The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall | Book Review

Author: Katie Alender

Rating: 5/5 Stars


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.


When I first bought this book, I didn’t think anything about the author as I was more attracted to the cover art. It was not until later that I realized that I own every book by this author as she is one of my favourite authors! I know it seems like a weird thing not to notice your favourite author’s new book, but I was memorized by the cover and the story that as being portrayed, that I didn’t think anything about it.

The book starts off as the typical horror asylum book. Kid inherits an asylum, not knowing what it was in the past. The difference with this book is that the book takes a drastic change a couple chapters into the book. Without spoiling to much, the house wants revenge and so do the spirits that are trapped in in, but especially one in particular. All the characters are ghost, which is absolutely awesome since it gives the characters different abilities compared to if they were alive. Ghost are able to pass through wall and move objects, yet not be seen by the humans that come to visit the house.

Delia’s spirit is trapped in the house due to a tragic accident and she is trying to get back to where her family is. As a ghost, she realizes that there are limits to where she can go and if she tries hard enough, she can cause damage to those around her.

I highly recommend this book to all, but mostly it is for those who enjoy reading ghost books, or those about asylums and such.


I hope everyone is having a fabulous New Year filled with many book and plenty of tea.

-Read On Darlings!


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