Yannick Murphy is the award winning author of The Call and her next novel, This Is the Water, will be coming to shelves near you in July. Get a behind the scenes look at Yannick's thoughts about her new novel and some of her summer reading recommendations.
Q: In a recent summer books preview, the Los Angeles Times categorized THIS IS THE WATER as a “mystery/thriller”? Does that placement surprise you? How would you classify your novel?
All fiction should have an element of mystery. It’s the mystery of not knowing where the writer is going to take the reader next that keeps the reader engaged. And it’s the writer not knowing how they’re going to solve their character’s dilemma that energizes the writing, because the reader can then feel the struggle taking place. Maybe that’s why This Is the Water has been categorized as a mystery. If the writer manipulates the reader too much, and takes them on an obvious journey, then there’s no real newness, no real mystery. If readers find the novel mysterious and suspenseful, I’m pleased—I take it to mean I’ve done my job.
Q: As with your earlier work, like THE CALL where the story is told through a veterinarian’s journal entries, THIS IS THE WATER also tells a tale through a unique structure—in this case the point of view. At times, the reader sees things through the second-person perspective of Annie, a New England swim mother. At other times, the narration is omniscient, giving the reader the full view of all the characters and players involved, including a serial killer. How would you describe the point of view of THIS IS THE WATER? And, how did you decide on this sort of style and structure?