THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE
by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: October 5th 2017
Received From: Pan Macmillan
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.International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.
If Anna and the French Kiss had a love child with Netflix's Scream this book would be it's very cute, slightly creepy infant. There Is Someone Inside Your House is the story of Makani, a teen who transfers to Osborne High after it becomes impossible for her to stay at home with her parents. After the events that unfolded before her move Makani didn't think things could get much worse but when the kids in her class start turning up dead she realises pretty quickly just how wrong she was. As far as everyone knows there is no pattern to the killings but when Makani's crush comes under fire from the kids at school she finds herself being pulled into yet another nightmare. Makani came to Osborne for a fresh start, a quiet life but what she got was anything but.
Where to start, I am a huge Stephanie Perkins fan so when I heard this book was coming out I was super excited and a little in shock.. Stephanie Perkins doing horror? Well, when you actually read There's Someone Inside Your House it doesn't take long to see the writing style we've all come to love from Stephanie. I'm not saying for a second that this is a bad book, in fact I did like it and it's definitely worth the read but did it scare me? No, not really. Imagine a really good YA contemporary with a serial killer in it... it's probably more romance than horror.
Saying all that there were some really good parts to this book!! The characters were complex and interesting making you, as the reader, care about what happened next. There was a level of suspense through out the entirety of the book in one form or another and as much as I found it predictable at times there was one or two moments that had my jaw hitting the floor. Not to mention I am completely and utterly in love with Ollie! He's pretty much the perfect misfit crush for any YA protagonist.
Overall, There's Someone Inside Your House IS a good book. If you are looking for a good scare then this probably isn't the one for you but if you are looking for a slightly jumpy, perfect for in front of the fire book ready for halloween then I'd say give it a go. That or you want a super cute romance... it definitely ticks all the boxes for that one! It is worth the read if you, like me, loved Stephanie's other books as the characters are as endearing as ever, with moments that will have you cackling and others than will have you picking your jaw off the floor. There's Someone Inside Your House is fast paced and for those who want something creepy for Halloween but don't actually like being scared this is the perfect middle ground!
I received this book as an ARC from Pan Macmillan to read & review. This is a 100% honest review.