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Monday, January 14, 2013

The Drowning House: A Novel

A good suspense is so good for your heart. Gives it a solid workout. Let's get to Elizabeth Black's The Drowning House, shall we?

Clare Porterfield's life is falling apart. Her marriage is at an impasse, her family is estranged, and her daughter died one year ago. When Clare is called home to Galveston to put together a gallery exhibit, she realizes that things are not what they seem--and they may never have been. Secrets abound in both the present and the past for everyone.

Heads up: this book is about to get a rave.

I was smitten from the first chapter. This book was incredibly intriguing, filled with strange characters and a murky story--it was downright riveting. If I could paint this book a color, it would be a hazy, dark, midnight purple, almost Gothic. I digress; back to the incredibleness that poured from this book.

Clare is a phenomenal character--truthful with a clear character arc, yet so humanly fragile and flawed. The story is told in first person and I felt that Black just folded me into this character. I knew her, inside and out. While I was horribly intrigued by the secrets and deceptions withheld from me, the reader, I was calm throughout the book, knowing that they would all unfold slowly like a blanket hiding a trinket to be savored.

Black has created a world of fascination that anyone from a small town can understand. She paints the town of Galveston in a full, colorful picture and she creates characters that won't let you down. Each holds a piece to the puzzle. Dive in and let the waves wash over you. You won't be disappointed by spending time in this world.

You should click below and buy the book. Really. Kindle on left, hard copy on right. 

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