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Tea & Book Chat: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Personal Thoughts:  A new Stephanie Perkins novel is pretty much an insta-buy for me.  Despite Stephanie tackling something so outside of her wheelhouse (horror instead of the cute contemporaries of hers that I’ve come to love) I had been excited to keep an open mind and read her next story.  Since I do enjoy the occasional horror novel, I was hopeful that Stephanie’s would deliver but sadly I did not end up enjoying this one.

Plot Summary:  In small town Nebraska where there’s a deadzone for cell phone service, teenagers at Osborne High begin getting killed off one by one.  In a series of gruesome murders and an intense hunt for the killer, we follow Makani and Olly as they try to stop the murderer while also having to confront their pasts.

Critique:  While I appreciated the diversity in the story- Makani is an African American girl who has recently transferred to Osborne High while running from her past- I did not enjoy this story sadly.  The first half of the book kept my interest but things took a turn about halfway through.  The killer was revealed too early, making the rest of the chase feel a bit anticlimactic.  There were several moments that had me peeking out the windows of the log cabin I decided to read this in but overall, it didn’t scare me anywhere near as much as I was hoping for.  In regard to the big reveal, I also felt that the killer’s motivations weren’t thoroughly explained and I was left with some questions that answered, would’ve enhanced the story.  Overall, I was just expecting more out of this one.  I kept waiting for a twist that never came.  The one thing I did enjoy is the romance between Makani and Olly.  Stephanie Perkins can do no wrong when it comes to writing teenage relationships.

Do I Recommend?:  Sadly, I can’t say that I do. I would stick to Stephanie’s contemporary romances if you’re looking to read one of her books.  As a horror novel, I found it unsatisfying.

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5 Responses to “Tea & Book Chat: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins”

  1. That makes me sad you didn’t really enjoy this. I have seen similar reviews though. I hope she does a straight contemporary next!
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  2. Oh no!!! I am SUPER excited about reading this one this month :( Hopefully I’ll like it better than you did– I was really in the mood for some Scream type 90’s horror.
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  3. I am not a fan of her romance novels, so maybe I will like this because it’s different.
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  4. I am sorry this one didn’t work for you. It sounds like the plot wasn’t to organized. Great review!
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