There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your HouseTitle: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)

Release Date: September 26, 2017

Makani wondered why discussing a tragedy – consuming every story about it – was often comforting? Was it because tragedies manifested a sense of community? Here we are, all going through this terrible thing together. Or were tragedies addictive, and the small pleasures that came from them a signal of a deeper problem?


This was pitched as Scream meets YA and I was super excited, because Scream is my all time favorite horror movie and I’ve liked Stephanie Perkins’ books in the past, but overall I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed. In There’s Someone Inside Your House, we follow students at Osbourne High School as classmates are being picked off by a serial killer. To discover the killer and find the next target, the students must look into their past and confront their secrets before it’s too late.


Things I Liked 
The romance was actually really sweet and cute. I liked Mikani and Ollie, their relationship was one of my favorite parts of the story. They had great interactions and I liked all their scenes together. Plus, hanging out with Mikani’s grandmother was fantastic!

There was actually some suspenseful moments, this might have been helped by the fact that I was reading this at 3am. I liked the intense moments and the darker grittier scenes when the killings were happening. A few were a little ridiculous, but mostly they kept me engaged.

I actually really loved the beginning of the story, and it hooked me right away. I love that the school’s play was Sweeney Todd – it set a great atmosphere, along with the Halloween time. And I really liked the introduction to the killer.


Things I Didn’t Like 
Alex, one of Mikani’s best friends, was super annoying to me the whole time. We just clashed and I didn’t particularly care for her.

I took way too long to figure out what was up with Mikani’s mysterious past. And once we finally figured out what happened it was a let down, and just really took me out of what was happening in the main plot. Plus her parents were atrocious people.

I went into this expecting horror, or at least YA horror, and I feel like I got Disney channel horror. It wasn’t bad, I just wanted a little more. Like I said above, I did find some moments to be suspenseful, but there was this haze of romance that kept it from getting really threatening.

The killer reveal happens around the halfway marks and I was like, WHO? Then I was like, who cares? I wasn’t really blown away by the killer reveal, and I thought the motive was a little weak.


This was really a mixed bag for me: I loved the diversity we get in the characters (Mikani is black and native Hawaiian; Darby is trans), and the romance between Ollie and Mikani was probably my favorite part. But, I don’t really want the romance to be my favorite part in a horror story. This felt more like a contemporary with a serial killer side plot. It was still a pretty fun read that I flew through, even if a few of the characters did annoy me. There’s Someone Inside Your House was a good book to turn you in the direction toward fall and get you ready for Halloween, before the real spooky stuff gets here.

Trigger Warning for blood, gore, violence, hazing
Signature
I received a copy of the book from Dutton Books FYR via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s