Friday, December 22, 2017

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Love hurts...

Makani Young thought she'd left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She's found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn't far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets. 
“I guess you never really know what’s going on inside someone else’s head.”
I kept seeing this book everywhere. I wasn't initially intrigued because I had a hard time associating the author of Anna and the French Kiss with a murder mystery. I'm glad I ignored that part of my brain and decided to read this. It was gruesome, more so than I had originally thought it would be, and there were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing. I love it when I'm unable to figure out a book before it's conclusion.

I was expecting to learn who the perpetrator was at the end, but Stephanie Perkins surprised me by identifying them in the middle. Their motives were still unknown, and it made the idea even scarier than before. Is it worse not knowing the face of the murderer, or to have known them all your life? Which would you find more disturbing?

I would also like to point out that the adults in this book, with the exception of Makani's grandmother and Ollie's brother, were infuriating. If there is someone in your town, or even close by for that matter, murdering children/students, why in the hell would you ever leave your child alone? It doesn't make any sense. I would never risk leaving my children unattended in that situation, and honestly, I probably would have left town until the issue was resolved. I would not fly to Vegas for some adult time.

There's Someone Inside Your House didn't make me want to cry in a corner, but it did make me uncomfortable reading it alone at night. 

15 comments:

  1. I am still on the fence about reading this one. I loved Perkins sweet and fluffy books, so I really wanted to read this, but reviews are all over the place. Glad you are on the positive side, because I think I am leaning towards reading it. Great review!

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    1. You should! Just don't go into it thinking it's going to be like her other books. Read it without any expectations, and I think you'll really enjoy it!

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  2. I’m excited to read this one because it’s so different from her other books. Glad to hear it’s suspenseful and exciting.

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    1. Yes! While I adored Anna and the French Kiss, this book isn't anything like it. It's not light and fluffy, but dark and sinister. It makes you think twice about staying home alone, lol.

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  3. I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

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  4. Glad you liked this one! The killer was super creepy. And yes a bit gruesome! I definitely think it's scarier if it's someone you know...

    And I agree about the parents. :)

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    1. Me too! If it's someone you know, it's personal. They already know things about you, which makes it, like you said, super creepy.

      Right? Who would leave their children alone with a crazy murderer in town?? It made no sense!

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  5. I've read so many mixed reviews for this book.

    Unrelated...I love your profile pics on the sidebar -)


    For What It's Worth

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    1. I think the mixed reviews are because people are comparing it to her other books, which isn't fair. I thought it was great. A dark, spooky read.

      Thank you! Jacob had tried to sit in my lap, but ended up knocking me out of the booth! The guy in charge of it tried to help me back in, and the damn thing kept taking pictures of us.

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  6. I was a bit meh about this to be perfectly honest, but I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it! :) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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    1. I'm sorry it was "meh" for you! I don't normally read/watch anything scary, so I think this was perfect for me. It was creepy and disturbing, but I didn't want to go cry in a corner, lol. (I scare easily.)

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  7. I had the audiobook too (which I'm happy about)! Wasn't it weird that the perp was named in the middle? It was a risky move but I would have preferred more time to guess and speculate on who the killer was.

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    1. That's usually how I feel, but I thought this had an interesting twist! I still wasn't sure of the motives, so that kept me guessing until the end.

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