Something Different: This is the Water

This is the WaterThis is the Water by Yannick Murphy

In the New England world of junior competitive swimming, parents spend hours driving their children to training and meets. Annie has two girls on the team, a dead brother and a fading marriage. She does not know a killer is lurking at the facility.

First Impressions: I liked the way the first few chapters are like a game of spin the bottle: you heard a little bit about a few of the swim mums and you had to wait to see whose story you would be following for the rest of the novel. The writing style has divided opinion but I really liked it as it is original.

Highlights: I loved the ending. Not just the final actions in the last few chapters, but the last few paragraphs. I closed the book and thought that it was all just a storm in a teacup (no spoiler here, don’t worry). This calm is a really nice comparison to the first few chapters that I mentioned above. I liked the setting – rural, small town New England, very claustrophobic, everything revolving around the swim team. Do junior swimming worlds like this really exist? Gosh, I don’t know!

If I was an editor: I know this novel would divide people like marmite. Even as an individual reader my feelings kept changing: I went from loving it, to being bored with it, to staying up late trying to finish it, all the time not knowing what to make of it. Is all the detail necessary? Yes, of course. No, not really. I can’t decide! Anyway, the important thing for an editor is that this book will get people talking and wanting to share their opinion.

Overall: Unique. I still don’t know if I liked it or not. I think I did!

This is the Water: 4 stars

 Thank you to Bookbridgr for a copy of the ARC to review.

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3 thoughts on “Something Different: This is the Water

  1. As I started this book I thought it was going to be all style and no substance but it drew me in and had me hooked very quickly. As you say all the details probably weren’t required from an information point of view but for the style of this book, they were perfectly placed. I loved the ending too.

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