This is the Water by Yannick Murphy is now available in paperback and eBook! Love, as well as lives, are at stake in this fast-paced story of murder, adultery, parenthood, and romance, involving a girls’ swim team, their morally flawed parents, and a killer who swims in their midst. Publishers Weekly calls it “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.”
Yannick Murphy is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Chesterfield Screenwriting Award, and a Pushcart Prize. The Call, a breakout book that won the L.L Winship/Pen New England Award, was an August 2011 Indie Next Pic, and was on the Best of the Year lists for Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Washington Post, and NPR. Murphy continues to impress with This is the Water, “[A] propulsive, psychologically lush, witty, and unpredictable novel. . . . Murphy’s evocation of feverish competition, stressed marriages, and the shocking banality of a serial killer’s inner life coalesce in a novel of acute observation, penetrating imagination, and rare agility that is capped by a resounding denouement.” –Booklist (starred review)
In a quiet New England community members of swim team and their dedicated parents are preparing for a home meet. The most that Annie, a swim-mom of two girls, has to worry about is whether or not she fed her daughters enough carbs the night before; why her husband, Thomas, hasn’t kissed her in ages; and why she can’t get over the loss of her brother who shot himself a few years ago. But Annie’s world is about to change. From the bleachers, looking down at the swimmers, a dark haired man watches a girl. No one notices him. But when a girl on the team is murdered at a nearby highway rest stop, the parents suddenly find themselves adrift.
With a serial killer now too close for comfort, Annie and her fellow swim-parents must make choices about where their loyalties lie. As a series of startling events unfold, Annie discovers what it means to follow your intuition, even if love, as well as lives, could be lost.