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Mar 27 2018

There's someone inside your house by Stephanie Perkins

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Pan Macmillan, 2017. ISBN 9781509859801
(Age: 15+) Themes: Horror. Teen slasher. Romance. Makani Young has settled in Nebraska, after leaving behind a dark past. She has made friends with Alex and Darby and has a crush on Ollie, the strange boy who has dyed his hair pink. Then there is a series of shocking murders, starting with the popular Haley, star of the school's drama club. How is Makani involved? Does it have something to do with the secret about her past that she is desperate to keep?
Stephanie Perkins is best known for her romances, Anna and the French kissIsla and the happily ever after, and Lola and the boy next door, all of which are wonderful stories of love. There is certainly a strong element of romance in There's someone inside your house, with Makani and Ollie's growing relationship, but there are also all the elements of a teen slasher movie with some very gruesome murders, culminating in a rather violent chase. At the same time the reader is left wondering just what Makani did to make her leave Hawaii and her ability as a diver far behind.
Perkins is an adept writer, the relationships between the characters are very relatable and the reader is kept in suspense right to the end.
A relatively easy read, this will really appeal to teens who like the horror genre, as it is fast paced, exciting and hard to put down. It is not difficult to see this made into a horror movie and it is one to promote at Halloween!
Pat Pledger

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