The second horror I’m reviewing in a row, I picked up a proof copy of this at YALC. I read the first three chapters, then got bored and put it down. Despite trying to pick it up again several times, it wasn’t until the week it was released that I actually got around to reading this slasher romance. I don’t really feel like I had missed out though.
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.
The final line of the blurb states that this book is impossible to put down. I definitely did not find that to be the case. In fact, I put it down so many times, I wasn’t sure I was ever going to finish it, and was slightly afraid it might end up on my abandoned shelf – one of very few to do that! But I did eventually slog my way through it, and wasn’t exactly regretful after that I had left it so long.
I think my problem with this book was that it was, in essence, a love story. A story of new girl Makani finding her tribe in high school, finding love, and accepting who she is, her past, and that her friends love her. It just so happened that while this was going on, a teenaged psychopath was running around bumping off her classmates.
The opening chapter of this book starts with the first murder. I think what made this story feel so disjointed to me was that the victims of the murders were usually introduced only moments before their death. This left absolutely no time for the reader to get to know them, develop any feelings about them, or really care that they had been the victim of a grisly crime. On top of that, the slasher themselves was so poorly developed that even after their identity and motivation were revealed, the foregoing murders still seemed pointless.
When I read The Rest of Us Just Live Here, I quite enjoyed the little synopses at the start of each chapter of what the Chosen Ones were up to. This was largely because it wasn’t entirely relevant to the plot, but it provided a fun little diversion, and an interesting addition to the wider context of the story I was interested in.
The murder scenes interspersed throughout There’s Someone Inside Your House felt a little like those start of chapter snippets, except this time around, they were supposed to be a major part of the plot. In fact, the most major part of the plot.
So as I said earlier, this is a romance, in truth. It just happens to have a paper-thin covering of a slasher fic on top. If you want horror, read horror. If you want romance, read Perkins’ other books. I would strongly advise you give this particular effort a miss.