“THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE is equal parts heart-stopping horror and steamy romance. It’s tons of bloody fun.” —HelloGiggles
“Turn on–all–the lights before reading this hair-raiser full of serious Scream vibes.” —Seventeen
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.
Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.
“THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE is a heart-pounding page-turner with an outstanding cast of characters, a deliciously creepy setting, and an absolutely merciless body count. Best read at night with big bowl of popcorn, this is a killer addition to the slasher genre written by one of the best contemporary YA writers around.” –Courtney Summers, author of All the Rage and Cracked Up to Be
“Perkins deftly builds the suspense like a pro an uneasy opening leads to some legitimately horrifying murders, and the identity of the killer isn’t quite as important as the motivation…. Readers will be sleeping with one eye open.” —Booklist
“Perkins lulls readers into a false sense of security before twisting the knife. . . . the body count keeps rising, leaving readers with questions of motive and where it will all end.” —Publishers Weekly
And just in, this rave from The Washington Post:
In Stephanie Perkins’ latest young adult novel, “There’s Someone Inside Your House,” teen romance and grisly murders crawl into the backseat of the car for a make-out session, producing a read that is as eerie as it is delightful.
Makani Young has yet to fall in love with her new life in Nebraska with her grandmother. Though she’s made a few friends, she still misses the food, the waves and the weather of Hawaii. The good news is that nobody in her new school knows who she is or what she did last year. The bad news is that a serial killer is busy targeting the students of Osborne High.
As the body count and panic rise, Makani; her two best friends, Alex and Darby; and new love interest, Ollie Larsson (a boy that classmates are side-eyeing in suspicion that he may be responsible for the deaths), try to piece together a connection between the victims. They also work on staying alive.
The Nebraska cornfields provide a glorious backdrop for blood-soaked scenes and prove equally as valuable in framing the love story. Multifaceted characters and fresh dialogue add texture, while the teetering status of Makani and Ollie’s relationship combined with the hunt for the killer creates suspense from all angles.
Perkins has a knack for the unnerving. Frightened teens stumble upon hair-raising oddities: rearranged furniture, a set of keys in the vegetable crisper, an egg timer positioned atop a welcome mat. She also overlays her work with a flair of carnival sideshow, weaving in sinister humor amid the horror. When readers hear the squelching sound of a victim’s head coming off, they may wonder if laughter is permissible at a time like this. The answer is yes, but remember to check under the bleachers for any knife-wielding assailants first.
Catch Stephanie on tour now, or send her congrats on Twitter at @naturallysteph.