GoodReads 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.
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Expected publication date: 14/02/13
Unfortunately this is another case of "had potential but failed in execution."
Hysteria was a let down on so many levels. After seeing the cover and reading the synopsis I was expecting a thriller with a mysterious atmosphere and an unpredictable plot. What I actually got was an unlikable heroine in a boarding school with means girls and two guys vying for her attention.
Mallory was an annoying and immature mc who I could not muster any sympathy for. In a flashback she explains that she was interested in Dylan (Brian's brother) and the feeling was mutual (even though he had a girlfriend) so she flirted with him and then one day decided to kiss him. She thought that after the kiss he'd break up with his girlfriend, but he doesn't as he's not sure about the whole thing. After that rejection what does Mallory decide to do? She goes after his brother Brian because apparently she knew "He'd kiss [her] back" and he was "a way to forget". Ughhh...
After killing her boyfriend it's obvious that Mallory is traumatised. So you'd think school, or more specifically boarding school wouldn't be the wisest place for her to be only months later. But no, she gets sent there and somehow manages to steal a knife at one point. Is it just me or does this seem hard to believe?
Reid, one of the love interests was more likable than Mallory, but I honestly, couldn't for the life of me figure out what he saw in Mallory.
The first few chapters are interesting, but the rest of the book is filled with flat/stereotypical characters, over the top boarding school drama and a number of spooky happenings which although at first are creepy quickly become predictable.