Hello humans! I’m excited to keep on with the theme of yesterday which was of course ‘books I wouldn’t normally read but I actually enjoyed’. Today I’m reviewing a YA contemporary horror novel that I picked up an ARC of at YALC about three months ago. Yes my reading schedule has been that jam packed! So without further ado let’s see what I thought of There’s Someone Inside Your House.
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.
I should start this review with the preface that I am the most cowardly human ever. I am such a scaredy cat I never ever ever watch horror films. But I do love the stories. I often cheat and just look up the plot summary online and enjoy the cleverness (or lack of in some cases) and avoid all of the actually frightening parts. So when it transpired that I was reading a horror novel about a serial killer (incidentally I was home alone at the time) I was a little apprehensive.
I found it’s actually better (if you’re like me) to treat this book like a particularly gruesome murder mystery novel and then the jump scares (how can there be jumpscares in a book? I was so confused and startled) don’t bother you quite so much.
Let’s kick off with our main character, Makani, yay for diverse main characters! There was an interesting side plot of her dark past which I think was an interesting element that didn’t quite play up to what it could have been? A good mystery novel has to have a lot of threads the reader can go down, of course, but this one felt a little forced at times and I just think it could have been used to better effect. All in all I actually enjoyed reading Makani’s story, she’s a good main character through which the story unfolds.
What I noticed was the amount of romance in this book. That wasn’t totally bothersome to me, but I can imagine some people won’t care at all about a romance and want to read a truly gruesome novel. But I think that’s a trope of teen-audience horror films which seems to be what this book draws a lot of inspiration from. There’s an honesty to that which I appreciated.
I don’t think this is a book that everyone will enjoy. On the contrary, I think some people are going to thoroughly dislike it. For some I think it will be one of the greatest books they have ever read. For me? Well I wouldn’t have ever picked this book up by myself but I actually think it was an entertaining read. I enjoyed exploring a new genre and I was certainly never bored while reading this!
My rating: 4/5
There’s Someone Inside Your House is available now!
By the way, I received an advanced review copy of this book from the publisher at YALC. All opinions are my own.
What say you? Do you like branching out into new genres every now and then? Let me know in the comments below!