Title – The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Author – Katie Alender
Publication Date – August 25th 2015 by Point
ISBN – 9780545639996
My Rating – ★★★★/5
Delia has inherited a house from her great-aunt. But this is no normal house. A long time ago it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females. An insane asylum that was also know as “Hysteria Hall.” Although a lot of the patients weren’t insane, just rebellious and strong-willed, a lot like Delia.
Even though the institute was shut down years ago the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked inside. Unfortunately, Delia finds herself trapped there in the most horrible way, which is when she learns that Hysteria Hall is haunted.
Ghost girls roam the halls and a teenage boy haunts the grounds. Delia discovers that these spirits are a little unsettled and full of secrets. The house is also hiding it’s own secrets – secrets that Delia must uncover if she wants to be free. But she needs to act quickly before the house’s power consumes everything she loves.
I received a copy of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall from Scholastic New Zealand to review. I’ve never read a book by Katie Alender before but the titles of her other books sound really interesting. Especially Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer.
I went into this book completely blind. I assumed there would be ghosts because of the cover but other than that I had no idea what would happen.
I really liked Delia and her sister Janie. Delia went through a horrible experience at the start of the book ad she does slip into a kind of depression for a while but pulls herself out of it and decides to focus on finding a way out of the mess she finds herself in. Janie goes through something horrible too when she’s still a child but as she’s gotten older she’s become stronger and is determined to find the secrets hidden behind the walls of Hysteria Hall.
This book is full of quirky characters. Some are only mentioned once or twice but there are others that bring a lot of colour to the story.
I found it a bit weird that Delia had to something other than just an evil ghost. But that’s what made it stand out from other ghost stories and haunted houses. I’ve read stories about cars that eat people so this wasn’t that out there. It was really good though.
I really enjoyed The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. It was a quick, easy read and I hope to read more by Katie Alender one day.
*Thank you Scholastic New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*
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