Kate Murray-Browne was born and lives in London. She studied English at Cambridge University and worked in publishing for ten years before becoming a freelance editor. She is also a visual artist and has exhibited work in a number of different galleries. House Clearance is her first novel.
Is it the house itself that is making Eleanor sick or is it the disturbed vestigial imprint of those who lived it in before?
Eleanor is a pragmatic working mother of two who sees the sense in buying a rundown Victorian to move her young family into. She also recognizes the wisdom in her husband's suggestion to place a lodger in on the basement level to help cover the costs of upkeep. Richard is more in love with idea of a fixer-upper than Eleanor herself is but sometimes it is easier to just let Richard have his way. He is working part time and so is Eleanor but there isn't much of a balance in the management of domestic duties. The dissatisfaction that Eleanor increasingly feels at first begins to creep up on her in odd insidious ways. There is plenty of room in their new home for all of their things and it is certainly in a desirable location. Odd how they managed to snag such a good deal though.
Throughout the house are little evidences of the former residents. It is frustrating that it only seems to be Eleanor who is bothered by the belongings left behind and the freaky room upstairs with walls covered with pictures of birds and scribble. Unsettling that the lock is on the outside of this room and that there is clear evidence that someone was once trying to claw their way out.