Seven Empty Houses by Samanta Schweblin

Seven Empty Houses

Samanta Schweblin with Megan McDowell (Translator)

fiction horror short stories challenging funny reflective slow-paced

208 pages | first published 2015

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The seven houses in these seven stories are empty. Some are devoid of love or life or furniture, of people or the truth or of memories. But in Samanta Schweblin’s tense, visionary tales, something always creeps back in: a ghost, a fight, trespasse...
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Summary of 72 reviews


dark 84%
mysterious 61%
reflective 46%
tense 38%
emotional 15%
sad 15%
challenging 7%
relaxing 7%


medium 69%
fast 23%
slow 7%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 71% | Character: 28%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 57% | N/A: 14% | No: 14% | Yes: 14%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 42% | No: 42% | Yes: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 80% | N/A: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 16%

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