Hysteria: A Novel by Elisabeth De MariaffiHysteria: A Novel by Elisabeth De Mariaffi

Hysteria: A Novel

byElisabeth De Mariaffi

Paperback | March 6, 2018

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The closer she gets to the truth, the faster it slips away.

Heike Lerner’s life looks perfect from the outside: she’s settled into an easy routine of caring for her young son, Daniel, and spends her days wandering the woods near their summer house, while her nights are filled with clinking glasses and charming conversation. It all helps to keep her mind at ease—or at least that’s what her husband, Eric, tells her. But lately, Heike’s noticed there are some things out of place: a mysterious cabin set back in the trees and a strange little girl who surfaces alone at the pond one day, then disappears—while at home Eric is becoming increasingly more controlling. Something sinister that Heike cannot quite put her finger on is lingering just beneath the surface of this idyllic life.

It’s possible Heike’s worries are all in her head, but when the unthinkable happens—Daniel vanishes while she and Eric are at a party one night—she can no longer deny that something is very wrong. 

Desperate to find her son, Heike will try anything, but Eric insists on a calm that feels so cold she wonders if she can trust him at all. 

Could Eric be involved in Daniel’s disappearance? Or has some darker thing taken him? The closer Heike gets to the truth, the faster it slips away. But she will not rest until she finds her son. 


Title:Hysteria: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443453404

ISBN - 13:9781443453400

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unnerving This is certainly creepy & unnerving. I found it a mixed bag in terms of parts that were hard to put down & kept you turning the pages, but it was interspersed with parts that I didn't find quite as compelling.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book. I absolutely loved this book. Who wouldn't love a book that includes the lines 'All the best stories start with a girl alone in the woods' and '...when Eric's attention had moved from sweet talk to something heavy, a hand on the back of her neck...' ? The book opens in 1945 with teen-aged Heike escaping from war-torn Germany. It then skips ahead to America in the mid-50's. Heike is spending the summer in the Finger Lakes district of upstate New York with her young son and her psychiatrist husband, who works at a nearby Mental Health Asylum. But in this seemingly idyllic setting, all is not what it seems. Perception and reality are difficult to distinguish. This author has created at narrative that is terrifying, sometimes creepy, and quite provocative. Definitely a 'can't put down until I finish' book.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You do not want to miss this!! Elisabeth De Mariaffi does not disappoint! This book captured my attention from the very first page! The vivid imagery, rich character description, and complete unpredictability made me feel as if I were one of the characters in a Hitchcock film! Yes, it was that good! De Mariaffi takes the reader back in time to the1950's, seamlessly weaving in issues that are still prevalent in modern day society. A must read and I couldn't imagine a better book to put on screen!! The worst thing about finishing it so soon is that I have to wait so long for her next book to come out!
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book had me hooked from the first page and didn't let up. I stayed up late because I had to know what would happen next and I was rewarded with a truly satisfying ending. Hysteria is full of memorable characters and cinematic details. The writer has really captured the 1950s and yet the story also felt incredibly relevant. Read this book!
Date published: 2018-03-16

Editorial Reviews

Hysteria is a powerful piece of fictional misdirection, of establishing readerly expectations and upending them, repeatedly, to tremendous effect. It is at once thought-provoking, tautly suspenseful and genuinely surprising.”