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La Maison

(Blackwater #3)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,906 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 5th 2022 by Monsieur Toussaint Louverture (first published March 1983)
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Justin Tate
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part 3 of the Blackwater saga is intense. Previous plot threads are aligning, tensions have never been more high and there's creepiness throughout. The intriguing build-up of the previous two books are proving worthwhile now that McDowell is taking full advantage of the festering family drama and eerie setting. I still can't decide if this epic is the greatest thing ever or an unreasonably long (but good) tale. So far leaning toward the greatest thing ever, but we'll have to see what the remaini ...more
5.0 Stars — Michael McDowell’s ‘magnum-opus’ continues with this third instalment of his epic, gargantuan, breathtaking masterpiece Blackwater.

This portrayal of fictional Alabama powerbroker family and their infestation from River-monster-turned-housewife is about as good as Eery Horror ever could get. It’s the perfect Literature-Horror coagulation, with McDowell’s wonderful sweeping prose, combined with extremely rich fulfilling characters and just a hint of horrifying gore thrown in once every
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Southern Gothic soap opera continues to deliver!

The Perdido river runs through town and who knows what it brings with it? It seems in some cases to heal and in others to kill and building a levee didn't do a damn thing to contain all that. The river remains within its boundaries but its not happy about it.

I just can't get over how much fun I'm having with this series. It's a total blast and I would recommend it to anyone at this point-fans of soap operas, ghost stories,southern horror, s
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
THE HOUSE is the 3rd book of Michael McDowell's BLACKWATER series. At this point, I can't really write a full review without giving away information from previous books. However, the atmosphere of this one intensifies dramatically, and events begin to happen that drastically alter what we've come to know of Perdido. There were scenes in this volume that will stand out for some time to come, and many new revelations.

I'll be diving into Book 4: THE WAR, immediately.

Highest recommendation for this
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Elinor's House...

Ooh that was good! Lots of stuff happening with the Caskey clan! Carl-Queenie's husband, Francis - Elinor & Oscar's daughter & Marylove- the Caskey matriarch all had significant roles in this third book of the Blackwater Saga and Elinor's house was the central locale for all of the action & drama. I can't say too much about the plot without spoiling the story but if you like Southern Gothic horror, you should give this old 80's serial a try, the characters alone make it worth t
this series is just wonderful.
Cody | CodysBookshelf
It’s been only a year and a half since I read and reviewed the previous volume in the Blackwater saga, The Levee. I enjoyed the hell out of that book, as I did this one, so why the long wait? Well, the original plan was reading these little novels a month at a time, as they were published ... and life got busy ... and I read other things. Excuses, excuses.

But I’m back! And boy, The House is a treat.

This series is only getting better with each book, and in this one previous plot-lines come to a
Jon Recluse
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Reviewing a serial novel is like reviewing the chapters of any other book, so I'll just cut to the chase and say that this slice of life, supernatural Southern Gothic is a must read!
It is everything that horror fans got into reading for, and so much more.
Maxine Marsh
Just gets better and better!
Anthony Vacca
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The war for the Caskey throne comes leisurely to a head as a new generation of these Alabama elites steps onto the stage of this sprawling gothic soap opera. Though the Great Depression serves as a mile marker for this entry, the Caskeys are less concerned with financial ruin than with some more child swapping, a malevolent haunting and a maniac with a stockpile of rifles. The writing is as sinuous as ever, and McDowell's sensitivity to character and to the affects time has on us all are laudato ...more
The momentum of creep factor is steadily gaining pace…
Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
I am absolutely utterly in love with this series. I'm the kind of person who, even with novellas, usually likes to break after a book or two to read something else. But I'm currently reading the 4th book and am not thinking of breaking away from this story anytime soon.

Read this if you like any of either: Southern gothic, epic family dramas, and horror. Also, even if you don't like any of those things, you can still read it! This stuff is addictive.
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its never easy trying to put down comments about a book in the middle (ok close to the middle there are 6 in total) of the series without giving anything away and not sounding bland and pointless. Therefore what can I say? The families main characters start to straighten their positions and now the supernatural elements start to become more and more tangible - well in their evidence at least- the proof of their doing or malevolent intention are still obscure and difficult to blame on anyone pers ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The House is the third book in The Blackwater Series. The Depression hits most of the people of Perdido very hard. The Caskey family with their established fortune, manage to keep their heads above water. Elinor surrenders her first child Miriam, to her mother in law. Elinor gives birth to another daughter names Frances. Frances will be the daughter that Miriam could never be. Frances will share some of her mother's creepy mysterious genes. James Caskey is paid a visit by his penniless sister la ...more
"Bless your heart" is the most terrifying thing to hear.

The Caskey clan is a little bit older and now entering the Great Depression. The levee has been built and the Perdido river still hasn't flooded. The passive aggressive war between Mary-Love Caskey and daughter-in-law Elinor for dominance over the family continues.

