In the 20th century, many young doctors diagnosed young women with "hysteria." Per the above definition, hysteria is a wide range of emotions and predominately focused on women. We all learned from history books that 20th-century medical care wasn't 100% kosher, and women were viewed as nothing more than a nuisance. So let's play a game! Let's pretend this is 1919 and our parents have unfairly thrown into the local asylum What are you in for?
I was thrown into an asylum for stabbing spinal cords. I guess that's fair, it's not really becoming of a young lady of my status!
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 (goodreads).