Thank you to netgalley and Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Makani has moved to Nebraska after an incident in her home of Hawaii but her classmates are being killed off slowly, one by one. The town is in complete shock as it is a small town, but the police aren’t used to having to deal with a crime like this and things only seem to go from bad to worse.
I was excited for this book because I’ve enjoyed previous Stephenie Perkins novels in the past, but I wasn’t sure if I would like it because I’m not normally partial to horror/thrillers. BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE IT’S JUST NOT SCARY. Look I didn’t hate it, I finished it and thought it was ok. It was easy to read. BUT, and that’s a big but, for a book that was supposed to be scary I never once felt scared reading it. It focussed far too much on the romance. The murders didn’t feel very threatening at all. I think had they been written in a different way it might’ve changed thins because there’s were creepy elements to it, but at times it felt so campy. It felt more like Scary Movie than an actual scary movie. And that would’ve been fine had it been advertised like that, but it wasn’t.
Makani was OBSESSED with this incident that happened in her past. She constantly made reference to it and was worried that anyone would find out she’d done it. But then you find out what it is and it’s just so ridiculous that it just angered me that there was all that build up. Same goes for the killer. When you find out who it is it just feels fake.
I didn’t mind Makani, when she’s not stressing out about her past she’s ok and it’s nice to have an MC in a horror story that isn’t white, as she has a Hawaiian mother. There is also a trans secondary character which I felt was dealt with well, but I could be wrong on that. Olly, the love interest is a weird one. He starts off with a really odd vibe, he obtains Makani’s number through illegal methods and I really felt a bit sketchy about him but as the novel goes on I found myself coming around to him. But because it was so romance heavy it did leave me feeling a bit sour about the whole thing.
I think because I’m not a huge horror reader this was ok for me, but if I got this specifically for the horror aspect I would be sorely disappointed and if you’re a fan of horror don’t bother.