House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (2000)
You may not have heard of Danielewski’s debut novel, but it’s considered something of a cult classic these days.
Presented as a story within a story, we learn about the Navidson family who discover their newly bought house hides a larger-on-the-inside labyrinth, ever expanding and shifting shape – and that people can disappear forever inside its walls.
At once claustrophobic and agoraphobic, Danielewski’s novel is presented as an unreliable record, with missing pages, unverified footnotes and built in contradictions between the differing narrators.
Uncomfortable and deeply unsettling, we’re left questioning what exactly unseen force is prowling the expanding maze – and which of the unreliable narrators can be trusted.