Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

15 year old Delia has inherited her great-aunt's entire estate which includes a sprawling house with a dark history.  Delia and her family have just arrived to fix up the house for sale and immediately she sees some weird things and has uneasy feelings.  The house used to be an institute for "Troubled Females" - an insane asylum with a long history of women dying within its walls.  Most of those women are still there and they make it clear that they want Delia to join them.

This book is already flying off my shelves because Alender does a great job writing horror for middle schoolers and is very popular.  I'm not that big of a fan and wouldn't have read this one except that it is nominated for one of my reading programs.  It is a good new ghost story and Delia is a likeable heroine although she seems to cover some of the same ground over and over.  I thought I had figured out a twist to the book but I hadn't because there wasn't really a twist.  My idea would've been better, IMHO....

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