I received this book for free from ALAAC17 in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on September 26th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Horror
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Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.
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.
** Consider yourself warned for minor spoilers. **
I feel horrible saying this but I’m definitely disappointed in this book. I have to start by saying that I’m not really one who reads or watches a lot of horror but I was expecting so much more from this one. There were a few points in this one where I was truly creeped out but mostly it was actually kind of boring. I wish the suspense had been built a little more/better. A great horror story really keeps the readers in suspense for most of the book, right on the edge of their seats, but I just did not feel that in this book.
One of the main problems for that was that I just didn’t care at all about any of the characters. I had a hard time connecting to the main character because so much about her was kept a secret and by the time the secret was revealed, it was a huge let-down after so much waiting. And I had no strong feelings for the LI either. It’s so strange that an author who’s other books I loved because of the characters could write a book where I literally cared about none of the characters. They had brief mentions of interesting pasts but both seemed so bland otherwise that there wasn’t much to care about. And then they’d go off and make out. There was no romance, no swoon. Just a sort of attraction based on finding each other different from everyone else. And that’s it. I’m so sad because I really do love romances and I think some of her past romances were really good but this one, I just couldn’t figure out at all why it was in this book or why I should care about it at all.
And the rest of the characters were given such brief time on the page that I barely remember them. Even the killer, we barely meet him before so it isn’t even all that shocking when the reveal comes, which is about halfway into the book. It wasn’t someone close to either of the MCs nor someone important to the community. There was literally nothing surprising about him, except that he was barely mentioned beforehand. Also, the killings, while truly gruesome, were also not any of the characters we were spending time with. As with a lot of crime shows, the new chapter would start out talking about a character we’d never seen before so you automatically know that person is going to die.
I know I don’t read or watch a lot of horror, so maybe this is more typical for YA horror books, but mostly I’m just disappointed because I felt almost nothing while reading the book. I even almost gave up after the first 100 pages. Luckily, it picked up a bit about halfway through and I read the second half much faster than the first half but still, I wanted to feel like I couldn’t put the book down at all. I wanted to be on the edge of my seat and fear for the MC and wonder who the killer was and be completely shocked when it was someone close to her. Or maybe even her?! But it wasn’t.
I do think this might be a good intro for teens into the horror genre. They might love it. I remember watching Scream as a teen and being completely freaked out. I haven’t seen it in years but this definitely had a similar feel to that. So maybe I’m just not the right audience for something like this. I just wish I wasn’t so disappointed by it.