Book Reviews, Received for Review

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

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Series: No
Genre: Horror | Contemporary | Young Adult
Length: 289 pages
Published on 26th September 2017 by Pan Macmillan
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Stephanie Perkins: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC picked up at YALC

Synopsis:
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.

I’ve never read anything by Stephanie Perkins until this book.

I had high hopes for it and it just kinda fell short for me?

I honestly thing Perkins played it too safe.

Given her previous books are contemporary I think she made sure this horror could fall into that very easily to make sure her existing fans would enjoy this book.

However, for me, who was really excited to see some horror in YA it was a let down.

The horror scenes that did happen were just before someone was killed were so good. She built tension amazingly and they were rather spooky.

But the in between chapters? eh.

The murderer was revealed far too early, and for those reviews you’ve read where people are praising this book and state they didn’t guess who the killer was well I hate to break it to you but I’m fairly certain no one did because it was a no one character.

Makani hints a lot about doing something terrible in her past which was really intriguing me. I was so sure she’d done something terrible. But again, no, she was just a victim more than anything. It was interesting seeing how she dealt with what she did, and how she viewed herself because of it though.

The other fault it has that I’m not really in the position to say is right or wrong is that when the trans character is introduced their dead name is also mentioned. I’m not sure why this happened as there was no need. It added nothing to the story.

Anyway, regardless of the fact I found this a mediocre read I honestly would try more of Perkins work if she wrote more horror. I would just pray she takes more risks and really explores the horror genre.

2.5 stars / 5 stars
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6 thoughts on “ARC Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins”

  1. I’m sorry the book disappointed you. Other reviews I’d read of this were quite positive and I thought this would make a good read, especially the fact that it’s a YA horror and it’s so difficult to find more books in that particular genre and demographic, but I guess the contemporary aspect takes over the book. Guess I’ll just add this to my TBR and wait for a time when contemporary horror draws me in :)

    1. I think because I had seen so many positive reviews I probably expected it to be more horror focused. But since finishing it I’ve seen more average reviews too 😅

      Either way it’s not the worst book out there just not what I expected. I hope you find it ok one day

  2. I have read all of Stephanie Perkin’s contemporary books and loved them. But I have heard some mixed things about this one. A lot of people are saying that she knows how to write good horror (like you mentioned those scenes actually being done well and the tension being present and everything) but that she didn’t want to lose her previous audience as well so it seems to slip into contemporary-ish tones sometimes. I think I still want to try it though, and see what I think? Good review!

    My recent November wrap up: http://oliviascatastrophe.com/2017/12/november-wrap-up-2017/

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