Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Young Adult / Romance / Mystery
How I got the book: Purchased with own money
Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
I have read Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. Basically, almost all of Stephanie Perkin’s books. I loved Anna and the French Kiss, Felt that Lola and the Boy Next Door was fantastic, and was a bit disappointed by Isla and the Happily Ever After (maybe I’ll write a review?). Overall, Stephanie Perkins is one member in a full list of my favorite authors. So when I found out (a bit late) that she had released another book, I jumped right in and purchased it in digital form.
There’s Someone Inside Your House is something between Pretty Little Liars and Anna and the French Kiss: there’s a small town with a killer on the loose, all with a romance tied into it. I loved this book. I have to say this though: If you’re looking for something that will keep you awake at night in fear, this is not your book. There’s Someone Inside Your House was pretty tame in my opinion. While there were some moments that literally did give me goosebumps (hello, is anybody there?), for the most part I felt like the scenes with the murderer didn’t live up to their full potential. Still though, those scenes were good!
We have a few characters in this story which are important. Makani Young, our protagonist as well as “Ollie” Larsson, our other main character. There’s a romantic aspect to this “thriller/slasher” mystery, which is great. I’m always down for a little romance. Makani and Ollie are so cute! Madam Perkins did their scenes very well. I felt close to both characters. Their romance didn’t feel rushed which was great.
Darby and Alex, Makani’s two best friends play a minor role in the story. I felt that they were mostly fluff for the book. However, their interactions were funny, especially where Alex was involved. None of the dialogue felt forced to me, which was a huge plus having read another book where the dialogue was not the greatest. Again, Madam Perkins did well.
One thing I did not like about this book was Perkins’ gloss over other minor characters. There weren’t a great many characters to choose from for predictions as to who the killer was. She barely mentions some characters. When it came time for the killer to kill, I really didn’t feel anything for them. Nada.
Our main character, Makani, is half Hawaiian half African American. Darby is transgendered. And Ollie and Makani form part of an interracial relationship. Not very many books that I have read this year were as diverse as this one. There was a little bit of diversity within this story. All in all, four point five for the change!
The murders themselves weren’t very scary. However, there was one scene which I found a little bit scary! I happened sometime after the first murder, that’s all I’ll say. Each killing is more grotesque than the last which help build some of the scenes were the towns people are involved. Again, not very scary, but passable. I wouldn’t recommend this one for anyone looking to get their thriller kick as the scenes leading to the murders aren’t very scary.
The killer’s identity was not shocking at all. This was one huge disappointment for me. While I wasn’t right about who the murderer was, I wasn’t that shocked when I found out who it was. Again, I felt the reveal was well executed, but the murderer wasn’t that unexpected.
All in all, I’d give this one four stars. I’d recommend to someone who prefers romance over the thrill of being scared. This book is not for someone who likes to be scared as they read.
Summary: 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 of 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.