Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins
It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii.
Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.
Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.
I struggled with what rating to give this book. I really did. At first, I wanted to give it five stars for the wonderful array of characters but as the book went on, it lost more and more appeal to me due to issues in the plot. There’s Someone Inside Your House begins with a girl, Makani Young, who moves to a small town in Nebraska to be with her grandmother after an incident in Hawaii made her a social pariah. In her new town of Osborne, she has her circle of friends who she cherishes more than anything but she cannot quite forget about the loved ones she left behind.
Makani wants to get out of the town but takes comfort in the fact that no one there knows the truth of who she is and what she’s done. Then the killings begin. This is where I started to feel conflicted about the book. The killings are ultimately unrelated and the killer himself turns out to be very random. I had assumed that Makani’s past that she was so scared of would have something to do with the killings but it actually turned out to be very pointless to the overall story. When it was finally revealed why she moved, I felt almost disappointed.
I kept reading however and the ending turned out to be disappointing as well. The serial killer was just an average human yet there were several times he was outnumbered and he always got away completely unscathed. One time or two, I could be okay with, but it happened so many times that it just lost believability.
If you’re a fan of quick, slasher reads with plenty of blood and gore, this might be up your alley.