Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

on September 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 289
Format: Physical Book
Source: Borrowed
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2 Stars

Love hurts...

Makani Young thought she'd left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She's found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn't far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series f gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

Review: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

This is a hard review to right.

I wanted to like There’s Someone In Your House so much. I really enjoy Stephanie Perkins and her books are always on my insta-buy list. And while not a big horror fan, I am a Scream fan so this seemed like it would be a shoe in. Sadly, I was unimpressed.

It felt like two very different books. One book is about our main character who has a secret past and a bd family life. She’s living with her Grandma now, having been exiled from Hawaii after mysterious past circumstances. The characters are different, which I liked a lot. But they were a bit flat for me and I wished I had more time with her two best friends, reading more about their family life. Instead there was some insta-love with a cute and alternative boy, but he felt a little bit under-baked as well.

Then you have the horror part. There are some really great scenes that are genuinely scary. Perkins writes these well and the gross factor is pretty high. But those are only a handful of chapters in this rather slow read and I was over halfway through the book before anything interesting actually started happening with the main characters. When it did, the plot moved pretty fast which was satisfying.

But then the end.

Oh the end. What a let down. The motivations of the killer were not fully formed and because of the shallow character development, I felt uninvested in the outcome of the killer’s killing spree, including some very dangerous moments at the end.

I would recommend this to anyone who was interested in some light suspense, but it felt too disjointed for me to really like. I put it down a lot and each time I picked it back up, I wasn’t sure if I would finish it. Sad, because I really like her books but this one was flat.