Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie perkins
Source: ARC at YALC (Thanks MyKindaBook!)
One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and one of my biggest disappointments.
I think this is down to the fact that I had hyped this book up for myself ever since I heard that Stephanie was writing a new book. I was so excited to see her switching to contemporary YA murder, which is a switch from her usual contemporary YA fluff. I was left feeling that the romance part of this book was great. The murders were perfectly gruesome for this sort of story, but ultimately, I just felt disappointed that it wasn’t as scary or creepy as I had hoped or imagined.
This book was said to be perfect of fans of Scream Queens. I’d agree to a certain extent but from the episodes of Scream Queens I’d watched, there seemed to be a little bit more to that TV show. This was just romance and murder. There were no sorority or fraternity houses and no super rich kids.
With the book clocking in at under 300 pages, it was a relatively quick read. I managed to fly through it within 2 days, something I’m pretty happy with because I read books so slowly. The writing was actually pretty good and the pace was kept up. We did have the chapters from one persons point of view most of the time, but every so often, we’d switch to a new characters point of view which I quite liked.
Our main character, Makani, was a good character to follow. The only thing I didn’t like was that she was hiding this ‘big secret’ and it kept being mentioned throughout the book. Once it was revealed what it was, I was hugely disappointed. I was expecting something so big but I was left thinking ‘wait, that was it?’. I liked her relationship with her Grandma, and could understand why she felt like an outsider in this book due to coming from a different state into a small town. Her relationships with her friends was one that I also liked. Her relationship with Ollie mostly took centre stage in this book, but she did have other friendships, with characters called Alex and Darby.
I didn’t think the motive was good enough almost. I understand that murderers and serial killers don’t always have good motives, but this was one that I couldn’t get my head round. I don’t want to spoil it so I won’t tell you what it was, but I just felt that for murders as gruesome as they were. There was also one murder that I felt was a little unnecessary. It felt as though this characters death had just been thrown in, almost as a shock factor but it just made me feel even more disappointed. It just felt like the death had been chucked in for good measure to make sure this book was extra gory. Plus, after this character’s death, it was as if no one had really cared that much. Like it was an after thought, right at the end.
This book could have been 4 stars, but due to the disappointment that I felt from this book in multiple different ways, I had to give it 3 stars. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a book that is a light murder mystery (so strange using the words light and murder together), but I’d say go into it with lower expectations if you have set them high due to Stephanie’s other books. If you’re looking for a scary or creepy book, perhaps skip out on this one because it doesn’t quite fit the bill of a frightening book.
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