Posted by: Karen | August 1, 2014

THIS IS THE WATER by Yannick Murphy

Available now from Harper Audio.9780062356840

From the Publisher:

“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.”

From the review at Beth Fish Reads:

“As much as I loved This Is the Water, it’s hard to imagine the challenge narrator Karen White faced when she sat down to record it (Harper Audio; 10 hr, 22 min). And yet her performance was nearly perfect. She avoided every easy way out — no singsong tempo, no leading the listener, no overly dramatic, no judgment. But still her reading had emotion and tension and personality. White slipped as easily into Yannick Murphy’s prose as swimmers enter a pool. An excellent listening experience.”

My recording experience:

This was one I worried about, honestly, because Murphy employs a unique 2nd person POV which employs the phrase “this is the…” over and over again.  But (and I hope this worked!) I kinda just went with the flow (pun intended) and I think what it does is suck you to a place where you feel what everyone and everything is feeling.  At least I did.  The swimmers, their parents, the killer, the air, the buildings, yes, the water, but especially Annie.  Going through her struggles as a woman and a parent in this uncomfortable and eventually dangerous point in her life was quite the journey.

Listen to a sample here:

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Responses

  1. I’ve heard this book is great! I had no idea you narrated the audio version. How exciting!


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