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THE HYSTERIA by Evan Ronan


Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, Evan Ronan, for an honest review.

Genre: Paranormal/Mystery/Horror/Adult

Plot: This is the fourth book in the paranormal thriller series The Unearthed by Evan Ronan.

Morgan Turner believes that his missing daughter Megan has been possessed, and asks for Eddie McCloskey’s help in finding her. Not only was Megan constantly fainting before she vanished, but now her sister Melanie is as well. As Eddie starts to investigate around town, with the help of a team of federal agents, they find that countless bodies are turning up as well as more disappearances.

The team concludes that there is a mass illness that is the cause of the sudden violent outbreaks in town, which divides the affected into two groups: either knife wielding lunatics who want to kill or out of sight gun toting people who do not want to kill, but will if necessary. This quite possibly could be one of Eddie McCloskey’s most dangerous jobs to date, as well as the most life changing.  

Opinion: Well fellow readers, the addiction continues. There is no hope for rehabilitation, for I CAN NOT and WILL NOT stop loving these paranormal books. Why? Well where to begin?! It could be for the fact that every book I read in this series just keeps getting bloodier and scarier. Call me “Miss Morbid”, but I LOVE IT. Or it could be that after reading each story I put my Kindle down in pure awe and say “WHAT THE ACTUAL F***”. This series will absolutely make you question your own sanity for why you choose to read about thousands of bodies piling up and people just killing each other, and I’m sure your parents or friends will want to stage an intervention on you: “Because sweetie, were just a little worried about how you’ve been choosing to spend your time lately”. But not to worry, you’re not the only one reading these eerily amazing books…and if you’re not reading them, SHAME ON YOU.

Eddie McCloskey has just taken on a new job in Oregon to find Morgan Turners daughter Megan, twenty-six, who has disappeared. Mr. Turner explains to Eddie that Megan had started fainting all the time before she vanished, and that she had a government job that she did not discuss with him. As Eddie starts to look for clues around town, he starts to find that many other people are disappearing and that others are starting to act strange and attack one another. Once Eddie starts to work with the same team of federal agents that Megan was working with, they conclude that the town is suffering from Mass Psychogenic Illness (MPI). Though they do not know HOW the town is being affected, they do know this: the affected are divided between two groups – “The Knives Vs. The Guns”, the group that wields that knives are murderous and blood thirsty and the group that carries the guns are less violent but will kill “The Knives” if needed. The story turns into a crazed war between the two groups, and Eddie and the team of federal agents are caught in the middle of it. To make the job even more dangerous, Eddie finds that the federal agents have been receiving help from one very questionable character: Eamon Moriarty.

There is so much going on in this book, I have no idea how to get to it all without spoiling the entire story. So far, I think this fourth book in The Unearthed series is definitely the one you want to pay attention to the most. This installment surrounds MPI (Mass Psychogenic Illness), which is when a group of people start suddenly acting strangely or getting sick all at once with no physical or environmental explanation. Due to MPI not having a solid reason for its occurrence, this book can make the reader wonder why they’re left not really knowing the reason behind everything that happened. Basically, it is very hard to know what is going to happen in this book. I was constantly baffled about how the story went, and I can honestly say that I didn’t know how anything was going to turn out (for a suspense story, that’s a PLUS). Some things in the story were answered kind of vaguely and could have been explained more, but due to there being so much going on in this read…it seems to work out okay. On a more exciting note, EAMON IS BACK!! Oh, how I have been longing for this to happen! But of course, in classic Evan Ronan style, he is back in the most RANDOM way ever. He’s HELPING the federal agents. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only is Eddie dealing with an extremely dangerous and time sensitive job, but now he has to work with the insane kid hat killed his brother. But Eamon plays a pretty interesting part in this book by using his ability to psychically link himself to a place by pain, which makes things exciting. There were some very imaginative scenarios in this read that make it unique, the reason for fainting and the illusive mentioning to “The man who laughs”. Some of the humor in this book was lost on me, which was disappointing because I loved the sarcasm and witty remarks that Eddie made in The Accused and The Damned.

The Hysteria has proven to be another exciting and wonderful read by Evan Ronan, and I recommend this series completely! Not only is each book in this series a little different, but some are more suspenseful, mysterious, paranormal, or gory than the rest. Give it a try if you haven’t already, you will not be disappointed!


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