"The Flood" is a classic Southern Gothic tale and a great introduction to McDowell's "Blackwater" series.
Set in 1919 Perdido, Alabama, the mysterious Elinor seemingly emerges from floodwaters with no past and no proof other than her word of who she is or where she has come from. She establishes herself in the hearts of the Perdido citizenry and becomes an integral part of the Caskey family. All the while, something mysterious and possibly dark is going on in the background.
Odd characters, a dark mystery and Southern charms.