Short Story Review: “Other People’s Houses” by Sarena Ulibarri

3 of 5 stars.

Some subtle thrill-seekers knowingly break laws, likely viewing their crimes as victimless even when the victim’s privacy is at stake. This tale delves deeply into that mind set as the narrator explains the obsession and exhilaration at going through other’s property, from purses to homes. However, it also shows the reality when things don’t go as planned.

A door is opened to the narrator when a domestic issue between the couple across the street leads to one throwing the other’s possessions in the yard. A copy of the house key gets tossed with the tchotchkes and found by the serial trespasser who takes the opportunity to explore the owner’s house after he leaves for work.

She’s not caught, but finds more than she can comprehend in a second story room full of occult symbols, marionettes, and a musty black-bound book on a pedestal. She soon plans another excursion across the street to get another look at the book. Her second trip doesn’t go as planned when the owner of the house returns with company and the occult room and its purposes are their destination …

This tale appears in Whispers from the Abyss edited by Kat Rocha, the author of this tale. I received this new anthology directly from 01 Publishing through
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