Makani left Hawaii to reluctantly live with her Grandma in Nebraska, and with that she thought she left her past there. But when students of Osborne High start being killed off at an alarming rate and residents of the area are becoming overcome with fear, she realises that hiding her past may not be the best thing to do.
I’d been wanting to read There’s Someone Inside Your House since I first heard about it before its release. Since then though, I hadn’t heard/read many great things about this book, so I wasn’t in a rush to read it. Me and my bestfriend did a book swap recently however which landed me with a copy of it. My hopes weren’t high, but I ended up being glad I read it.
Initially, I was very confused. The author used an egg timer as an object I was supposed to be spooked by. Honestly it was laughable, and didn’t set the book off to a good start. Then we didn’t even get details of that murder, which left me frustrated and wanting some gore! Which I suppose was smart, as it kept me reading. Soon the book moved onto deadnaming a transgender character, which is absolutely not an acceptable thing to do. By this point I was only reading it to talk about how ridiculous this book is with my friend.
Our main character Makani is biracial, and as I said there’s a trans character. As for love interest Ollie, I wasn’t interested in him. His bright pink hair and lip piercing definitely didn’t intrigue me.
The killer was revealed in the middle, which I didn’t understand and the reveal itself was disappointing. I was hoping it was somehow a red herring. Makani’s big secret/bad thing she did in Hawaii was hyped up a lot which also caused disappointment when it was finally revealed. As for the people who were killed, I only felt bad for two of them. The deaths were rather on the predictable and repetitive side but hey, I’m not mad about it.
There’s Someone Inside Your House was really entertaining throughout, regardless of the extremely rocky beginning. I stuck with it, ended up getting hooked and reading it all in one sitting. It was super fun (albeit far fetched) and while I wouldn’t use the word scary to describe it, I didn’t feel like I wasted my time reading it. It wasn’t without issues, and perhaps if I’d actually purchased this book I’d feel differently now.
I think why I ended up quite liking it is because it’s pretty much just a romance heavy contemporary YA (which I like to read when I’m feeling mushy, sorry not sorry), with some murder thrown in. Works for me, but if you’re looking for a book that wants to be taken seriously or a full on horror book, this won’t be for you. I really surprised myself by giving it 4 stars.