There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Dutton BFYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, High School, Murder
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.
DNF – 40%
Was I supposed to be afraid of going to bed at night after finishing this book? Was I supposed to be terrified?
Wasn’t I? Isn’t that why this book is shelved under ‘‘horror’’ and described as ‘‘Scream meets YA’’?
I remember watching the Scream movies vividly, because those did in fact scare me. They didn’t keep me from closing my eyes, but they did make me tense and jump at key moments.
This book didn’t do anything to me. It is readable, that’s true. Stephanie Perkins has written and edited a couple of bestsellers, so she would know how to keep a reader’s attention.
But boy is she bad at mystery/thriller/horror. There is absolutely NO tension. I was interested for a while, because I kept expecting something to happen or wishing, hoping anything would in the next sentences, but nothing ever did.
So I closed it. What is the point of reading a book with characters you care as much about as you do that ant stealing your bread? Students kept dying off—whooooosh killer on the loose!!!—and still I expected something to happen.
I thought authors knew by now that you have to kill someone the reader cares about to make a change whatsoever in the storyline.
Definitely a DNF. (Plus I read the ending and now I’m SO glad I didn’t take the time to finish it. Let’s all hope this author sticks to (great, sweet, mesmerizing) contemporary romances.
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