Who doesn’t love a creepy story of murderer girlfriends? This blogger LOVES those sort of stories — especially when there is a lot of information to unravel AND a mystery and CIRCUMSTANCES. You guys, I just love circumstances. So, technically, Hysteria by Megan Miranda should have been a no-brainer fall head over heels in love sort of book for me. Yet, I just feel so lukewarm toward the book. I’m actually still trying to work out whether my feelings are just me and my circumstances or if it was the book.
Hysteria starts out with a bang. Main character Mallory has murdered her boyfriend with a knife. Mallory doesn’t really remember much of the night — she can’t quite remember the whole event except that she stabbed Brian to death in her kitchen instead of running out the door. As Mallory’s family is super worried for her, and because she wasn’t charged and got off on it being self defense, her parents decide to send her to Monroe school in New Hampshire, a boarding school that her dad went to. Mallory resists because she wants to stay home with her best friend Colleen. Alas, it is not meant to be. While at school she reconnects with this guy Reid, who shot her down years and years ago when she tried to kiss him… on the night of his dad’s funeral. Anyways, Mallory is pretty convinced that she’s being haunted by Brian’s ghost, or at least that someone has it in for her.
I never connected with Mallory. Like there was never a point during reading Hysteria where I thought to myself, hey I could be friends with this person. I am sure stabbing her boyfriend has something to do with it. It’s not that she’s whiny or weak or annoying — she isn’t. I did like Mallory’s friendship with Colleen and how those two would do anything for each other. Yet, I don’t know, I just felt so detached from Mallory. And also, I just couldn’t get into her whole romance with Reid, like her ex boyfriend hasn’t been cold in the ground for too long. Granted, there are reasons — but still. I think that had to do with some of my indifference towards Mallory.
Unfortunately this book took me forever to read. I am not sure if it’s because my week was insanely busy or if it was my general lack of interest in what happened to Mallory. What I can say is that I seemed to read This Is What Happy Looks Like much faster, and that book is way longer. I was in no way hooked by the story, and that sucks because I came in totally wanting to love the book. ALSO. I should say, one of the things that frustrated me was how long it took to find out the whole circumstances of Mallory’s killing her boyfriend. It just seemed to drag on and on, and I was all JUST TELL US ALREADY.
I will say, although Hysteria was a dud for me, I will still try Megan Miranda’s other book, Fracture. You guys, the whole reason I didn’t connect could have been either my stress or the book and it’s really up in the air at this point. So what I am really trying to say is — don’t discount Hysteria because of me. Chances are you might really like it and connect with Mallory. Personally, I didn’t but I would still recommend this book to people who like books that are subtly chilling with a hint of a ghost story.
Disclosure: Received for review, but I also purchased a copy yesterday.
Other reviews of Hysteria by Megan Miranda:
Chick Loves Lit – “HYSTERIA certainly delivers”
Pure Imagination – “it was exhausting”
The Nocturnal Library – “This book was a lot of things, but mysterious it wasn’t”