Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Source: ALA Annual
Age Group: Teens
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.
I have been hearing non-stop raving commentary of Stephanie Perkins and her novels. With how brilliant of a writer she is to how you can't help falling in love with the romance stories she has created. So naturally, her first book that I read is her newest horror story. Typical Chayse!
I have to admit, though, that I I am much more of a fan reading horror than watching it, and of course the only time to read horror is at night time. So that is what I did. Typical Chayse!
The story that is brought is one that will leave you on the end of your seat anxiously awaiting to see what will come when you turn the page. Makani is a likable protagonist and we see some growth in her character throughout the novel. Olly was my favorite and he brought something (a little cheesy) to the relationship that I always find myself falling for. I would have loved to see a little bit more of character development from the other characters but it did not stop me from pushing through.
Speaking to the horror aspect, it was not as scary as I would have wanted it to be. I applaud Perkins for stepping out of her comfort zone to bring us something different, I think this is where the story fell short for me. Yes there were moments where I did have to look behind me, thinking that there might be someone there but not to the extent where I felt I needed to give myself a break because of how terrified I was.
Overall, Perkins steps out to deliver a pleasant slasher teen novel that I encourage you to check out. Maybe you are like me and would read this at night or maybe reading when the sun is still out suits you better. Whatever the time make sure you don't pass up this book that will want you knowing who may be there in the shadows waiting.
I give this book 4 souls!