I really like Stephanie Perkins as a romance author but when it comes to horror, it’s not really her strong suit. I did really enjoy the book though! Besides the poor attempts at making the book scary, this book was really cute and interesting.
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 didn’t really mind the main character, but she doesn’t really have a ton of substance. She is closed off to some and incredibly open to others and I feel like a lot of people can relate to that. Makani is an African American lead character and I was really happy to see her and a transgender character in this novel! I feel like where Perkins failed with horror, she made up with diversity. I can’t say that Makani will stick with me for long because she wasn’t that memorable, even if I did like the romance between her and another boy.
Besides the obviously not scary murderer, Perkins did something that annoyed me to no end. Every time someone in Makini’s life did something slightly standoffish towards her, she freaked out and thought they suddenly knew about her “terrible past” and that they were going to hate her. Now yes foreshadowing is a great literary technique but when she’s freaking out about her past every other chapter, it gets a little excessive. Then when you actually find out what happened, it’s not even that bad. It was a letdown and it made me think that Makini was someone who always exaggerated.
I will say that Perkins did a great job of creating another novel that was fast-paced and could be read in one sitting. I read this book in a day and I really liked that about it. There wasn’t a ton of filler and that was something I really enjoyed because with some horror books just drag on.
I think I would recommend this book to anyone who likes her other romance books but I would say to not bother reading it if you’re looking for a horror novel. There really isn’t any reason to place an age restriction on this book, except maybe don’t read it if you’re squeamish and don’t like hearing about dead bodies.