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Thursday, October 19, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins @naturallysteph @LLAudiobooks

NARRATOR: Bahni Turpin
PUBLISHER: Listening Library
PUBLICATION DATE: September 26, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 9 hrs and 26 mins
GENRE: Young Adult, Horror
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.

MY REVIEW:

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for voluntary review consideration.

This fast-paced story was a quick read for me, and I really enjoyed it!

Someone is brutally killing teenagers in Osborne, Nebraska. This killer likes to mess with the victims, like moving things in the house before he attacks so that the victim is aware that something isn’t right and that they aren't alone. Can you imagine how chilling that would be? The killer is truly diabolical and twisted, and that is what makes the book so good and reminiscent of the movie Scream!

The killer makes a mistake, and his attack on Makani is interrupted by her boyfriend. The identity of the killer then becomes known because Makani survived, and the hunt is on. Meanwhile, Makani and her friends try to figure out the connection between the victims to determine the next target.

Makani is an interesting character. She is a native of Hawaii, and her parents sent her to live with her aunt in Nebraska after something happened to her. Part of the mystery of the story is not knowing what’s in Makani’s past. I have to say that the revelation was a bit of a let-down. It wasn't nearly as scandalous as I was expecting! I'm still kind of scratching my head wondering why it was such a big deal, because she was a victim and the ones who were ultimately to blame were the ones who perpetrated the offence.

This is my first book by this author, and I was a bit taken aback at all the sex in this YA book! Makani meets a boy at the grocery store and shows up there once a week to make out with him on his break. When they finally go off to somewhere more secluded and private to have sex, their "relationship" (I use that term loosely) fizzles out and they don’t see each other again. Just a wham-bam thank you ma’am! I am not an advocate for casual sex, especially amongst teens. That was a disappointment for me. Makani and this boy do reconnect and have more of a committed romance, but it’s still more sex than I like to see in a YA book. I do applaud the author for her diversity in characters, with Makani’s background and her transgender friend.

I enjoyed the macabre details of the slayings. I know that Perkins normally writes contemporary YA romances, which generally aren’t my thing. However, I’d definitely pick up another one of her scary books if she writes one again!

Bahni Turpin was a good choice for narrator, although I thought her pace was a tad slow. I did enjoy the flair and attitude she gave to each character. Here is a sample:



MY RATING:
4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy horror. Thanks again to Listening Library for the opportunity to review this audiobook!

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2 comments:

  1. Oooh! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I'm hoping to pick it up soon!

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    1. I did. I'm not sure whether I'd enjoy Perkins' usual YA romances, but this one was my style :)

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