Yannick Murphy, author of This is the Water, on tour July/August 2014

Posted By on June 23, 2014

This is the WaterAbout This is the Water

• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (July 29, 2014)

At a swim meet in their quiet New England town, Annie watches as her daughters glide through the water. Her thoughts drift lazily from whether she fed her daughters enough carbs that morning to why her husband doesn’t kiss her anymore, to Paul, a swim-team parent, who’s taken notice of her and seems to embody everything she’s beginning to think her life is missing.

When a girl on the team is murdered at a nearby highway rest stop—the same spot where Paul made a gruesome discovery years ago—Annie and her fellow swim-parents find themselves adrift. With a serial killer too close for comfort, they must make choices about where their loyalties lie. And as a series of shocking events unfolds, Annie must discover what it means to follow her intuition—even if love, as well as lives, could be lost.

Praise for This is the Water

“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.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Murphy seasons the rising tension with humor. . . . A different sort of murder yarn that boasts twists in both the style and the plot.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[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)

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Yannick MurphyAbout Yannick Murphy

Yannick Murphy is the author of The CallSigned, Mata HariHere They Come; and The Sea of Trees, as well as two story collections and several children’s books. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Chesterfield Screenwriting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Laurence L. & Thomas Winship/PEN New England Award. Her work has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She lives in Vermont with her husband and children.

Find out more about Yannick at her website.

Yannick’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, July 29th: The Scarlet Letter

Wednesday, July 30th: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Thursday, July 31st: WildmooBooks

Tuesday, August 5th: Doing Dewey

Wednesday, August 6th: Bookfoolery and Babble

Thursday, August 7th: Time 2 Read

Friday, August 8th: Sweet Southern Home

Monday, August 11th: Vox Libris

Tuesday, August 12th: BoundbyWords

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