Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Tuesday Titles 076..

This Is The Water - Yannick Murphy

This is a book about a swim team. And a murder. But mostly, the main character (Annie, referred to throughout as "you") and her relationship with her husband.

The entire book is written in the second person narrative, with sentences most often beginning "This is...". I found this annoying by the second page, but ploughed on to the end, in case things picked up.

We meet the murderer. ("This is the murderer.") And understand a little more about things which have happened in the past, particularly as Annie's relationship with one of the other swim team mother's husbands grows.

The majority of the story focuses on the swim team; training, swimsuits, timing and technique. There is great detail given to the water and how it feels. Even once one of the swimmers is murdered, it's almost as if the whole investigation is an afterthought. I guess I struggled not only with the sentence structure and writing style throughout, but with the way in which the writer was so hell-bent on turning the reader's expectations on it's head.

I also found it a little difficult to believe that nobody in an expensive and fairly exclusive swimming pool complex would fail to notice someone (the killer) creeping about, regularly watching the swimmers and using the pool. Particularly considering the lengths to which parents like Dinah go to in order to know all of the gossip.

I think this is one of those books which is a little like Marmite. I'm afraid to say, it wasn't for me.


  1. Oh not it's such a shame when you read a book that isn't quite right for you!
    A Story of a Girl

    1. Hoping that the next books I read will be easier to get into.

  2. I generally hate books with tricksy 'clever' narrative styles so this sounds like my worst nightmare.

    1. I kept thinking it would get better but it really didn't.

  3. What a shame. I've never read a book written in the 2nd person-how unusual! Mostly instructions!x