There's Someone Inside your House

There's Someone Inside your House

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Hawaii-born Makani Young's new life in Nebraska is thrown into chaos when a serial killer begins to target her fellow high school students"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
ISBN: 9780525426011
0525426019
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y PERKINS, S

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 14, 2018

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins in book format This book is about a girl named Makani who moved to town a year ago from Hawaii and is navigating her senior year. She has friends who care about her, parents who don’t, and a grandmother that she takes care of since her parents shipped her away. Over the summer she had something with a loner named Ollie. Everything seems to be going normal, she figures out her relationship with Ollie and the year is going fine until someone gets murdered. Then, a series of other murders of students in Makani’s high school comes next. Each time someone gets killed, the book shifts to their perspective and shows how the killer moves things around their house to make their victims think they are crazy before killing them. No one is safe in this chilling novel and even Makani has a run in with the murderer and is forced to reveal her past and how she was almost sent to jail. I would give this book 5/5 because normally I am not a fan or horror books but this one was so interesting and unique in how the author managed to creep you out. It also has a love story, a trans guy and an African American girl without making those the centre of the story. They way that the author describes the struggles of Makani is accurate and the fact her best friend is trans isn’t the centre of his character as it is in most books. @skybooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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haleythetaco
Nov 03, 2018

This book was amazing! I would just like to give props to the author, Stephanie Perkins, for the captivating writing and the riveting death scenes. This book is definitely one of my all time favorite books. If you like this book as well as I did, I recommend the following: "Awake" by Natasha Preston, "The Cabin" by Natasha Preston, "The Cellar" by Natasha Preston, and "Survive The Night" by Danielle Vega. Although this book is more intense than the others listed, they are just as captivating and just as awesome!

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grooven
Aug 26, 2018

Not impressed at all. The killer is revealed way too soon ruining any mystery the book had. The main character's big reveal hardly added to making any logical sense with the outcome. The town has a serial killer and people keep going out like normal, while a killer is on the loose.

The logical points of the book, mixed with no mystery made this a huge waste of time in the end.

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luxen
Aug 09, 2018

Very good thriller novel! Perkins really got my blood pumping during each murder scene and my adrenaline racing as the town raced to find the murderer! There was also an appropriate amount of romance, which prevented the novel from becoming too intense with cute scenes and light humor. I do wish there had been a bit more character development behind the main characters Ollie, Alex, Darby, and Makani, but other than that it was very good. I'd definitely recommend this if you're into murder mysteries and thrillers! The scenes reminded me of a movie!

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jul 10, 2018

Fun and fast paced. Reminded me of the Netflix series Scream.

ArapahoeLesley Feb 08, 2018

Gory and bloody and not at all Perkins usual but I could still enjoy the characters and her writing.

OPL_KrisC Jan 31, 2018

I found this book hilarious and laughed so many times while reading it. Yes it's gory and yes it's sometimes a little predictable, but I still enjoyed reading it.

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PinesandPrejudice
Dec 06, 2017

I'm not going to lie, I expected a lot more out of this book. It also took about five turns in the direction of boring and predictable and that made me sad. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that a romance was really the center of this book because Stephanie Perkins wrote it but I thought maybe it might be different...and it was but the essence was still about young love. And despite all of the turmoil it was still a happy ending. The representation was good though -- I appreciated that.

The most disappointing part of the book was Makani's big secret reveal. It was this whole secret and mysterious part of the book. But then it was a bullying lame thing. Hazing or whatever. I was not impressed. It was sad actually -- I hate those situations and they made me upset because I can't stand the fact that none of the characters have the courage to get themselves out of the situation or stand up for themselves. So yeah...I wanted something meatier than a basic bullying story.

After like the second murder, it wasn't creepy any more. Yes, there was an escalation of the murders and the violence but not of the mystery. Anyway -- I wanted more mystery and less predictability. It was okay but nothing more than that.

DBRL_ANNEG Dec 05, 2017

This book was scary and made me think of a good teen slasher flick....until about the halfway point. Then the murderer was revealed very early and the story lost a lot of its momentum for me. The killer's motive is not revealed until the end of the book, and I honestly thought the motive was fine. But the early reveal of who the killer was took away so much of the suspense. This novel was setting itself up for a great twist, but sadly it was lacking. With that said, I'd consider trying one of Stephanie Perkins' books again; hopefully next time she'll get it right (because she sure knows how to get a story going!)

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kelseycrowland
Nov 14, 2017

It was okay. The teen slasher concept was interesting and that element of it was well done, but the main character I thought was rather annoying. She moves to Nebraska because of a "dark secret" that is quite a letdown when you finally learn what it is. The killers motive is weak and pretty much as soon as you find out what it is the book just ends. There is no denouement whatsoever. It just ends.

All in all, a fine unique read that's a bit disappointing but also enjoyable enough given the unique concept.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jul 10, 2018

Sexual Content: Implied sex

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jul 10, 2018

Violence: Some violence

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