The Levee

The Levee

Elinor Dammert abandoned her first-born child in a bargain with Mary-Love Caskey of Perdido, Alabama, and set in motion a series of strange familial entanglements. Her goals: power, money, her way. In her way, she would begin to suck power from the weaknesses of the family she had entered through marriage. Her power would be felt again and again even if it meant murder - or Elinor Dammert abandoned her first-born child in a bargain with Mary-Love Caskey of Perdido, Alabama, and set in moti...

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Title:The Levee
Author:Michael McDowell
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:Michael McDowell's Blackwater II: The Levee (His Blackwater)
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Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:191 pages pages

The Levee Reviews

  • William
    Nov 19, 2008
    Ok this is book number 2 and still no horror. One little boy getting killed and a little girl thinking there is something wrong with her house does not a horror tale make! It is a good read though and I am enjoying the series. ...
  • Andrew
    Aug 11, 2013
    I find each time I read this book I read it faster and faster (hooray for the summer months where reading in the sun is still possible) This book builds on the cast list first presented with the roster growing by the page. You are never quite sure where allegiances lay or who or what...
  • Mel
    Jun 23, 2015
    This was not as good as the first one but still fun. I will read the next one because well?..I still don't know exactly what is up with Elinor Caskey. This one did drop a big hint. (view spoiler)[ "It wasn't Miss Elinor's face that returned his gaze (hide spoiler)] and also(view spo...
  • Ken
    Sep 08, 2014
    The saga of the Caskey family of Perdido, Alabama continues with some foreshadowing of darker, more frightening things to come. 5 STARS ...
  • joey
    Jul 13, 2019
    3.75 stars. An enjoyable second installment of my new favorite Southern Gothic soap opera! This book continues to build on what was established in The Flood and adds a few new fun characters to the mix. McDowell somehow manages to pull off keeping Elinor at a distance while still keepi...
  • Lou
    Nov 01, 2010
    The saga continues, McDowell is a really good storyteller. The flood has gone so this is not as dramatic as the first book but still a goodread there is talk of a Levee to be built and one mysterious lady is not happy. There is new arrivals to the town and that means new rivalry is cre...
  • Craig Wallwork
    Oct 31, 2018
    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...
  • Peter
    Aug 20, 2015
    This is the second book in The Blackwater Series. The town people are debating whether they should build a levee to protect the town of Perdido from being flooded again. Everyone is for the levee except Elinor. She says that the river will never rise like that again. Elinor was out vot...
  • Derrick
    May 21, 2019
    Loved this continuation of the Caskey family. ...
  • Debra
    Mar 03, 2011
    Stephen King recommended author. He says: ?McDowell must now be regarded as the finest writer of paperback originals in America.? ...
  • Scott Rhee
    Apr 22, 2019
    In ?The Levee?, the second book in Michael McDowell?s chilling Southern Gothic horror series Blackwater, the town of Perdido, Alabama has hired on an engineer to build a levee that would hopefully mitigate or prevent the devastating effects of flood similar to the one several yea...
  • Morgannah
    Aug 14, 2019
    This second installment in the Blackwater Saga was not as riveting as The Flood. There were many additions to the cast of characters and the family drama continues but it was short on spooky and creepy. I will need the next installment, The House, to ramp up the horror or I might not c...
  • Char
    Apr 28, 2014
    This Southern Gothic soap opera of a series continues to be a blast! A levee is built. A distant family member arrives much to the consternation of everyone in the family. That was not the only addition to the Caskey family either. The central mystery continues on in this entry...
  • Jon Recluse
    Jun 20, 2014
    The chronicle of the Caskeys continues, as new players arrive on stage from unexpected directions, the levee comes into being, a grim prediction for the future of the town is made, and the supernatural entity that has made Perdido it's home continues to defy classification, as elusive ...
  • Latasha
    Aug 06, 2016
    great characters, superb storytelling. just read this series! ...
  • Christopher
