The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

24612533In 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.

How did I get the book? Present

Genre: Horror / ‘creepy’ Mystery / Paranormal

Previously reviewed: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

Review: Despite blurb and haunting looking cover I don’t think this is a horror read.

  • ghosts – check
  • unexplained deaths – check
  • creepy monsters/shadows – check

And yes I am aware that I am the un-scarible one… but despite this Hysteria Hall is more creepy mystery then horror, at least to me it is. So when you read Katie Alender’s The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall you might not agree with my conclusion but it’s definitely worth a look. (Because this might sound like I didn’t enjoy the book when actually I did.)

The premise, setting and our narrator (Delia) all work together to make this book you can easily read in one sitting. I liked the before/after parts at the beginning of the book and to be honest I was not expecting Delia to have the story she did. Hysteria Hall is a lot less predictable then expected which made me enjoy it all the more.

This is the second book by Katie Alender I’ve read and it definitely won’t be the last.

Recommend it?

Yes

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