Tuesday 29 July 2014

Review: This Is The Water by Yannick Murphy

This Is The Water by Yannick Murphy
Publisher: Headline
Release date: 31 July 2014
Rating:*** and a half
Back cover blurb: 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.

This is the water, a novel about a swimming pool, a swim team, a mother and a murderer. It's a strange combination and even though I've finished the novel, and enjoyed it, I have to say I'm still not sure about the writing style.

It reminded me a little of a book that you might read when you're a kid. This is the water. This is the swim team. This is Annie...

Well, This is my review (sorry I couldn't resist)

Annie is the mother of two young daughters, both of them compete in the local swim team, and Annie spends most of her time either at the local swimming pool watching them train, or at swim meets, timing or cheering them on.

Chris one of the other swim team parents is convinced that her husband Paul is having an affair. Annie doesn't believe that such a thing could occur. Chris is beautiful and has all the swim team Dad's after her. Annie is happily married to her husband, although he barely makes a move to such her she can't comprehend anyone having an affair.

Annie and Paul find themselves alone one night after a long distance swim meet. Paul confesses to Annie something that happened years before, and Annie finds herself drawn to his honesty (and good looks).

Somewhere out there, a killer is on the loose. Paul may be able to help the policy and Annie urges him to do so.

As the story unfolds, relationships are broken, tested and psychopaths unearthed.

This is the water is unlike anything I have read this year, and if you can get past the narrative, then it's a book you must read.

This is the water is available to pre-order now from Amazon online.

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Thank you to bookbridgr who sent me a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.


  1. What a great review. I soon got into the narrative and found this a compelling, if as you say, unusual read.