Publication Date: 14th February 2013
Book Source: Bloomsbury Publishing & NetGalley
Synopsis: 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?
Hysteria is a pacey read, part psychological thriller, part mystery, part mess ... what I enjoyed was the sinister undercurrent and eerie almost gothic feel. What didn't really work for me was the lack of cohesion between the two mystery story lines.
Mallory is an unreliable narrator, the trauma of killing her boyfriend and subsequent gaps in her memory contribute to the reader’s uncertainty – questioning sanity, truth or lie, hysteria or reality - I do like feeling off balance.
One of my favourite things in Hysteria was Mallory and Colleen's friendship, their loyalty was tested and their friendship stayed strong, a refreshing quality in contemporary YA. Not so enjoyable were the school stereotypes ... definite *yawn*
All up I liked Hysteria, but for me the things lacking prevented it being a great read. On the plus side, the creepy factor kept me turning the pages.
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