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Philippa East
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Hi Bella,

What a fascinating question!

Such a great thing to ask yourself: who is telling the story? Having the house narrate would certainly be very unique and original.

You would sort of have an omniscient narrator-type voice (presumably the house would have a pretty good ‘bird’s eye view’ of things?) but how fascinating too to think of the house as a (antagonistic) character in the novel.

I’d suggest being pretty subtle about the notion that the house is narrating, as otherwise it could feel a bit gimmicky or surreal. You could look at the book “Fell” by Jenn Ashworth. This book is narrated by two “house spirits”.

In terms of your narrator being a “baddie”, this could certainly create plenty of tension and drama. Just remember, that baddies don’t think they’re the baddies. They think they’re right (so you might need to think about WHY this house wants to keep Molly trapped).

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