Friday, October 20, 2017

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins - Book Review

Genre: Y/A, Horror

My Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: This book had everything it needed to be one that I loved. It is a young adult horror book with nods to slasher films of the 90's (i.e. Scream - one of my all time favorite horror movies) and it's written by one of my all time favorite young adult contemporary authors, Stephanie Perkins. While I did read this book rather quickly (it's only 287 pages!), it was just a middle of the road book for me. I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters that Perkins created and there were parts of the story that I really loved, but overall it just wasn't anything spectacular.

What I was hoping to get out of There's Someone Inside Your House was a campy, creepy ode to my love of horror movies and what I got instead was teenage love story about two characters with "mysterious" pasts that contained a dash of murder and suspense. What bothered me the most about this book were some of the bad "cliche" decisions that the main characters made and that you find out who the killer is with a good chunk of the book remaining. However, I did love that this book had great representation (one character is biracial and another is a transboy). I also loved any part in the story where the cast of characters rallied together to try and save the day (a la any horror movie about a group of college kids). 

Overall, There's Someone Inside Your House was a good read... but not great. I think if you are looking for something quick and mood specific to read on Halloween day, this could absolutely be a great pick. Read this book and then have yourself a Scream marathon and you will have a pretty good weekend (in my opinion 😉). Otherwise, it is my suggestion that you go and pick up Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss trilogy instead because it is fantastic. 

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