Teaser Tuesday: The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black

Posted on 01/22/2013 in Book Review / 2 Comments


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser

"the drowning house by elizabeth black"

At Christmas, when my parents hosted their annual gathering for my father’s students, someone invariably penciled in Lavinia’s eyes, giving her a startled look, as though she had suddenly come to life and was dismayed to find things changed.

There was also the chamber pot decorated with cabbage roses that occupied a stand in our bedroom, never, we were warned, to be used.

Kindle Location 213, The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black

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 Houseportrays two families, inextricably linked by tragedy and time.


Nice Texas thriller/mystery to settle in with while it’s chilly outside!

What’s teasing YOU this week?


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2 responses to “Teaser Tuesday: The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black

  1. Steph, The Readingista

    I love this teaser.  I have not yet seen a lot on The Drowning House, but it caught my eye when I was writing my new release post.  I am looking forward to reading your thoughts.

    • Steph, The Readingista it’s a very interesting and …..I guess the word I’m looking for is deep.  But that doesn’t describe it.  Reading it feels like immersing myself in something suctiony, because it doesn’t like to let you go when you stop.  It’s very melancholy, too, but in a good way, I think.

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