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The drowning house : a novel
Elizabeth Black
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* 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% othe 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.
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