Hysteria
by Megan Miranda









Hysteria
by Megan Miranda

Summary
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.

Characters
NameMallory
GenderFemale
AgeTeenager
OccupationStudent
AttributesCan't remember killing her boyfriend; considered self-defense; ships out to Monroe Academy to escape the small community; student is found dead at her school; searches for the truth


Genre
Young adult fiction
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Mystery
    --Women sleuths
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Topics
Life changes
Small town life
Murder
Self-defense
Travel
Teenage girls
Secrets
Mysteries
Love
Search for truth

Time Period
2000s -- 21st Century





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.





Megan Miranda is the author of Fracture. She studied Biology and Anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she twice won a coveted award for research in Bioengineering. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. http://www.meganmiranda.com/





Gr 9 Up-In this suspenseful page turner, readers quickly discover that 16-year-old Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian, with a knife. The details of what exactly happened that night-and why-prove more elusive, trickling out bit by breathless bit over the course of the story. Though Mallory isn't charged with murder, her parents send her away to a rural boarding school to escape the gossip as well as Brian's unstable, grief-stricken mother, who won't leave Mallory's family alone. But Mallory can't escape her disturbing dreams or the sense that Brian is haunting her. It's unclear whether the strange events have a supernatural cause, are a stalker's doing, or are all in Mallory's mind as she struggles to cope with her guilt and fear. At Monroe, her new school, she finds that she doesn't fit in. She might be falling for Reid, the son of an old family friend, but the romance seems doomed from the start. Another shocking event, and a visit from her parents and best friend, bring all of the secrets and lies out into the open. The protagonist is not always a sympathetic character; some of her actions leave room for doubt about whether she actually did commit murder. This is a satisfying novel, if sometimes overly melodramatic. Mystery and suspense fans will be hooked from the moment Mallory describes the puddle of blood on her kitchen floor.-Miranda Doyle, Lake Oswego School District, OR (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.





As in Miranda's debut, Fracture, this eerie tale centers on a heroine broken and transformed by a deeply traumatic experience. The police called it "justifiable homicide," but Mallory Murphy isn't certain: she can't remember exactly what happened the night she killed her boyfriend, Brian. Mallory is ostracized by Brian's friends, her sleep is haunted by a terrifying presence, and Brian's grieving mother has turned into a deranged stalker. The teenager attempts to make a fresh start at a New Hampshire boarding school, but Monroe Prep turns out to contain both friends and enemies, and it's not always clear where Mallory's paranoid distrust ends and real danger begins. Worse, Mallory hasn't escaped the specter in her dreams, and her bloody history is an open secret, making her the prime suspect when a student is cruelly murdered. Miranda's enveloping prose style and the story's sinuous plot result in a thriller that questions the reliability of memory, the insidiousness of guilt, and what it truly means to be haunted. Ages 12-up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.





Mallory can't remember what happened the night she killed her boyfriend, Brian, after he broke into her house. Even though she was cleared of all charges, she is harassed at school and stalked by Brian's grief-stricken mother and at night, Brian's accusing presence haunts her. She is relieved to be sent to Monroe Prep for a fresh start, but it's not long before the mean girls and golden boys expose her past. Worse, the watchful presence tormenting her hasn't gone away. When another boy is killed, Mallory must discover the truth. Is she being hunted? Or is she a killer? Miranda creates a chilling atmosphere, setting up a potentially unreliable narrator and the paranormal elements well, but the story loses momentum the more convoluted it grows. The final explanation is so unnecessarily complicated that it's close to implausible. Despite the disappointing conclusion, Mallory is convincing in her reactions, and even though her romance with a popular student is standard fare, her strong relationships with her best friend and her mother stand out.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2010 Booklist






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