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.
Well, this book was shocking. I spend the first half of this book appreciating it for being good trash — you know, like those terrible horror movies you watch just to laugh at them? — but in the second half I just wanted the killer to win. I wanted everyone to die, including myself if this book didn’t end soon. It was just so, so awful. I can’t sugarcoat how I feel about this book, and I’m sorry. I wanted to enjoy it. I wanted a great horror novel to read during the month of Halloween. But nope. I didn’t find my new favourite scary read in There’s Someone Inside Your House.
I don’t know why I expected anything other than what I was given from Stephanie Perkins — the author of the fluffy trash novels Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. I did enjoy those novels. I enjoyed them as much as I would enjoy any other trashy fluff novel that I can read a chapter of before falling asleep. There was nothing particularly stimulating about them, or nothing that made me think about something in a new way. They were just fun books.
There’s Someone Inside Your House started off that way too. I’m a sucker for badly-made horror movies, such as Happy Death Day — which I saw recently — and so I was enjoying There’s Someone Inside Your House at first. It wasn’t spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, but it passed the time. But the problem with those types of books or movies is that you tend to get bored towards the middle because there’s nothing really to them keeping you interested.
So once I kind of had enough of laughing at all the stupid things going on and the way this book was trying to scare me, I just moved on to wanting the killer to win. I didn’t care about the characters at all. There was nothing that made me like them or want to keep them alive. They were just there, being increasingly annoying. Perhaps I was somewhat distanced from them because this novel is written in third person, but I’m just going to say it’s because they’re literally the dullest people I’ve ever read about. The romance lacked chemistry, their ‘dates’ were cringe-worthy, and I just couldn’t care less about how sad it was that people were being killed. Sayonara, losers.
Is this the worst YA horror novel I’ve ever read? Possibly. I can’t even tell you much about the characters because I was too busy wishing they would all get killed. Even the ‘surprising’ ending couldn’t lift this book’s rating. If you want to read this, be my guest, but honestly — save yourself from the pain. If the killer came up to me and told me I had spend the rest of my life reading There’s Someone Inside Your House or they’d kill me, I’d choose death.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Recommendations for Halloween Reads…
Spooky Books I Want to Read…
Have you read There’s Someone Inside Your House yet? What are some of your favourite Halloween reads? Are you reading spooky books throughout the month of October? What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read? I’d love to know!