There’s Someone Inside Your House – ARC Review

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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.”

Have you ever wondered what would happen if YA contemporary romance writer turned to the dark side? Apparently, this is it, and I’m slightly disappointed.

This book is a high school murder mystery, kind of like Scream but not as good. Sorry, to admit it so early on, but the mystery in this book never really pulled me. Part of this may have been due to the fact that most of the victims are people we hardly know.

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If you want the audience to be afraid for the characters, you are gonna have to go a little Game of Thrones and start killing people who have at least more than two lines. Put your characters in danger! I don’t care if background charter #2 dies a tragic death! Show us that the characters we’ve grown attached to can die also!

Since there was none of that going down there was no real suspense.

There were certain questions that went throughout the book, that was obviously made to create suspense but ended up failing. Questions such as, “what is Makani’s deep dark secret”? We spend half of the book wondering why she left Hawaii and while it was bad, it’s really not as bad as the build-up made it seem.

Also, things like the villain reveal. I love that moment when we finally find out who done it. Here, it was really anticlimactic. I had to read it twice to make sure that this random person they so casually mentioned really was the murderer. And then, his motive seemed a bit…lame, I guess? It wasn’t predictable but it made me think like it wasn’t a good enough reason to start murdering people. Not that there ever is a good reason to murder people!

In the end, I think that the overall problem with this “murder mystery” was that it read too much like a regular contemporary novel. I liked the romance between Makani and Ollie, it was cute and engaging and it made me smile at several moments. The problem was that while I was reading about them falling for each other, I couldn’t help but remember that people were getting killed in the background and little focus is being cast on it until the end. This ain’t a romance novel Stephanie! I would a appreciate a little less love and little more murder!

Still, I liked this book. The writing wasn’t bad. The characters were pretty decent. The horror was very gruesome, not very scary, but bloody and really messed up. Also, I read one of the murder scenes before going to bed one night and was paranoid until the moment I fell asleep, so it gets bonus points for that.

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Now, here are a few tips for survival.

1. This is for the current and future parents out there, if there is a murderer who’s killing teenagers on the loose in your town (God forbid), don’t go on vacation to Vegas and leave your child alone! What kind of neglectful parent are you! Heck, don’t leave your child alone at all! Take him with you everywhere you go!

2. Another thing, if there is a killer on the loose and you start noticing sketchy things in your house one night, don’t assume it’s a prank, and don’t go to investigate! Run for your lives!

3. Also, if you are in a crowd while a killer is on the loose, don’t decide that now is the best time to enter secluded/abandoned area on your own. That just ain’t smart.

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4. Lastly, if a shadowy figure appears in your house, and you are aware that a killer is out there, heck, even if you aren’t aware of the killer, don’t go slowly walking towards it! Grab a weapon and run! #CommonSense #Survival

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**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

{There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins will be published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on September 26th, 2017 (Today)}

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7 thoughts on “There’s Someone Inside Your House – ARC Review

  1. What a pity you didn’t like it! I haven’t read this yet, now I’m wondering if I should or not… also “Not that there ever is a good reason to murder people!” made me chuckle Hahaha 😀

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