Today, we’re hosting a stop on the official blog tour for There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins, which wins the award this year for book that I both simultaneously enjoyed and regretted reading. Why, you ask?
Well, I adore Stephanie Perkins, and I’ve loved her previous books. But I’m also a big ol’ weenie when it comes to horror and scary stuff.
And Stephanie really nails the horror, scary stuff in this book.
Here’s a look at the 10 things I experienced while reading There’s Someone Inside Your House:
I went into this book with trepidation. It was described as “a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story” — and I’ve never done well with slasher stories. The graphic violence, though unpleasant, has never even been the big turnoff for me. What does me in is the building up of suspense. Jump scares and tension and not knowing if someone might literally be inside my house. So I proceeded with caution as I cracked this book open.
2. So far so good …
Okay, that first murder wasn’t fun, but I’m doing okay, getting to know the characters and the setting.
3. The Steph Perkins Swoon Factor
Slasher/horror element aside, this is still a Stephanie Perkins book — and all the romance and swooniness you’d expect from one of her books is here in all it’s wonderful, romantic glory.
4. Ewwww …
Forget what I said earlier about not being “that bothered” by the gore/violence. How can the same mind that dreamed up Étienne St. Clair also come up with THAT murder?!
5. I know the book is called There’s Someone Inside Your House … but is there someone inside MY house?!
Every creak and groan and settling of my house has started to become suspect.
6. NEED MORE LIGHTS ON.
The darkness of the hallway beyond my bedroom door is not okay. Nope. Time to go turn every light in the house on.
7. Must. Keep. Reading.
Okay, this is intense AF and I am jumping at imaginary sounds now, but maybe if I just finish the book and get to a nice, resolved, happy Steph Perkins ending, I’ll be okay. It will be okay.
8. I am not okay.
This is not a nice Steph Perkins book, and I see no happy ending in sight.
9. I … survived?
Okay, I’ve finished the book. I made it. But … what was that noise? It’s 2am. I have to wake my husband up. For reasons, okay?! I’m not really going to sleep much after that.
10. Time for fluff!
I followed-up this book with a fluffy, romantic book. Because NOPE. I still can’t do horror, even when it’s written by Stephanie Perkins. I regret my life choices.
Thanks for freaking me out, Stephanie. Despite being traumatically terrorized by this book, I actually really did like it! I can’t say I ~enjoyed~ the reading experience entirely. But the book was great. So, I hereby award There’s Someone Inside Your House the BEST BOOK I REGRET READING award:
Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.
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.International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.
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