I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

In My Heart is a Chainsaw, a slasher-movie obsessed teenage girl becomes convinced that a real-life slasher is set for a massacre in her Idaho hometown. The question becomes whether the girl’s instincts are real or if they’re a manifestation of her mental state.

The main character in this book exhibits what I’ll call ‘Ready Player One Syndrome’ – she possesses encyclopedic knowledge not only of all slasher films, but also of 70s and 80s classic rock and pop culture in general. This seems to be becoming a more and more common characterization technique authors are using. It’s no longer unique, and tends to make the characters who have it very annoying.

I gave My Heart is a Chainsaw four stars on Goodreads. I liked the story, but not the main character.