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The Drowning House - A Novel

Elizabeth Black

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

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
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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

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ann Marie Lee

Length:

11h 52m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:51


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:40


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:28


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:07


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:20


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:27


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:54


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:15


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:44


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:50


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:33


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:53


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:23


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:49


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:07


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:13


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:39


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:22


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:33


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:03


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:03


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:50


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:28


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:52


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:40


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:18


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:02


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:29


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:14


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:28


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:54


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:37


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:50


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:42


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:45


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:57


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:32


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:29


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:53


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:11


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:19


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:24


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:57


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:05


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:51


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:34


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:34


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:16


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:55


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:53


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:56


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

00:32