There's Someone Inside Your House

There's Someone Inside Your House

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It's been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she's still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii. Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.
Publisher: : Penguin Young Readers Group, 2017
ISBN: 9780525426011
Branch Call Number: PER
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 22 cm


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Coming to Netflix in 2021. A young girl moves to a Nebraska town when people start dying in gruesome ways. This gory murder thriller keeps you wondering who did it, while the graphic descriptions of the horror leave you chilled to the bone.

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This was...not great. I can get behind gore, I can get behind romance. I can even get behind a bit of a silly murder plot. But something about this just didn’t work.

Makani Young has moved from Hawaii to Nebraska to live with her grandmother. When teens from her high school begin to be murdered, Makani fears for her safety, but even more for her newly-almost-boyfriend Ollie’s, and her best friends Alex’s and Darby’s. Who will the killer strike next?

I love a good whodunnit. The tension of constantly wondering, the atmosphere of mystery and suspicion. That was here for about half the book before it all went to hell, and I truly don’t understand why certain decisions were made. The killer’s identity made little impact because I had no idea who he was to begin with, revealing him made no difference to the story, and his motives turned out to be ridiculously simple.

Too simple for it to be a satisfactory reveal at all.

And Makani and her reason for moving in the first place is just...wild, but not in a good way. There was so much mystery surrounding that that kept me reading at the beginning, wondering what she could have done, how juicy it was going to be. And then...that.


The relationships aren’t very fleshed out, though the cast is diverse so credit where credit is due for that. But I didn’t really care about anyone. Ollie is sweet, Makani is fine. But them together just didn’t do anything for me.

This one was very meh. I feel like it could’ve been executed better, or just better thought-through plot-wise instead of relying on gore for all of the horror.

Nov 11, 2020


This was a fun departure from Stephanie Perkins' other books - everything else of hers I have read is very much YA romance, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book.

I was surprised by how intense and graphic the descriptions of the murders and the mutilated bodies were.

I enjoyed the slow reveal of Makani's backstory, but I couldn't help feeling that the reveal of the killer and the killer's motivation fell flat for me. It could be that media has conditioned me to expect crazy out-of-left-field twists, but the whole time I kept feeling like another reveal was coming.

Overall, this book was a fun homage to the teen slasher movie genre! The gradual ramping up of the tension (especially in the final third) was expertly done.


Makani Young moved away from a life she loved in Hawaii to dull and boring Nebraska for one reason: to escape from her old life. She once thought her life was perfect and idyllic, but is now shattered by a few stupid mistakes. Her life is not normal for long, though. When someone begins mercilessly killing the students at her high school, Makani knows that she has to do something to save both her life and the lives of everyone she has come to care for. She soon learns that instead of helping herself by moving to Nebraska, she might have been digging her own grave. This book is extremely descriptive, which made the book a compelling read. In fact, I had a very hard time putting the book back down after picking it up. The problem with this book having such fantastic imagery is the murder scenes. These parts of the book were very graphic and slightly sickening. Fortunately, the murders do not take up a large part of the story, so I was able to get through them quickly. The killer was exposed a little too early for my liking, and at first I felt confused, because the book seemed over about halfway through. Then, I realized that the real mystery was the killer's motive. This is revealed at the end of the book, and it was so obvious that I didn't catch it as I was reading. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read that will have chills shooting up and down your spine long after you've finished. On a scale of 1-5, I would rate this book a 4. Milla, grade 7, Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Sep 04, 2019

If you are a fan of the movie SCREAM you will love this book. This book is EXACTLY like the movie Scream only in book form.

(SPOILER) Literally the opening of this book is exactly like the opening from the movie, in the sense that they introduce you to a character, that you think is the main character but she is killed off within the first 5 minutes of the book! (END OF SPOILER)

There are people getting killed off left and right through out the novel and each murder is told from the victim's point of view. This book is full of blood and guts! Stephanie Perkins paints such a graphic picture, there was one moment where I actually gagged while reading this book! If you like the horror genre, like you can't get a better review than that. Stephanie Perkins almost made me puke! If you read this book and this doesn't happen to you, let me know that I'm a baby in the comments.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 02, 2019

Teen slasher movie in novel form. Good fun.

Nov 14, 2018

This was a quick-paced novel that was easy to read and I was intrigued to read. The relationship between the protagonists did seem a bit forced so it was hard for me to get into the book at the beginning. The characters were decent but didn’t strike me as anything truly special. Only the main two characters seemed to have any sort of development, and the other two characters seemed to fall a bit flat for me. There was a certain suspense aspect throughout the novel that kept me reading it. The book is not written with gory scenes until the end, so if you’re afraid of reading too much slasher type scenes don’t be worried. Overall, this book had a taste of horror but it was a fun cheesy novel. 3.5/5 Stars. @BSMarshmallows of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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

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!

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.

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.

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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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Apr 20, 2020

“He couldn’t be dead, because he was still so alive in her mind.”


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