Review: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Title: There's Someone Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publishers: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 287
My Rating: 2/5 stars

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.

When hearing that Stephanie Perkins had a new book out I was over the moon with excitement for a lovely dovey, happy, fluffy romance novel that would remind me of the good old times I had reading the Anna and the French Kiss series, however my dreams were shattered (a little extreme but whatever) when I found that it would be a horror novel. But nevertheless, my hype for the book grew as October came around and I was getting in the mood for something scary and gruesome but turns out There's Someone Inside Your House may have been the romantic contemporary I once wanted plus a few measly killings.

I am a horror film fanatic and I love anything creepy so I thought this book would be right up my alley, by one of my favourite authors too! But I was disappointed by this book because it missed the mark on so many occasions. 

I'd heard many times before diving into this book that it is the epitome of a contemporary author trying her hand at a horror novel, and whilst I applaud Perkins for stepping out of her usual work, this book just didn't do it for me.

To start off with the characters and I clearly didn't mesh well. I just couldn't get to liking any of the characters. The main character, Makani felt a bit lifeless to me and I couldn't get to liking her, same goes for her love interest who I didn't like at all and quite frankly thought he was the creepiest thing about this horror novel. For me having good characters that I like reading about is detrimental to a good read and this fell short of the mark.

Speaking of the romance, I feel like it took too much of a front seat. I'd much rather have a more developed and interesting plot line and antagonist than any of this relationship. Too much focus was put on Makani and Olly in my opinion and I do think that the heavy focus on the relationship ruined the ending of this novel. So much was put into making the love between Makani and Olly a central aspect that the ending to me was pointless and unrealistic.

I mentioned before that I wanted a more in depth antagonist and I really do think the book would've benefited from it. In many popular horror films the antagonist is complex and has a backwards and twisted reasons for his/her actions, this book dabbled in that but the intentions of the antagonist were unclear and eventually lost which in my eyes took all the creepy out.

Finally, I just generally wasn't enjoying myself whilst reading the book. The best thing in my opinion was Makani's sassy grandmother and that was not what I expected to enjoy the most when reading a horror novel. I was overall disappointed in this novel but I do understand that this is Perkins' first dive into horror fiction so for that I give this book some credit.

Happy Reading!

-Lily x

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  1. Ah, I am feeling a bit lukewarm about this one. At first I was excited for the same reason as you - I have read her romantic novels and it sounds exciting! Even though I applaud her for trying a new genre, it sounds like it just didn't work and kind of slips into romance at some point as well.

    1. I think romance is definitely her genre as she even sways more towards it in this book than she does horror unfortunately but I'd definitely give it a read if I were you, you may love it!

  2. I really enjoyed this book. So many ups and downs. I would recommend this books to anyone looking to get into the spooky season spirit.



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