Published by Walker Childrens on February 5th 2013
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.
Hysteria was completely entrancing from the first page. Mallory is completely convinced she killed her boyfriend, but she's not sure how it all happened, having lost memory from that night. But she was never convicted. Unfortunately his family does not believe she was simply defending herself and she must be sent off to boarding school to have her safe. Mallory is quite the broken character, haunted by an event that she cannot remember.
But the prep school she is attending has it's own secrets and seems to only intensify her own horrifying dreams until she feels like she is going crazy. And then a dead body ends up in her room with knife that she had in her bottom drawer. Who could be behind the murder? Mallory must find out what is really going on, while dealing with her own delusions and past.
This was probably one of the most thrilling books I've read in a while and I wondered if it would have a paranormal element to it. You'll have to read it to find out what actually happened to Mallory. Mallory herself is a bit of an emotional wreck throughout the book, as she should be. I loved the new love interest Reid, who seems to believe her story and seems to want to help her. He's a bit of a constant in the book, making you hope that Mallory really isn't a killer.
Final Verdict: Definitely a read that will have you on the edge of your seat and gives quite the surprise at the end.