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Hysteria - Megan Miranda I received an e-ARC of Hysteria from the publisher for possible review on my blog.Hysteria opens as Mallory is trying to cope with a horrific incident. She killed her boyfriend, Brian. In her family's kitchen. She's traumatized. And Brian's mother is constantly parked outside her house, watching her. So Mallory is sent to the same boarding school her father attended as a way to a) give her a fresh start and b) get her away from the boyfriend's mother. In a sort of Edgar Allan Poe touch to the story, she keeps hears this pounding, like the Telltale Heart. She has nightmares. But, I mean, she just killed someone. Gossip spreads quickly at her new school, and once again she's a pariah. The one person who's nice to her is Reid, a fellow student who remembers her from the time her family attended his father's funeral.Hysteria has a number of flashbacks -- something I'm not generally a fan of -- but I think they were necessary to contextualize Mallory's crime. There is -- eventually -- an explanation for what happened. Then Mallory is either having weird hallucinations or someone is trying to drive her insane. Or both. Between the flashbacks and the hallucinations, Hysteria had me confused at times. I really felt that I was experiencing the world through the eyes of someone who has a tenuous grasp on reality. Due to her fragile mental state, Mallory isn't the easiest character to identify with, and there were times when I thought she might have lost it completely. I think that is the most interesting part of the book: I was never sure what to believe. I don't love being confused when I read, but I really do enjoy unreliable narrators.If you love psychological thrillers, I definitely recommend Hysteria. Be prepared to be confused, but know that by the end, everything does make sense.Read full review -- and why my husband thinks I need to stop reading creepy books -- on my blog, YA Romantics