The series really is a family drama with some horror elements tossed in and while I generally dislike both genres, McDowell writes with an assured confidence and brisk pacing th
Josh Krysak
Jun 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And, the third installment of the Blackwater saga is the best so far. McDowell never disappoints. I know all these characters as I know my own family. This is a southern gothic masterpiece.
The Behrg
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part 3 in the BlackWater Chronicles really delivered the goods that were promised with The Levee. In a short amount of time, these characters have become family to this reader, and it's impossible to not feel like you're a part of this town and the drama that ensues. The Southern flavor is once again sprinkled in to the mix with an insane amount of talent, and the developments at the end of The House change the direction in which the series will continue in a dramatic and exciting way.

Where McD
Elizabeth Sund
Nov 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Elementals is still my favorite book by McDowell, but the Blackwater series really gets cooking in book #3. I had a few of those moments where you have to close the book after reading a surprisingly terrifying sentence that comes out of nowhere, which is what McDowell does best. ...more
Oct 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mine, 2022
elenor : girlboss, gaslight and gatekeep
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story becomes more darker in this episode, more people die and other visitors show themselves. He writes so well the words flow and make it a joy to read. The author wrote this about story so far from 1 and 2 of the saga..

" Our story 'til now... Following her mysterious appearance during the flood of 1919 in Perdido, Alabama, Elinor Dammert marries into the town's leading family, the Caskeys. After surrendering her first child, Miriam, to her possessive mother-in-law, Mary-Love, Elinor settl
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yikes! I'm both afraid to read on, but yet, want to dive headlong into part IV! All I can say is ===:-O ...more
Red shows her mettle
she does what needs to be done
stay off her shit list.
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I entered this book with the hope that this will be a southern gothic haunted house book. While it was effective, it did not quite scratch that itch, so I will need to read The Elementals.

Sister bugged out off-screen between books two and three, and I’m glad she came back, because they spent an awful amount of time on her and Early in the last book, and I’d have been annoyed if that had been a lot of investment for nothing.

The closet in the front room of the Caskie house is messing me up, partia
Hayden Gilbert
Jun 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh HELL YEAH my boy JR is BACK, baby!!

Everyone who have read these things (all 12 of you) are absolutely right. This is some insanely engaging soap opera drama. And I can tell I’m getting softer as I’m spending so much of my reading hoping this shitty family can just TALK TO EACH OTHER and try and be happy. Lol yeah right FAT CHANCE. It says a lot that so few of the characters have any noticeable redeeming qualities, and yet I still care for them quite a lot. Maybe I’m just a mama’s boy.

Oct 26, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for this one - can't quite bring myself to rate this a four stars but the reading pleasure definitely stepped up.

It's clearly becoming a better read for me. I'm still unable to say whether McDowell's style is growing on me or if the story is finally going somewhere but this book was an easier read and I feel as if more things happened.
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Craig Wallwork
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a copy of my full review of ALL six books:

I have lived with the Caskey family now for so long I feel part of it, like a long distance cousin, or nephew by marriage. I know every lane, and sawmill in the tiny Alabama town of Perdido, every water oak and grain of sand on the Casky land. The feminine brogue of James, the shrill of Queenie, and the long drawl of Bray are as common to me as any birdsong or howl of wind. This is not the consequence of having spent so long in its six volumes,
Morgan Davis
Nov 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the third book of the Blackwater saga, plot points of the past begin to come together, tensions rise, and supernatural occurrences plague the Caskey family. Elinor and Mary Love’s animosity towards one another comes to a head when Mary Love does not do right by her son financially, resulting in dire consequences. Miriam is coming into her own and is very evidently following in the footsteps of her “mother” Mary Love. This book contained pivotal information to the saga and I love that it conta ...more
Sep 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For all that Elinor is the Monster, husband-dude was the one I wanted dead and Mary-love the one causing me the most grief. It's a very Umbridge syndrome, I realize, because I happen to know some old people with like dispositions, and one old woman specially that she reminds me off so damn hard.

I hope this insistence on closing with the closet pays off when the whole is done, because OMG, the circle of war between mothers and daughters (in laws) was perfectly closed and renued the chapter before
Good solid 3rd book in the Blackwater series. Things are definitely creepy but the historical fiction family saga keeps me wanting to know more. I'm surprised at how good this series is. ...more
Alex Jones
With Elinor having finally Lady Macbethed/Walter Whited/Cersei’d her way to matriarch of the Caskey family, and with half the saga still to go, I can’t wait to read what happens next.

But I’m going to take a short break first to read something else.
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Michael McDowell is a prolific horror writer who has distinguished himself with a varied body of work within the genre. He was born in Enterprise, Alabama, in 1950 and died of AIDS-related illness in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1999.

His first horror novel, The Amulet, relates the tragedies that befall various individuals who come in possession of a supernatural pendant in a small town.

In McDowell's

Other books in the series

Blackwater (6 books)
  • The Flood (Blackwater, #1)
  • The Levee (Blackwater, #2)
  • The War (Blackwater, #4)
  • The Fortune (Blackwater, #5)
  • Rain (Blackwater, #6)

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