I loved this book. I’m usually not one for ghost stories or haunted houses, however this novel was much much more. Delia is a teenager with an authoritarian father, a mother who teaches women’s studies, and a younger sister who is perfect. Delia’s great aunt whom she’s never met has left her a house. The family decides to spend the summer there and ready the property for sale. However, the house is really the former site for the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females. If that name doesn’t give you the chills, then nothing will. And of course, it’s haunted.
Through a series of idiotic moves on her parents’ parts, Delia becomes a permanent resident of the hospital when she dies (or is murdered). This is the best novel I’ve read from a ghost’s point of view. Alender creates interesting and varied characters that are trying to do exactly what live people do – live their lives in peace and avoid trouble. However, Hysteria Hall has more than enough trouble for both the living and the dead.
I won’t go into any more detail, since I really do want you to read the book. I enjoyed this novel, sat on the edge of my seat and cried at the end. Just what you look for in a good book. I highly recommend this novel!