I am often reading between 3 and 5 books at the same time, and occasionally there’s a theme that might not be remarkable in one book… but when I see it in three books, I take notice.
It’s a common trope, the haunted house. But not so common when the house becomes its own character…
All read between October 2016 – May 2017
And the Trees Crept In reminded me a lot of House of Leaves, and both books could be on this list. Even more so than House of Leaves, And the Trees Crept In treated the house like a character. It also treated the trees like their own character, so it felt everything around the main character was creeping in on her in some threatening way, and feels very much alive.
The Woman in the Wall is about a young girl who feels invisible and disappears into the walls of her house. She builds intricate tunnels so that she can move about unnoticed, walls off rooms for herself and spirits away food and sewing supplies to make clothing for her family. The whole novel had a sense of magical realism, and it was clear that members of her family had forgotten about her and thought of the house as being alive.
The final book on this list was the one that got me remembering just how many other stories I had read about houses that felt alive. In this case, the house in The House IS alive, brought to life by a misplaced spell, and it has raised a child up to be a boy… and it isn’t very happy when a girl comes along and tries to steal him away.
Have you read a book that fits this theme? Tell me about it in the comments!