There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
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 normally don’t get scared reading, but we lost power the night I started this book. I read my book light and had to use a small flashlight to get around the house. Needless to say, I was a bit freaked out every time I had to go to the other end of the house. We live in a very small rural town and everything was out. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it so dark here. As annoying as it was (we have no water when we lose power), it did make this book perfect for that night.
As with any mystery, I don’t want to give away too much about the plot. I’ll do my best to keep this short, but still have a decent review.
Makani Young had only been living with her grandma in Nebraska for about a year. Before that, she lived in Hawaii, so this was a big change for her. We don’t find out the details until much later in the book, but she left for a reason. Something happened that she got in trouble for. Makani became two friends and the three of them spent a lot of time together. I adored both Alex and Darby. Alex was snarky and I always want that in books. Darby was just kind. Over the summer, Makani started fooling around with an outcast boy, Ollie. They slept together once, but haven’t spoken since school started.
Most of the book follows Makani’s story, but we also get chapters from the characters that are going to be killed or attacked. After the first murder, kids were scared, but everyone assumed it was a one time thing. But then there were more and more murders, all local high school kids. The killer liked to mess with them, too. He or she moved things around, opened drawers, moved furniture, etc. I think that one was of the creepiest things. The murders were grotesque with the killer mutilating parts of each victim. One of the rumors is that it’s Ollie, but Makani refuses to believe that. They start seeing each other again even when her friends warned her why that rumor was going around.
Ollie lived in the country with his brother Chris, a cop. Their parents died and Chris had to come back to care for Ollie. Makani’s parents are getting divorced, but they really don’t seem to care about her. I think that helped the two bond a bit. Makani’s grandma was such an awesome character and I really loved her. Her grandma was going to a sleep study because they kept waking up to open drawers in the kitchen. Makani assumed her grandma was sleep walking. No one knew about the killer’s habits yet…
That’s pretty much all I can say. The setting in rural Nebraska surrounded by cornfields was perfect. I grew up around a lot of cornfields (and still do). They are a bit freaky at night. I liked most of the characters. There were a lot of killings, including attacks on people I liked. Please be aware that this is a horror/mystery/thriller. There are a lot of things that might bother readers. Just some of the warnings: a lot of death, killer uses a knife, body parts, lots of blood and gore, bullying, hazing, death of parents, talk of suicide, depression. I know there are more that I’m forgetting.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5. I’m not sure if my circumstances made me rate it higher than if I was reading it in a light house, but I enjoyed it and had fun reading it. I love books like this. It definitely had the feel of movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer (one scene).
Have you read this book yet? Is it on your TBR? Do you generally enjoy these types of books? If so, what are some YA that you would recommend?