This proof was given to me for free by the publisher, Pan Macmillan. This does not influence my opinion in any way.
Over a year after her parents sent her away from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life. She’s made a small group of close friends and even flirted with romance, but her past in Hawaii is still hard to forget.
And then . . . one by one the students of her new high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders. Makani doesn’t know who’s next on the list. Between this, and a secret scorching relationship with the school weirdo, this school year may turn out to be one to die for . . . literally.
Okay, so when the unofficial queen of sappy love stories delves into the world of horror, I’m worried. I wanted to give Perkins the benefit of the doubt, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Would she be able to write a story that would keep me at the edge of my seat and, more importantly, not make me gag with a sickly-sweet romance? YES. SHE. DID.
Spoiler alert (but not really): in There’s Someone Inside Your House, there is someone… inside their house. For me, the best scary stories are the stories that use everyday things and make them very creepy. And isn’t that a fear that everyone has had? The “someone” in this story also taunts their victims buy moving things around and I’m sure I’m going to piss my pants next time I can’t find something!
The first chapter starts from the point of view of one of the victims, not the main character. I didn’t catch on immediately and it completely confused me, but once I got it, it freaking creeped me out! It was a bit weird to start of the story, but it was a good way to kick off the story as you immediately drew comparisons to what’s happening in Makani’s house.
Breaking into someone’s house in the dead of night to rearrange their furniture while they slept? He wished he’d thought of it.
Even though this is a horror story, there is a certain amount of romance present as you can expect from a Perkins novel. Now, I’m the self-proclaimed queen of reading over the romancy-parts in books and not getting invested, but the romance didn’t bother me at all. Probably because I was still suspecting everyone of being the killer at that point, but it wasn’t overly sappy nor did it take attention away form the stabby-stabby parts.
The ending couldn’t have been any more of a cliche, but to be honest, I loved it. It first made me laugh out loud for it’s utter clicheness (couldn’t Perkins have imagined anything more original?), but then it started to seriously freak me out. Was There’s Someone Inside Your House the best horror book I ever read? Definitely not. It wasn’t necessarily scary, but so freaking creepy and fun to read. If you’re looking for something different to read this Halloween, you should check this one out!
Have you read this book? If not, does it sound interesting to you? If yes, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!