ARC Review: Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Posted September 28, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

ARC Review: Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie AlenderThe Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
Published by Point on August 25th 2015
Source: Free for Review

In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the timeÂ…
Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.
But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped.
And thatÂ’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.
Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.
But sheÂ’ll need to act quickly, before the houseÂ’s power overtakes everything she loves.
From master of suspense Katie Alender comes a riveting tale of twisted memories and betrayals, and the meaning of madness.

I was sent this book directly from the publisher. My first book mail ever! I was looking forward to reading it because it looked creepy. I grew up reading Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Bentley Little. Horror novels were my first loves.  Unfortunately, I have yet to find a ya novel that really scares me. I still have faith, it will come.

Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is no different, so if horror isn’t for you, you have no worries. I don’t think this book will scare you at all. However, it was delightfully eerie. Delia and her parents move into a creepy old mansion left to her by an aunt. This mansion was once used as an asylum for the “Care and Correction of Troubled Women”. Delia realizes right away that there is something wrong in the house and begs her parents to leave. They listen about as well as you would expect. It was at this point in the book that everything changed for me.

Going into this story, I thought it would be typical. There’s a formula that works with scary stories. The main character discovers something and no one believes her. The she stumbles on an ally and together they investigate and solve the problem. This was what I was expecting but not at all what happened. Something happens to Delia that absolutely blew my mind. View Spoiler » I always try to figure out where the book is going and what the author has planned. I know meta-thinking books is frowned upon, but I also flip to the end of murder mysteries. Its my nature.

This book was such a good story because it was unexpected. I had a lot of preconceived notions going into it but not one ended up being correct. This story really snuck up on me. I didn’t think that I would like it. I thought it would be boring and formulaic but it was anything but that. I spent the entire book wondering what could possibly happen next.

If creepy is your think and you like surprises, definitely check out this book.


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