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.
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
Audio CD, Unabridged
Published September 26th 2017 by Listening Library
Two stars: A novel that tries to blend romance with horror, and it fails miserably.
Makana is adjusting to life in the middle of nowhere Nebraska since she had to leave Hawaii under embarrassing circumstances. At least she has made a couple of good friends here, and she has her grandmother. Then things go terribly wrong when students at her school start dying. Someone is murdering the teens in the town, but why? As the terror grows, Makana fears for her safety and she worries that her secret will come out. Will Makana survive?
What I Liked:
- This is a hard review for me to write because Stephanie Perkins is a go to author for me, but this strange departure from her tried and true formula is a miss. However, if you want a slasher type book for the Halloween season, give this a go.
- I liked the opening of the book, it grabs you in with a misplaced egg timer, and then there is a gotcha moment. The whole thing with normal every day items moving around in the houses was creepy.
- The suspense for the first half of the book is thick. I thumbed through suspects trying to finger the culprit. I liked the buildup and the tension early on.
- Grandma Young is the scene stealer. I loved how she supported Makana when her parents failed her. I also loved her no nonsense approach.
- The ending ties off the loose ends, no cliffhanger.
- The audiobook version narrated by Bahni Turpin was well done. I don’t think I would have finished this book if I hadn’t listened to it. Ms. Turpin does an excellent job with the voices. I especially liked her voice and characterization for Grandma Young.
And The Not So Much:
- The romance was a miss. Normally, Perkins writes these adorable, fluffy romances that give you butterflies. This one was lust and miscommunication and it just never grabbed my attention. Plus it starts with make out and sex before anything else.
- Makana has this big secret she is carrying out, which I was itching to know. Then when her life changing event is revealed, it wasn’t that big of a deal. It was a let down. Not to mention, after what she went through it wasn’t surprising that she acted the way she did.
- Makana’s parents have to be the worst ever. They are not present in her life at all. Even when something terrible happens. What a couple of assholes.
- If you like gore and blood, you will enjoy this, but if you are squeamish, skip it. There are some very gruesome and graphic scenes in this, not for the faint of heart.
- The murderer is surprisingly revealed about three quarters of the way through, which was a disappointment. Once the killer was revealed, my interest quickly waned, especially because I didn’t care once I knew. Then when I finally found out motivated the killer I was disappointed again. It was totally weak and stupid. Not to mention the killer was not well developed. There should have been more focus on the killer.
- This book was a miss overall. It was so disappointing. Definitely skip this one, and if you do decide you want to read it, get it from the library.
There’s Someone in Your House was one of my highly anticipated picks for Fall. Unfortunately, this book is a disaster. The romance is weak and it lacked chemistry. The suspense is ruined when the killer is revealed too early. The killer’s character isn’t developed, and the reasons for killing are stupid. The murders are gruesome and feature lots of blood and gore, not for the squeamish reader. If you are a fan of Perkins this is not for you as it doesn’t even compare to her other novels. I would suggest skipping this one.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.