I love a good ghost story. Sure, blood and gore are fine. But the scariest stories take you right to the edge and no farther, leaving your imagination to conjure things far scarier than the author’s words alone could ever manage. This one from Katie Alender does just that.
When Delia’s aunt passes away, it comes as a surprise that she’s left her home to Delia. Sure, they wrote to each other from time to time. But they weren’t especially close, or at least that’s how it seemed to Delia. But apparently she was wrong. So off she goes with her mom, dad, and sister to clean out the rambling estate and sell it off.
She wasn’t prepared, however, to be the owner of an abandoned insane asylum. And not only that, but it’s haunted. When the first odd happenings start, she brushes it off as just her imagination. But then things get too real too fast. And then Delia’s dead.
Here’s where the real fun begins. Now she’s one of them. She can see, feel, and communicate with the other ghosts at Hysteria Hall. And boy, are there plenty of them. It seems that more than a few patients didn’t ever leave. Now they’re stuck there forever. Delia probably could have resigned herself to wandering the hallways for eternity. Until her family comes back to the house. She can’t just sit around and watch her sister suffer the same fate she did.
This was a fun book to read. Lots of ghosts with great descriptions, high on the goosebumps factor, and high on the page-turning scale. Also a great read for young adults!
Buy It Now: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall