There’s Someone Inside Your House

by

Stephanie Perkins

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Haley Whitehall Character Analysis

Haley Whitehall is the first murder victim in the novel. She is the star of Osborne High’s drama department and was supposed to play the lead role in the school’s production of Sweeney Todd, but the school cancels the production in the wake her murder. Haley’s murder generates gossip and public displays of mourning among the students of Osborne High.

Haley Whitehall Quotes in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The There’s Someone Inside Your House quotes below are all either spoken by Haley Whitehall or refer to Haley Whitehall. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 2 Quotes

“This is Osborne, Nebraska.” Her friend Darby sucked up the last drops of his gas station iced coffee. “Population: twenty-six hundred. A boy with pink hair is as scandalous as the death of a beloved student.”

Related Characters: Darby (speaker), Makani Young, Ollie Larsson, Haley Whitehall, Alex
Page Number: 8
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Makani knew better than to believe any of them outright. Rumors, even the true ones, never told a complete story. She avoided most of her classmates for that very reason. Self-preservation.

Page Number: 10
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Meanwhile, Makani pretended to be upset for the same reasons as her classmates. She pretended that the local news van, parked near the flag at half-mast, hadn’t broken her into a sweat. She pretended that she was cold when she put up the hood of her hoodie and angled her face away from the cameras. She pretended to belong.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Haley Whitehall
Page Number: 52
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Haley Whitehall Character Timeline in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The timeline below shows where the character Haley Whitehall appears in There’s Someone Inside Your House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Haley Whitehall returns home to find an egg-shaped egg timer lying on the welcome mat. Nobody’s... (full context)
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Brooke asks Haley if Jonathan, Shayna’s boyfriend, is doing any better today. Jonathan is playing Sweeney opposite Haley,... (full context)
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As Brooke complains about her stage manager duties, Haley eats a sandwich in the kitchen and stares out the window at the cornfields surrounding... (full context)
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Brooke accuses Haley of not listening to her. Haley mumbles an apology and makes an excuse about being... (full context)
Chapter 2
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All that anybody at the high school can talk about the next morning is Haley Whitehall’s gruesome murder and Ollie Larsson’s new pink hair. Makani sits with her friend Darby... (full context)
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Darby brings up Haley. He can hardly believe that she’s dead. Alex, the school’s only goth, assembles her long,... (full context)
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...joke about Ollie’s hair has spread across the school, and everyone’s gossiping about whether he’s Haley’s murderer. The rumors upset Makani, though she knows that they’re only gossip. People are also... (full context)
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...as far as the eye can see. Meanwhile, Alex and Darby continue to gossip about Haley. Alex wonders if Haley’s understudy, Jessica Boyd, might have killed her, though everyone agrees that... (full context)
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...flying through the air. Makani wonders if they’ll cancel the murderous musical in light of Haley’s death. Alex hopes they won’t since she was looking forward to getting covered in fake... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...she can hear what Creston Howard, the handsome Black news anchor, has to say about Haley’s murder. Makani scrolls through her phone, though she’s long since given up hope that her... (full context)
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...be any. The 5:00 news begins, and Creston Howard announces the tragic, brutal murder of Haley Madison Whitehall. The news coverage includes footage of Haley’s shocked, grieving family, and of Haley... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...out the window and waits for Ollie’s car to appear. There’s a makeshift memorial for Haley in the corner of the lot where students have placed old playbills and candles. Makani... (full context)
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After the air settles, Alex gets down to business. She asks Ollie about Haley’s murder, assuming he must know more than the others because his brother is a police... (full context)
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Ollie explains that Haley was found in her bed. There was no trace of the killer besides the slashes—no... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...to cover for a girl who was fired after being caught stealing. Out of nowhere, Haley’s school photo flashes through Makani’s head. Ollie apologizes for having to cut their plans short.... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...the night. Between the approaching playoffs, the pressure of recruiters, dealing with his parents, and Haley’s murder, Matt’s had a hard week. And Principal Stanton and Coach Hooker are on his... (full context)
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...There’s no response. Matt can hear the muted sounds of the crowd gathered outside for Haley’s candlelight vigil. To Matt’s dismay, he realizes he’ll have to walk past them to get... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...students wear school colors to grieve Matt. Now, the body count is up to two: Haley, the drama star; and Matt, the football star. (full context)
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...not be dead. Then Darby speculates about the connection between the murders—is it true that Haley and Matt were secretly dating? This is the latest rumor to develop. It’s especially intriguing,... (full context)
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Makani wonders aloud whether there’s no secret reason why the killer chose Haley and Matt. Maybe they didn’t have any secrets—maybe the killer only chose them because they... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...she wants. Makani gives in to her curiosity and pulls out a gruesome photo of Haley’s dead body. She sees the neck with the dead smiley face carved into it. There’s... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...on the loose. Ollie doesn’t seem to want to understand the gravity of the situation. Haley and Matt were popular, he argues, and he’s the opposite of that. Chris is unamused.... (full context)
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...the murders aren’t solid. Also, Matt and his friends have bullied Ollie for years, and Haley rejected him when he asked her out in the eighth grade. Darby and Alex think... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...is scared. Rodrigo’s murder scares people because he was so average—not popular, like Matt and Haley had been. His murder means anyone could be a victim. Now that Osborne’s body count... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...through the back. Caleb thinks about the mutilations David performed on the other victims: slashing Haley’s throat, scrambling Matt’s brain, cutting off Rodrigo’s ears. He pleads with David to tell him... (full context)