The Drowning House

The Drowning House

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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A gripping suspense story about a woman who returns to Galveston, Texas after a personal tragedy and is irresistibly drawn into the insular world she's struggled to leave.

Photographer Clare Porterfield's once-happy marriage is coming apart, unraveling under the strain of a family tragedy. When she receives an invitation to direct an exhibition in her hometown of Galveston, Texas, she jumps at the chance to escape her grief and reconnect with the island she hasn't seen for ten years. There Clare will have the time and space to search for answers about her troubled past and her family's complicated relationship with the wealthy and influential Carraday family.

Soon she finds herself drawn into a century-old mystery involving Stella Carraday. Local legend has it that Stella drowned in her family's house during the Great Hurricane of 1900, hanged by her long hair from the drawing room chandelier. Could Stella have been saved? What is the true nature of Clare's family's involvement? The questions grow like the wildflower vines that climb up the walls and fences of the island. And the closer Clare gets to the answers, the darker and more disturbing the truth becomes.

Steeped in the rich local history of Galveston, The Drowning House portrays two families, inextricably linked by tragedy and time.

" The Drowning House marks the emergence of an impressive new literary voice. Elizabeth Black's suspenseful inquiry into dark family secrets is enriched by a remarkable succession of images, often minutely observed, that bring characters, setting, and story sharply into focus." --John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385535878
0385535872
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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JCLHunterSt Jun 21, 2013

I’m not sure how to comment on this book. I really liked parts of it, but didn’t love the book as a whole and would give it 3.5 stars, a bit above average. My heart went out to Claire, the main character, and all the heart break she has suffered over the years. But Claire’s character remained ... Read More »


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CarolineW_1
Aug 03, 2015

Boring, boring, boring. Definately don't waste time on this one. It takes way too long to develop any kind of plot and all of Clare's issues just get to irritating to keep reading about. I quit reading after the first 150 pages or so.

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maipenrai
Aug 10, 2013

* 1/2 stars. Photographer Clare Porterfield's once-happy marriage is coming apart, unraveling under the strain of a family tragedy. When she receives an invitation to direct an exhibition in her hometown of Galveston, Texas, she jumps at the chance to escape her grief and reconnect with the island she hasn't seen for ten years. There Clare will have the time and space to search for answers about her troubled past and her family's complicated relationship with the wealthy and influential Carraday family. Soon she finds herself drawn into a century-old mystery involving Stella Carraday. Local legend has it that Stella drowned in her family's house during the Great Hurricane of 1900, but did she? I recently visited Galveston for the first time and fell in love with the city and its history. I thought this book sounded intriguing. This is the author's first book and you can tell. She tries to do too much and throws too many secrets and story lines into the melee. We have Clare's loss and unresolved marriage. We have a past relationship with a boy and a secret tragedy they caused. Add in the 1900 story line, incest, financial crimes, a dying island resident, an off-islander who wants a relationship with Clare, undiscovered love affairs..... and much more. Clare is at the same time astute enough to discover secrets via old photos and too stupid to look in her family's garage apartment for the old flame she searches for in vain for 90% of the book. Sorry, cannot recommend. If you find the Galveston hurricane history intriguing, read: "Isaac's Storm - A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History" by Erik Larson!!!!!! Non-fiction, published in 1999.

JCLHunterSt Jun 21, 2013

I’m not sure how to comment on this book. I really liked parts of it, but didn’t love the book as a whole and would give it 3.5 stars, a bit above average. My heart went out to Claire, the main character, and all the heart break she has suffered over the years. But Claire’s character remained nebulous for me. In fact, I felt the author left too many questions unanswered about many characters and situations. While I enjoyed reading the book, I wanted to like it more than I did.

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