Title: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Author: Katie Alender
Publish Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I adore horror and read it as much as possible. The moment I saw this book coming up for a Rockstar Book Tours review tour, I knew it had to be mine. I've never read this author before--this novel had me at the description and cover--but believe me, I will be reading more from Katie Alender.
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall was everything I was hoping it would be. It is filled with intriguing characters, a fast-paced plot, and an entire spooky asylum full of restless and vengeful ghosts.
I adore how the plot unfolds, starting with Delia inheriting a mansion from her great aunt Cordelia, and Delia (her aunt's "Little Namesake") learning that it was once a mental institution for troubled women. Learning of the house's history, its inhabitants and their unexplained deaths, the dark energy that is the house, and the never-ending twists and turns gripped me. It was impossible to put this book down.
Though I love a tough female character who kicks butt, Delia isn't my favorite character. Her sister, Janie, won me over. She goes from being a bratty, yet bubbly, little sister to a goth-girl teen with grit and determination. She happens to be a troubled teen--trying to understand her sister's death and her guilt and feeling responsible for what happened that terrible night--which makes her the perfect next victim for Hysteria Hall.
The time shifts were truly genius. I imagine this is exactly how time could work if a ghost was stuck somewhere between life and whatever comes after. These time shifts allowed time to slow to allow Delia to attempt to assess her feelings and cope with being a ghost as well as to pass in a blink of an eye to progress the story smoothly.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. It is a well written novel with enough frightening twists to sleep with a lamp on.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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