The Drowning House

The Drowning House

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Returning to the insular Galveston home town of her youth in the wake of a family tragedy, photographer Clare Porterfield is drawn into a century-old mystery involving a woman who drowned during the Hurricane of 1900.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385535861
Branch Call Number: F Bla


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Aug 29, 2018

An overwrought, overwritten novel with literary aspirations that don't compensate for the poor plotting and development of characters other than the self-indulgent heroine. I read it because I'm going to Galveston.

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.

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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