A Novel of Suspense and Obsession…

In their last anguished moments together, Lee Anne, as an act of revenge, gives Val a picture of his brother, Davis, who just several months before has been killed in a bizarre accident.  Lee Anne will tell Val nothing about the photo, but for seventeen years she has sent him fragmented and cryptic messages on unsigned postcards which seem to be the aftershocks of a terrible event.  And for seventeen years Val has dared not reply.  Now, he is on his way back to see her, even as he fears it may cost him everything.

This is a novel about a man and a woman obsessed with each other.  It is about two people on a collision course.


Novel and Screenplay written by C.E. Poverman

Love By Drowning – Praise Quotes


“The volatile bond between two brothers and the mysterious woman who consumes their lives drive Poverman’s superb fifth novel…deftly blending the lyricism of literary fiction…with the spareness of noir, Poverman has fashioned an acutely intelligent psychological thriller that will keep readers as off-balance as his protagonist.”

—Library Journal (starred review)

“I am not lying when I say this book is better than Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Poverman gives us a situation and set of characters as mysterious and intriguing as Flynn does in Gone Girl. He surprises us just as much, and we are as riveted to the author’s slow unraveling of the main players’ psychologies. We keep reading Love by Drowning because ultimately we must know about Davis and Lee Anne. We are as defenseless against their allure as is Val, and we will read on…to make sense of their tangled and dangerous triangle. But a difference between this book and Flynn’s is Poverman invents characters we actually care about.”

—Melanie Bishop, Carmel Magazine

“Magnificent in its conception and precisely detailed in its execution, Love By Drowning, is a disquietingly obsessive psychological mystery…Poverman is a writer of such range and power…that at times the writing carries the force of myth.”

—Michael Collier, Director, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

“C.E. Poverman’s Love By Drowning is a wonderful novel. The first few pages will stun you (go ahead, read them now), and it never lets up.”

—Thomas Cobb, author of Crazy Heart and With Blood in Their Eyes

“Love by Drowning is a noir thriller on its surface, but that reflective boundary of light and shadow offers sudden transparencies, glimpses of a sea bottom far below where the outlines of what has floated down stand revealed in microscopic, heartbreaking clarity.”

—Victoria Nelson, author of The Secret Life of Puppets and Gothicka

“In this powerful, beautifully written, and haunting novel, C.E.Poverman explores the murky and alluring waters where past and present merge, taking down life’s sailors as they fight for air and offering salvation when the storm subsides.”

—Deanne Stillman, author of Twentynine Palms and Desert Reckoning 


Books by C.E. Poverman