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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Posted by Irish in Review1 Comment

Title: Hysteria (Goodreads)
Publisher: Walker Books

Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 05 February 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0802723101
Format: ebook
Pages: 336

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Megan Miranda – Twitter

Place(s) Traveled to: New Jersey // New Hampshire

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: My mother hid the knife block. In hindsight, that was the first sign.

Ever have one of those books that you just don’t know how to review? Ones that you’ve read a while back and keep meaning to write something about but keep putting it off because there was nothing super memorable about the story? Well, that’s how Hysteria by Megan Miranda was for me. This was a book that first attracted me to it by its cover and creepy sounding premise. I liked the idea Mallory might be an unreliable narrator and the idea that she might be a serial killer in the making.

I expected Hysteria to be a creepy story but for me it was anything but. And for someone that scares easily that is saying a lot. The main plot line hinted at in this story never materialized until near the end of the book. Then events were just rushed through and resolved before I could even say WTF. Not that this was a WTF story but it just all happened so fast and then blink it was over. Which was a bit of a let down since the set up was so very long in the making. 

As a character Mallory was a bit blah and whiny and I really wasn’t all that impressed with her. Nor did I really care for any of the characters. As I mentioned about the plot was drawn out and rushed at the same time and I’m not sure how I managed to finish this one. I guess I just kept expecting something amazing to happen based on the description and how excited people were for this story. 

Hysteria was a meh read for me that in the end wasn’t very memorable. I had to skim through the book in order to remember basic events in the book. Normally I have a really good memory when it comes to stories so the fact that this one is vague means that its not one that I can recommend. As for reading other books by Megan Miranda I am on the fence. This one left me a bit underwhelmed and so I’m in no hurry to check out her other works.

One Response to “Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda”

  1. Vivien

    This is pretty disappointing to hear. I really enjoyed Fractured. This has unfortunately been the main reaction that I’ve seen. But I’m still going to read it 🙂