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What a colossal waste of time this was. It raised my expectations in the first half and then brought them all crashing down in the second.
Plot: There is a serial killer on the loose in a Nebraska high school who is murdering students one by one. Our main character is Makani, who has moved from Hawaii to Nebraska to live with her grandmother due to some mysterious "incident" in her past. Unfortunately she happens to attend said serial-killer-afflicted high school and for the most part we view events through her POV. Since the story is set in a high school, there's also the obligatory romance with the stereotypical rebel dude. He has pink hair, has a lip ring and is named "Ollie" like he's some Sesame Street character. I'm not going to mention anything about the token diversity in this book because it doesn't add to the plot in any way.
The story alternates between gruesome murder scenes and make out scenes. There's actually a scene where Makani and her guy are kissing during a moment of silence being held for the murder victims. *slow claps*. Very respectful. The author can't seem to decide if she's writing a cheesy teenage romance or a horror story or a murder mystery. About 60% in, the killer is revealed. At that point I said to myself, 'Hah! No way'. I braced myself for a major plot twist or reveal coming up. Going through different possibilities in my head. Because, as anyone who has read a good murder mystery knows, it is never so obvious. There is no way this person is 'the one' with 40% of the book still to go. The author is trying to throw me off the scent. Right? Wrong. There was no twist, no reveal, nothing. To make it worse, the killer is not even someone we know that well or care about. The explanation for the killer's motivation was SO lame and out of the blue, it made me laugh. The killers MO requires some serious suspension of disbelief. Makani's big secret was really underwhelming and did not deserve all that ominous foreshadowing. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters and would have happily cheered if the killer had got to them.
Makani Young leaves Hawaii under a cloud to stay with her grandmother in Nebraska. With her friends Alex and Darby, plus her new romantic relationship with Ollie Larsson, life seems to be getting back on track. Suddenly her fellow students start dying in gruesome murders and it seems like Makani may be on the killer's hit list too.
I expected a lot from this book - it has a great cover and the synopsis seemed intriguing, however it was merely okay. I didn't feel that I connected with any of the characters which left me feeling a bit removed from what was happening. In this kind of book, you really need to empathise with a character to give it that sense of urgency and menace, but that was missing for me.
TW: the murders are described in quite a lot of detail, some sexual scenes, swearing.
Não esperava tanto desse livro pois é o primeiro livro de terror dessa autora (ela escreve mais romance, se não estou enganado). Porém fiquei muito feliz quando li o livro, principalmente quando soube que um dos personagens era trans, já que não se vê muita diversidade em livros de terror. Chega um momento que algumas partes da história se tornam previsíveis, mas a narração é muito boa e ainda tem twists, flashbacks etc. Li em algum lugar que esse livro parece ser “quando uma escritora de romance decide escrever terror”. É essa meio a ideia haha mas para quem gosta dos dois gêneros, super indico.
Falam que é um thriller, mas é um livro adolescente com alguns assassinatos como plano de fundo, personagens sem nenhuma motivação, inclusive o próprio assassino, teve um momento do livro em que eu estava torcendo para o assassino matar todo mundo. O segredo da personagem é tão nada a ver que não faz a menor diferença descobrir o que é... Maior decepção com a autora, que tem uma escrita super fluída mas que entregou pouco conteúdo e dinâmica nesse livro.
Sou meio suspeita para falar pois amo um bom slasher e amo um bom romance, então esse livro teve basicamente tudo que eu gosto. Eu estava super ansiosa e com medo de que ele não cumprisse minhas expectativas mas COMO CUMPRIU!!!! A cena de abertura é uma menina encontrando um daqueles timers de cozinha de ovo em frente a casa dela, o que já disse "slasher de qualidade" para mim. E além de tudo There's Someone Inside Your House tem todas aquelas teenage vibes de filmes como Scream e Halloween!!! Eu amei. De verdade, eu amei.
Having never read a "teen horror" novel, I had NO IDEA what I was in for. The suspense builds, you try to figure out who the bad guys is, and all of a sudden there's a noise inside your own house and you PANIC! Now that's the mark of a good writer, and a good read.
Producto llegó en excelente calidad! El libro tiene una historia sencilla, rápido de leer ya que es corto (287 pags) pero con una trama que te engancha; la versión de The CW de Scream (slasher con mucho romance)
Very good at keeping you at the edge of your seat. I liked the combination of romance and horror. It helped to bring suspense in calm moments and also give a break to all the excitement happing. I was so anxious to finish. Liked it even in the first chapter.