Title: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Author: Katie Alender
Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Mystery
Published: August 2015 by Point
Rating: 5 Stars
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In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time…
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 that’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 she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’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.
This is the very first book that I will be reviewing and honestly I’m excited about it. Why? Well because I love anything horror and has some mystery to it. Which this book does have and was everything I was hoping it would be. It was well-written and entertaining. There were a few things that I disliked but the rest of the book made up for that. If you have not read a book by Katie Alender, you should! This was the second book I read by her and she does an excellent job making her books creepy and entertaining.
Delia is sixteen and has a slight troubled past when she inherits an old house from a dead aunt whom she barely knows. However, they find out the aunt’s death was a suicide. Her very academic parents have largely lost trust in her. Then you have her younger sister who at times seems to seek attention by getting Delia into trouble. Delia in my opinion is your typical real teenage girl minus being a brat.
When they arrive to the town,the folks give them ominous reactions, and the house itself happens to be a former insane asylum. Leaving Delia to find the place to be creepy and easy to get lost in. Throughout the time the family stays there, strange things start to happen. Everything that happens to her is believable, to the point that I felt how she was feeling.
The other characters that are staying in the house are ghost, but they have their own stories of what has happened to them in the asylum. Delia was a bit rude to the ghost haunting the place at first. Which I did find wrong because they only wanted to talk and help her. However, it is a little understandable with what Delia is going through.
The only things I really didn’t like was how quickly stuff happened to Delia. I would have liked it if there was more build up to the story. Also how the parents reacted to Delia’s hysteria about the place. However, it is also something that I do like because it can be a typical reaction for some parents. There is another thing but I don’t want to spoil it for those who have not read the book but it is the ending. I felt like the story could’ve gone on for a couple more pages explaining what happened to the characters.
Other than that, I really loved the book. Katie Alender has become an author whose books I will buy without thinking twice. It’s something I do plan on reading again and I do recommend it to others. If you end up reading this far, please remember it is my first review. So I may not be excellent at it.