This is a spoiler-free review. I will not be giving away any major plot details beyond the premise of the book.
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins is a young adult horror novel about a series of murders at a small town high school, witch each murder becoming increasingly gory and extravagant. The main character, Makani, has recently moved to this small town from Hawaii, after an incident that led her to flee her home and start over again. Makhani begins to suspect that her dark past and these gruesome murders are linked as the mystery unravels.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s is your typical cheesy slasher horror like the Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer films, but I honestly loved it. That kind of cliche serial killer horror is the kind of horror that I’m into. The big reveals weren’t all that shocking, but they weren’t totally predictable either if that makes sense. One thing that I didn’t like about this book was there was a lot of romance. There was heaps of kissing and touching and sometimes it was mild but other times it felt over the top and romance is nice in a book but sometimes it overshadowed the story, and that’s where it becomes a problem for me. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think people should read this book. If slasher horror is something you enjoy, then the romance aspect shouldn’t put you off because I still loved the story.
The plot was exciting and mysterious. I found myself running a list of suspects and their potential motives in my head to figure out who the killer was. As the book went on, the murders became increasingly frequent, so the pace was constantly on the rise. The scenes with action were very well-written. It was fast and realistic, and the descriptions were very specific in terms of the blood and gore. Slasher horror tends to rely heavily on visuals, so I was wondering how it would work in a book but Stephanie Perkins really pulled it off and made it easy to visualise the murder scenes in my head.
If you’re looking for something spooky to read with Halloween coming up, then I definitely think you should pick this book up. It isn’t scary, it isn’t going to keep you up at night, but it does have spooky vibes, and it’s set in late October, so this is the perfect time of year to read it.
MY RATING: 8/10
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