I hope you're all having a good weekend, and also that you're doing great on your reading goals. (Unlike me-I'm so behind on my reading challenge!)
Before I start with my review of There's Someone Inside Your House, I feel the need to mention beforehand that TSIYH is the first book I read by Stephanie Perkins, who I know is known for the Anna and the French Kiss series. With this said, I was not disappointed by TSIYH.
Keep reading to figure out why.
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.
There is a difference between the expectations I had for TSIYH and what I actually got to read. TSIYH has the structure similar to some adult thriller books I've read, giving you the first person POV of the main character (Makani Young) and some chapters in third person POV that gives you clues about the mystery involved while confusing you and leaving you clueless about the identity of the bad guy.
I didn't fully think of the book as scary at first, since it has some romance and stereotypical teenage drama.
I think the scariest aspect of this book is that it was presented around a setting that seemed to reflect the tragedies that have constantly shaken small communities around the United States. The psychological damage the characters endured can unfortunately be relatable to many young adults today, be it because they have experienced it firsthand, or because like me. they have watched it in the news over and over again.
I would say the first two-thirds of the book combine a mixture of the romance I mentioned and the exposure of the killer. Perkins hints the MC has some dark secret and gives us Ollie, who is different, which automatically sets the other characters to assume he has something to hide.
In the last third of the book we get to know Makani's secret and the identity of the killer, which totally filled me with anxiety.
Stephanie Perkins did a great job with plot twists and allowed the characters to grow despite the dangerous environment.
I would totally recommend it if you're looking for something mildly scary.
Here is all the info for There's Someone Inside Your House:
Reading Challenge No.: 29/45
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Length: 287 Pages
POV: 1st person POV, through Makani Young, and occasional chapters in 3rd person.
Series or Standalone? Standalone
"The egg-shaped timer was on the welcome mat when she came home."
Favorite Character: Ollie!
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Thank you so much for reading my review, please ket me know what you thought of There's Someone Inside your House if you've read it, and I hope I can help you pick it up if you haven't.
This week I'll be sharing my review for Serpent & Dove, and then American Royals. I'm currently reading Shadow and Bone, and Cardcaptor Sakura Book 2.
I also began my revisions for Dark Keeper.