    Sep 19, 2018
    A book of increasing cruelties. The second of McDowell's Blackwater series is more Southern soap opera than horror. But that's ok. The end of The Flood found mysterious Elinor Caskey giving birth to her child Melanie and using it as a way to escape her domineering mother-in-law's ho...
  • Fishface
    Jan 20, 2016
    In which the town of Perdido hires someone to build a levee to protect them from any further disastrous flooding. Eleanor Caskey is not at all happy with the idea, but learns to live with it. ...
  • Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
    Apr 21, 2018
    The Southern family drama and slight bits of crazy river monster horror is so delicious. These books are short novellas within the larger Blackwater series, and so far they're great for binge-reading & lounging in the sunshine with some tea. I need to make a video about Michael McD...
  • Kimberly
    Aug 27, 2015
    THE LEVEE is the second book in Michael McDowell's Blackwater series. I found this section to focus primarily on the dynamics between the people of the town, and in particular, the relations in the Caskey family. Elinor has really begun to assert herself behind the scenes as Oscar's dr...
  • Eggp
    Jun 06, 2018
    For the greater good sacrifices must be made family comes first. ...
  • Justin Tate
    Mar 22, 2019
    Low on drama yet high on impending doom, Book #2 of the Blackwater saga continues to have me captivated and obsessed. This family is such a trip, and mixing in the mysterious river woman is the perfect catalyst to epic disaster. Not ready to give it 5 stars, because McDowell's really g...
  • Wing Kee
    Aug 01, 2019
    Unsettled in the end. World: The world building is strong. It lulls readers in a false of calm and then the unsettling things come into play. The tone of the world is slow and quiet and something is not quite right. Story: A solid continuation of the last book with the building...
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    Aug 14, 2016
    The Levee - Blackwater II... The Levee is the second book in the Blackwater Saga and while I enjoyed it, I liked the first book more. Of course, in the first book everything is new which it makes it more exciting but The Levee also didn't really have as much of the creepiness that ...
  • Anthony Vacca
    Oct 03, 2017
    The building of a levee to prevent further town-swallowing floods serves as a backdrop for the second installment of Blackwater, but the real action takes place on the front porches and at the dinner tables of the Caskey clan: a baby is traded for autonomy, a gaudy in-law comes looking...
  • John Anthony Smith
    Aug 15, 2019
    Nice title, The Levee, I wondered about the title until the end. It was definitely an appropriate title. Arms and legs tossed in a witches brew makes for a great wall of Perdido. The oddity appeared again. Its random and scattered but creates a feeling of deception that is not always p...
  • Anniken Haga
    Sep 10, 2018
    I continue being strangely fascinated with this series. I often end up listening to well over an hour a day, just relaxing and listening. I find this fascinating as it is as slow as it is, I would have DNFed it if I tried to actually read it, but the audiobook is rather well done a...
  • The Behrg
    Feb 05, 2019
    Part 2 in the Blackwater Saga continues the inter-family disputes of those living in Perdido while focusing on the construction of the levee in town. As a complete story with its own arc, part 2 didn't live up to the intro of The Flood, however this felt like an important bridge betwee...
  • Greg Kerestan
    Nov 09, 2017
    Although perhaps less lurid and macabre than the first book in the series, "The Levee" continues to deepen the grotesque Southern Gothic quality, bringing in characters like Queenie Strickland, seemingly high-camp caricatures, then humanizing them. The cast is growing bigger, then smal...
  • Christina Scholz
    Mar 26, 2019
    Yay, more of the supernatural plot that provides a sort of undercurrent to the family saga! I really enjoyed the ritual with the chicken heart, and sort of enjoyed (because how could you) the chapter about the "cornerstone". I have a suspicion about why Queenie woke up that night, and ...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    Sep 14, 2018
    I didn?t think this could top The Flood, but top it it did! The second volume in Michael McDowell?s legendary Blackwater saga is a feat, a marvel of tightened storytelling and compelling drama. I think what McDowell does best here ? oh, he does so many things perfectly in thes...