#BookReview: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

It wasn't at all what I hoped it would be.


There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins, Narrated by Bahni Turpin
Audiobook Review, 9+ Hours
Released September 2017
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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.


My Thoughts:

This was a fun read until the killer was revealed with four hours left to go on the audio. This is way too early! Way, way too early. I was left highly disappointed with the dud of a reveal and disinterested in all the romance and minor bloodshed that followed because of it. But I’m kind of a jerk when it comes to these things and you may love it.

Someone is killing the talented high school kids in terribly gruesome ways but, no worries, most of the gore is left to the imagination. This is basically a 90’s teen slasher movie come to book life minus the scares and most of the grue. Who will be next? Why are they doing this? And, oh hell, who cares?! When will he give me a big sloppy kiss and bite his lip ring again?!

This is a romance set in a world where a serial killer just so happens to be murdering random people that have no impact on our main characters and zero emotional impact on the reader. The romance was well done and I liked the two teens together, they were interesting, imperfect kids, but I feel like too much went so very wrong with the “murdering” bits of the story. Also, many gut-wrenching opportunities were missed by keeping our main lovers too safe and that made reading it to the end a chore. I suppose I’m used to meaner stories that kick you in the gut. This one? I guess I’d recommend it as a good stepping stone for those who may want to meander over into the horror genre with their pinky toe and not get too scared or emotionally wrecked. I enjoy the wreckage and carnage and scares that a good horror story can deliver but none of those things were successful here. I’m bumping it up from a 2 ½ to a three only because there was one scene with a naked character that is still making me laugh when I think about it.

Other Books by Stephanie Perkins That I Have Not Read

  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6936382-anna-and-the-french-kiss  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9961796-lola-and-the-boy-next-door  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9627755-isla-and-the-happily-ever-after

Comments

  1. I initially wanted to read this but Stormi didn't care for it and now your review has me thinking it's not for me. I don't mind reading YA at all, but it sounds like I really am not the target audience for this one and it might effect my perception of the book. Give me blood and guts but keep your teenage angst!

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    1. I say go with your instincts here and maybe skip this one.

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  2. Well, I'll probably give this one a miss. I'm struggling with YA these days anyway and I have a hard time with ridiculous scenarios and kids who do dumb things:-)

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    1. Probably a good idea. There are just too many other choices out there.

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  3. Glad this one wasn't a total loss, but I wish it was a better read.

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    1. Yeah, me too :) Ah well, I guess they can't all be 5 stars.

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  4. ugh sorry for the disappointment. What a way to spoilt it UGH Well at least you got a goo laugh with that naked character ! LOL

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    1. I know, right? Who reveals the murderer with so much of the book left? Yep, making me laugh is not an easy task so I appreciated that scene :)

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  5. Huh. I thought this sounded good because of the murder mystery but there was 4 hours of book after the killer was revealed? Um nope. I won't be running out to get this one.

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  6. LOL, yes, the meandering into horror is more my speed. I need the training wheels still attached, but the early killer reveal would spit in my Wheaties, too.

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    1. Hehee, my daughter is terrified of anything remotely scary. She thinks I'm a little nuts :)

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  7. Hmm, I'm on he fence about this one because while I like slasher type books and movies, I also like the gore. Yes, I'm weird.

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  8. I wasn't super impressed with this one either, I gave it a moderately positive review I think initially but as I think back o the book I'm less and less fond of it. Agree with your points. It was just kinda meh.

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    1. I was thinking I just wasn't the target audience for this one which may be true.

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  9. I love the title for this one, though!

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    1. I know, right? But you just reminded me of a niggle I missed. Most of the killings aren't even staged with the killer hiding inside someone's house!

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