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There's Someone Inside Your House Hardcover – September 26, 2017
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"The best new horror of the season.... Fans of the genre will feel at home with this book, which mixes the wit of modern slasher films like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer with the grounded characters and emotions of contemporary YA." —Mashable
"Perkins lulls readers into a false sense of security before twisting the knife. . . . the body count keeps rising, leaving readers with questions of motive and where it will all end." —Publishers Weekly
"There's Someone Inside Your House is a heart-pounding page-turner with an outstanding cast of characters, a deliciously creepy setting, and an absolutely merciless body count. Best read at night with big bowl of popcorn, this is a killer addition to the slasher genre written by one of the best contemporary YA writers around." —Courtney Summers, author of All the Rage and Cracked Up to Be
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Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.
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There's Someone Inside Your House takes place in a small town where teenagers are being murdered with seemingly no connection between them. As the days go on, the murders get worse and more frequent, as more dark secrets are revealed.
It's just... okay. There was a lot of problems like the killer being revealed, far too early. When I read YA thrillers, I want the killer to be saved for last, to keep the mystery going. I want to try to guess who it is before the characters do. I need the suspense! To have their identity exposed so soon was confusing, and it was someone who I didn't even remember meeting in the story before. There just wasn't any suspense. Even in classic horror movie moments, it was more about the romance between the main character and the emo boy than about the actual serial killer.
The romance! It was basically the whole story, to the point where I really just wished the author had written another YA romance instead of even trying to write a horror novel. It just didn't work. There was a lot of chances for this book to be creepy but it was too busy with all the kisses and friendship drama and the fact that I knew the MC would be fine. Otherwise I didn't mind the romance, I just wished it wasn't such a big part.
There was also a LOT of talk about how the MC has a dark secret in her past that haunts her and I just didn't care? Then it was revealed what her big secret was about and it wasn't really that shocking or relevant.
This book was such a classic slasher at times, it kind of got ridiculous how completely incompetent the police and everyone was. Oh you know who the killer is and where they'll probably be? Don't worry they'll just be over there easily killing six people with little to no struggle. Don't worry, we have four teenagers after them who DIDN'T EVEN THINK TO PACK ONE SINGLE WEAPON BEFORE GOING AFTER A GOD DAMN SERIAL KILLER. Ahem. Plus the killer was dropping random people like flies, it was too easy.
Some parts were a bit creepy though and I will give this book that credit. Someone creeping around inside your house, no thanks!
Makani has moved to Nebraska after an “incident” in Hawaii and lives with her grandmother. Her grandmother’s health is on a slow decline with sleeping walking issues, so they basically take care of each other. Makani is starting her senior year at high school and things are rather sedate in their quiet little town of Osborne. But then a girl is murdered and pretty much everything begins to fall apart thereafter as it becomes clear that their quiet little town has been invaded by a serial killer.
I started this book on the wrong foot, because apparently Goodreads didn’t use the full description that included Makani! It really just leaves out the first paragraph from the dust jacket that basically clues you in on your main character and who you’ll follow around! So when the book opens with a girl being murdered I was baffled! Clearly reading the sampler to begin the story wasn’t the best idea because it didn’t have the description of the story and it was sort of discombobulating to think that our main character was killed within pages! I started wondering if this is how the book would be told. This is clearly an error on my part and Goodreads for that matter too!
This story also includes romance as well, which I was well prepared for too. Makani had a summer fling with Ollie, one of the police officer’s younger brothers. Ollie has his own dark past and secrets as well. It makes him and Makani a fitting pair in a sense. The romance was kind of sweet too. It may take over the story a little and just as you’re wondering if this will turn into a full on romance novel, someone else gets killed too.
I found it really interesting that we get these chapters from the victim’s point of view. The novel is in third person point of view, but we follow Makani for the most part until the moments when we happen upon a new person and these end up being the killer’s victims. It was a little intense reading those chapters because it lets you see how freaking sick the killer is.
I was also aware that our killer’s identity is revealed fairly early on, but I will say that doesn’t take away the scary factor too much. Despite knowing the name of the killer, the killer (yup vague terms that get repetitive all to protect the identity…of the killer) is still on the loose and still killing.
I have to say that despite the claims that this wasn’t as thrilling as some readers had expected I will say that it was far more gruesome than I anticipated as well! The killings were brutal and sick. But that just shows that Stephanie can write a pretty great villain! The kind of villain that’s real and a type I hope to never ever cross paths with for that matter as well!
There’s Someone Inside Your House was a rather quick little read. It has it ups and downs, but for the most part I was kept on the edge of my seat wanting to know just who will survive this reign of terror the killer is inflicting! Not all will survive and the end pretty left me with my jaw dropped in a few aspects! There’s a darkness to this book as well in terms of past events, but it makes for good reading and well developed-characters! This is definitely the kind of book you want to read on a dark, lonely night when you’re home alone! (Or if you’re like me, midday during broad daylight!)
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars