on September 26th 2017
Pages: 287 pages
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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.
When it comes to the gory and horror I’m a big chicken. I can’t even bring myself to finish watching Stranger Things although I did read the wikipedia summaries or even watch The Walking Dead. I can’t stand the sight of my own blood. So, you must be thinking ‘Jackie, so why did you read There’s Someone Inside Your House if you’re a big ol’ scaredy cat?’ because, duh, it’s by Stephanie Perkins. You can’t pass up a novel written by Stephanie Perkins when you know there’s going to be some cute fluff around the corner. Of course that part of the book didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed seeing the tender moments between Makani and Ollie. Ollie reminded me of St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss for some odd reason. But, anyways, as their relationship grows in the novel so does the murders. The murder scenes are familiar and almost a cliche, but I got spooked nevertheless. Which reminds me if you’ve read The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith the murder scenes are similar to that novel, which is probably the reason why I couldn’t finish that book. It’s more hardcore than this one for sure.
Because our characters live in a small town they also get caught up in the murder frenzy by grilling Ollie for details as his brother is a cop. It’s really terrible and sad to find out that the suspect could be anyone. They all grew up with each other and now there’s distrust among themselves; anyone could be a suspect and anyone could be the next victim. What I enjoyed about this book was that while it seems like Makani and Ollie’s problematic romance was the forefront of the novel we also get to interact with the characters who are about to get murdered. This makes it impossible not to not care about them because while they are briefly mentioned in passing, it does make you ask why are they the next victims. So, yeah, Makani and Ollie…I wasn’t sure about the whole romance in this book because I wanted the horror playing a large part but I liked the way it worked out. Despite Makani being a new student I liked seeing things from her perspective because she doesn’t have a deep connection with these kids. She just knows their stories (or gossip if you will) through her friends, although it does make her seem like she’d judge others easily because of this; however, she doesn’t as she, too, have a past that she wants to escape from herself.
If you’re familiar with the horror/mystery genre you could probably guess who the killer is, but since I suck at solving mysteries (I’m sure Sherlock Holmes would’ve solved this before the end of chapter one) I was surprised to find out who because you don’t really know much about him. Granted it made perfect sense that he would be the killer, but the thing is it’s someone who you never thought twice as they seem to disappeared after mentioned only a couple of times. Overall, I’d recommend this book if you’re looking for a classic Halloween spooky read. It might not be spooky for some but it did make me read it out in the open instead of at night when everyone is asleep.