Title: “Notes from the House Spirits”
Author: Lucy Wood
Source: Diving Belles by Lucy Wood
One Word Review: Perceptive
One Line Review: Lucy Wood asks what if you could hear about a house’s life via its occupants and answers that with snatches and impressions.
One Paragraph Review: It’s voyeuristic this one but at the same time invokes feelings of sympathy for an inanimate object. And to install such feelings is a skill. I ended up feeling sorry for the house as a series of occupants came and went. Wood injects enough of their lives to leave you curious though not enough that you want to know more about them. You still want to go back to the house and its feelings. It’s not a haunted house story but it is a haunting one.