Ghosts. Chances are we’ve probably all have read a book or two dealing with these restless spirits. Me, I’m a sucker for these types of books. The very first ghost story or set of ghost stories I ever read were Alvin Swartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. What was meant to scare me, though, made me fall in love with them.
One of the most disturbing aspects of ghosts, however, is you never truly know if said spirits is a positive or a negative spook. If you’ve seen the first season of American Horror Story then you understand 100% (dang it, Tate!). Then you have ghosts like Casper who is obviously the friendly ghost who always tries to do the right thing. Over the course of history, in folklore and modern storytellers, ghosts have been spun in different directions as to who they are and how they became themselves.
Two weeks ago, I finished The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender. The book entails the malicious and other misunderstood spirits of an old abandoned Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females or Hysteria Hall, respectively. Cordelia “Delia” has inherited the family heirloom of sorts from her recently deceased great aunt who died from mysterious causes.
Delia and her family travel to the site in order to “clean it up” for possible sale in the future. Upon arriving, Delia is under the impression that someone is watching her. Soon, strange events begin to occur, leading up to an important characters death. This opens the door to the exposure of the other ghosts who haunt the property.
The story is ok, it has it’s highs and lows. What I would have liked is more details on the different patients other than the ones we were given along with more back stories. I’m a sucker for backstories, sue me. It was pretty slow at certain points but then it felt like you were jabbed in the side with an adrenaline shot and forced to fast forward in time (literally). Regardless, it took me awhile because I was juggling between other books as well. As soon as a slow spot creeped it’s way back into my line of vision, I switched to another book then went back.
For the evil spirits that lurked at the asylum, it needed better background explanation. I don’t know, it didn’t seem like we were given much. Yes, there was a murder, but it didn’t fully explain why the evil entities existed. Other than that, pleasant read. I sincerely hope Katie Alender writes a sequel only going into the evil spirits.
My Rating: 7 out of 10 Book Charms