Back in July I attended YALC (which you can read about here if you’d like to) and I was very luckily able to get my hands on an ARC of There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. I haven’t read any of Stephanie’s other books aside from a couple of pages, though I know she stepped out of her comfort zone for this one so I was really excited to get stuck in. I read the book in only a couple of days so I guess you could say that I enjoyed it! Read on for my spoiler free review of the second book in my Spooktober Halloween Reads series.
From the cover:
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.
I want to start my review with a trigger warning for hazing, blood and mentions of both drugs and suicide in this book.
In the first 11 pages alone there was more diversity than in some other books entirety. Makani, our main character, was an African American native Hawaiian and her best friend is trans, whom, I would have liked to have read more about. Despite this, the characters weren’t just thrown in to tick off “diverse” on the checklist; they collectively added a dialogue that I felt really contributed to the story. While I cannot truly comment on whether the representation of each was wholly accurate, I am so glad to have seen these characters within the story.
Ollie really wasn’t your typical YA love interest, from the way he dressed to the company he kept. He was a well fleshed out and interesting character, and I loved reading about him. The romantic aspect of the story definitely drew away from the fear that was often instilled, and provided light relief between the killings.
The premise of the story is certainly creepy, and it’s possible that I was tip toeing around the house the day after I finished the book while I was home alone… The murders were horrifying and very creative, which I was a little surprised about. While I don’t often read horror, I can appreciate the skill that Perkins has for writing deaths which is a million miles away from her usual love story. The last few chapters were extremely tense and had me gripped from page to page. I definitely did not anticipate the killer, so I enjoyed being surprised by this.
While There’s Someone Inside Your House isn’t a deep, complex horror and so maybe not for hardcore horror fans, I think that as a YA high school slasher it successfully does its job and is both truly gruesome and a little disturbing. A perfect read for Halloween for those who don’t mind a bit of blood and gore along with some high school hi-jinks and a little bit of love.
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