In this stunning, compulsively readable psychological drama, a killer swims in a public pool unnoticed by his future victims. A woman learns a terrible secret too dangerous to keep. And a mother prepares to do anything to keep her children safe.
'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.
A gifted storyteller with an unusual, hypnotic voice... The nuances of small-town life are superbly captured in prose reminiscent of Philip Roth, but it is menace that drives the story forward. Truly original, it casts a spell that lingers in your mind - Daily Mail
An inventive thriller... Murphy proves skillful at generating a proper climate of dread, forcing us to focus our fears on the killer's next victim - New York Times Book Review
A pulse-racing thriller - Wall Street Journal
THIS IS THE WATER is this year's GONE GIRL: unexpected, immersing, challenging and up-to-the-minute relevant. A must read - Manda Scott
An electric prose poem that constantly stuns, wows and amazes. The best (and most unusual) literary novel I've read this year - Stav Sherez
A dark, menacing book... a literary thriller of the highest order - Julia Crouch
Yannick Murphy, while being one of our most daring and original writers, is first and foremost an exquisitely attuned observer of human behaviour - Dave Eggers