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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.
With its combination of horror and teen angst, plus the obligatory sex scene, there was a definitely a "Scream" atmosphere to this story.
Makani Young is still attempting to adjust to life in rural Nebraska. After she was involved in an unfortunate incident in her Hawaiian hometown, along with having an estranged relationship with her parents, she has been shipped to live with her maternal grandmother in a small Nebraska town
She has been there about a year and though she hates the town, she has built some meaningful friendships and has even sparked a romance with one of the school outcasts. However, soon, she finds herself in the middle of a real-life horror film as her classmates are being murdered one by one. After she finds herself to be a target, life soon becomes about survival, and protecting the people she loves.
This book was about 80% contemporary and 20% thriller and it was often hard to reconcile the two. The vast amount of teen romance offset and lightened what could have been a more intense and intriguing story.
Many of the crimes were entirely cliche: A boy dies in the school showers after having all of his clothing stolen? Or a boy who had his headphones on too loudly and didn't hear the intruder before being killed? Not to mention there was a distinct lack of tension between each murder scene, which took away from the thrill of the book. Plus, we find out who the murderer is about half-way through the story.
Though I enjoyed it overall, and the ending was satisfying, this book ultimately fell short. I felt that Perkins could have done a lot more with the story and it will definitely not be among the top thrillers I read this year
I can’t actually remember how I heard about There’s Someone Inside Your House now that it’s been out for several months, however, I do remember reading the above reviews and thinking I absolutely had to get this book when it came out. It sat on my Amazon wishlist for a short while and once it was released I pounced. As a fan of horror and slasher movies and books, I thought for sure I would absolutely devour this one. I raced through this novel within just two days back in October of last year and then didn’t get around to actually writing a review until now. Why? Because I struggled to figure out how I actually felt about it. I both liked it and disliked it in equal measure.
The story opens up introducing us to a female character that is killed off within the first few pages. Like a few others, I wondered if our main character was really going to be gone so soon. Was this a flash-forward? What was happening? Luckily this girl was not our main character but I actually appreciated the little mislead Perkins gave us here. If anything it fueled the mystery on at a quicker pace. When we are introduced to our main character, she’s easily very likable. Perkins gives us a strong female lead that clearly isn’t going to take the upcoming events lying down. Mekani is harbouring a dark secret but doesn’t let this stand in her way of making friends and forming a core group of survivors early on in the story.
With most slasher/Who-Done-It novels, the identity of the killer is usually saved as an end reward. With TSIYH however, the identity is revealed just past the halfway mark – far too early. Again, Perkins makes the mistake of giving us an underdeveloped character thrown into the main plot and when you are told who the killer is, the ‘surprise’ falls flat. The only way such an early reveal could have worked would have been to have the killer be one of the core group (this also would have served as a reason to keep reading after such an early reveal). Had she actually taken the time to flesh out the killer’s character more with some more backstory, and made the novel itself a little longer, then this reveal would have worked.
I saw some complaints about the level of violence in the killings, however, the blood and gore element of the novel was definitely fitting for a slasher if you ask me. Quick, bloody, no clues left at the scene and typically incompetent detective work from the small town local police department. The problem with Perkins’ choice of victims was that they were all minor to relatively unknown characters. I felt no emotional connection when the victims died and our main characters probably would have felt the same had it not been so close to home. Although I will say that the murders were well written and gorier than I expected.
I will say this novel wasn’t horrible and it wasn’t as difficult to read as a lot of people are saying, but it also wasn’t a “hair-raiser” either (although I do see where the Scream comparisons come in to play). Ultimately there are two main elements to this novel: romance and (mild) horror, with the former unfortunately taking over. There’s Someone Inside Your House is chock full of teenage romance and plenty of make out/sex sessions, which detracted from the overall supposed seriousness of the situation given that people were being killed off left, right and center. Just one example is that two of the main characters made out during a moment of prayer for their classmates who had just been killed. Disappointing for a book that was touted as “The best new horror of the season.”
Stephanie Perkins is a YA romance writer and it shows. Had the writer cut out at least half of the romance element and given us a little more of a feel for the characters being killed off, half the amount of criticism it received would also have been halved (since horror fans are notoriously hard to please). I wouldn’t rule out reading another slasher novel by Perkins and you shouldn’t either. Reading through TSIYH, you can tell there is a good slasher in there, and I don’t doubt a second would actually be better now that she’s gotten her first out there for us to read. If you don’t mind romance, you’ll be able to enjoy this book no problem. If you’re like me and could do without it, you might want to go into this one with an open mind and an extra scoop of patience.
I wasn't really a fan of this. I had a hard time getting into it. At first the book was kind of creepy, but then the more you got into the characters, the harder time I had enjoying it. They felt stilted and unrealistic. The ending felt a little rushed to me. I just didn't find it fun or believable.
Interesting read and definitely not what I thought it would be. Lots of teen romance mixed in with a bit of horror. I expected something worse for Makani's secret past, and I was still unsure of exactly why the killer did what he did.
It's a fun read with likable character but it does fall into genre cliches more often than it deconstructs them. It fits in just fine in the horror genre but adds nothing new.
Makani is a fish out of water from Hawaii thrust into rural Nebraska and Perkins did an exceptional job writing her version of a Final Girl. Makani is strong and does not have to be rescued by her love interest (Another well-rounded misfit with pink hair.) Perkins is at her best writing the love story and slightly more shaky on suspense and the pacing of a horror story; The killer is revealed half-way through and a major character death happens so fast in the last fifteen pages that there was no time to mourn a character I had come to like in the book. It was a fleeting moment that would easily be forgiven in the films the novel homages but less so here.
Less developed are the other victims. If they are not being introduced in their death's chapter they have made brief cameos with no real weight to them. It's a shame that we didn't see more of that girl who immediately lunges at the killer with a pitchfork. This novel could have been greatly improved by being longer, something you can't say for many books.
There's Someone Inside Your House is a good first foray into the horror genre for Perkins and I hope this teen slasher gets a sequel.