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This Is The Water

  • Author
    • Yannick Murphy
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'Addictive... A delicious mix of sexual reawakening and moral entanglement' Telegraph

'A gifted storyteller with an unusual, hypnotic voice... truly original, it casts a spell that lingers in your mind' Daily Mail

This is a novel about a woman. About a mother. About a marriage.

About a murder.

In the brightly lit public pool the killer swims and watches. Amongst the mothers cheering on their swim team daughters is Annie. Watching her two girls race, she's thinking of other things. Her husband's emotional distance. Her lost brother. The man she's drawn to.

Then she learns a terrible secret. Now her everyday cares and concerns seem meaningless. Annie knows she has to act. Above all, she must protect her children.

Compulsively readable, it takes readers on a journey where none could guess the final outcome.
  • Published: Jul 31 2014
  • Pages: 352
  • 197 x 130mm
  • ISBN: 9781472210906
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Press Reviews

  • Dave Eggers
    Yannick Murphy, while being one of our most daring and original writers, is first and foremost an exquisitely attuned observer of human behaviour
  • Publishers Weekly (on HERE THEY COME)
    Magical and harrowing
  • Geraldine Brooks (on THE CALL)
    A wonderful novel. Original, suspenseful, funny and profoundly moving.... I plan to recommend it to everyone I know
  • Frank McCourt
    A hell of a book... It will haunt you
  • Julia Crouch

    A dark, menacing book... a literary thriller of the highest order
  • Manda Scott

    THIS IS THE WATER is this year's GONE GIRL: unexpected, immersing, challenging and up-to-the-minute relevant. A must read
  • Daily Mail
    'A gifted storyteller with an unusual, hypnotic voice... truly original, it casts a spell that lingers in your mind'
  • Saturday Telegraph
    'An upmarket thriller... Murphy is less interested in deviant psychology than in portraying everyday lives of quiet desperation, and in this she succeeds triumphantly'
  • New York Times Book Review
    'An inventive thriller... Murphy proves skilful at generating a proper climate of dread, forcing us to focus our fears on the killer's next victim'
  • Wall Street Journal
    'A pulse-racing thriller'
    'The resulting intimacy you develop with each character takes this book beyond compelling into seriously addictive: you feel as they feel, be it fear, loss, longing or that most gripping of all feelings, love. Do not miss it'
  • Publishers Weekly
    'Obscenely suspenseful. . . . In Murphy's hands, the structure becomes almost hypnotic - and when the story hits full speed in the final quarter, the suspense becomes almost excruciating'