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This is Yannick Murphy, sitting at her computer, typing out her novel with an unusual storytelling approach. This is Karen White, sitting in front of a microphone, excellently reciting the books to future listeners...And so goes this book.
"This is" (Murphy's literary technique for bringing the reader into the story as though examining series of individual photographs) will be ringing in your ears by the time you finish listening to this book. It's a rather different way to depict each character's moments as she moves the reader/listener through a story about a small community, more specifically the parents and teens who comprise a local swim team, who have been terrified by a murder that has occurred in their midst.
Most of the time, the use of "this is..." was quite effective, and seemed much like looking at a series of pictures (in fact one character is a photographer). But sometimes the old nursery rhyme, "This is the house that Jack built" kept echoing through my mind in the background in some eerie fashion (perhaps that is the point of all this--that we understand stories through our own memories of momentary observations).
The book was at times very interesting and engaging--characters are vividly depicted through the most mundane observations about them. The story itself is a complex weaving of thoughts, feelings, reactions from--at first--the parents and kids on a swim team, but eventually, even the killer. It felt as though one was inside many of them, understanding the situation from each of their perspectives. Chris, who worries that her husband is having an affair. Annie, absorbed with her brother's suicide, the killer who is obsessed with his next murder, and so on. These mothers are sitting on the sidelines, watching their daughters swim. But someone else is also watching the daughters swim, and soon the plot (and the things that absorb the community) will change dramatically.
In the end, I find it impossible to use words like "I liked" or "didn't like" this book. It is more to the point to say that I found myself very drawn into it, realizing how much we define ourselves by each moment's focus in our lives. This book is actually well worth the read, and I do not think I have done it justice in this brief description of it.
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Would you try another book from Yannick Murphy and/or Karen White?
What was most disappointing about Yannick Murphy’s story?
Sory & narrator (boring)
Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Is the Water?
All of them.
Any additional comments?
Worse book I've listen to for a long long time.
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