Mallory's name is on their lips. 

Her past can be forgotten but it's never gone. Can Mallory live with that? 

I don't really know what I can say about this book other than that I loved the premise but Miranda failed to deliver completely. I was so intrigued by the mystery that was given in the blurb with the murder and the lack of memories, though I was wary of the mysterious boarding school setting since it's just used so much in this type of book.

The fact of the matter is that it didn't really live up to my expectations, I felt so disconnected from the story because the writing was so sparse and undetailed and stopped me from connecting with the plot and characters, a problem that I also had with Miranda's previous book Fracture. 

I never really wanted to put down the book because I wanted to know what had driven Mallory to commit the crime, I loved the flashbacks at the beginning of each chapter it was a great idea from Miranda that kept me reading in the slower parts.

However, the characters were yet another let down. The boarding school characters were a little boring and stereotypical, there's the overconfident cocky boy and the bullying girls and they were nothing new. At least Reid, the love interest came across as a little more developed since Mallory has a history with him. I loved Colleen, the awesome best friend who is still there for Mallory despite the fact that she killed a boy.

Overall, Hysteria was a let down after how much I hyped myself up. I felt very disconnected from the plot and characters and whilst I stayed interested I didn't really feel much emotion.

Book released 14th February by Bloomsbury Childrens
eBook received for review (NetGalley)

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