Deep Water

Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

One missing boy. Six friends reunited. Too many secrets.

On a stormy night
Thirteen-year-old Henry Weaver disappears from The Shallows, leaving behind his muddy mountain bike at the train station.

Before the storm…
Mason Weaver feels trapped. He doesn’t know who he is or what he’s capable of, and the only thing binding him to this suffocating small town is his younger brother, Henry.

Three months after the storm
Chloe Baxter is reunited with the friends she and Henry grew up with. She wants answers. Why would Henry run away without telling her? One of Chloe’s friends knows something, and she’s determined to find out the truth.

As Chloe wades into dangerous waters and Mason’s past emerges, a chilling question ripples to the surface: how far would you go to keep a secret?

YA Mystery Thriller
Ages 13+ | 425 pages

ISBN: 9780645332278 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780645332261 (ebook)

Publisher: Fourteen Press
Distributor (except AU/NZ): Ingram

• Shortlisted in the Davitt Awards for Best Young Adult Crime Novel 2021
• Shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards 2020
• Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards

“Epstein is an expert in the well-paced unravelling of a mystery, and this novel is filled with edge-of-your-seat tension.”


“Clever writing and believable voices. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s insightful and engaging.”


Deep Water is full of dark twists and turns and relatable characters trying to navigate their way to the truth. An intense mystery.”


“Perfectly pitched for older teens, but adults will still find this an excellent read. Fast-paced and cleverly avoiding any overblown angst.”

Herald Sun

“Written for young adults but would be an equally thrilling read for any adult who enjoys a good suspense/thriller story. I enjoyed every moment in this book. It was riveting and I was kept guessing until the very end.”

Glam Adelaide

“Echoes of Melina Marchetta swim through this story of mysterious small-town secrets and the lengths friends will go to keep them. A wonderful follow-up to Small Spaces — Sarah Epstein proves she’s really in the game.”

Ellie Marney, YA Author

“Full of secrets and lies, Deep Water is a truly complex and brilliantly written puzzle that keeps you guessing until the end.”

Fleur Ferris, YA Author

“Cleverly plotted and compelling, with characters so vivid you can almost hear their hearts beating, Deep Water will get under your skin. I loved this book.”

Rebecca James, YA Author

“I loved this in-depth exploration of what deceit, secret and lies can do to a close-knit group of friends in a small Australian town. Highly recommend this one.”

Katya de Becerra, YA Author


Deep Water cover - AU/NZ edition


Australia/New Zealand
Ages 14+ | 400 pages
ISBN: 9781760877286
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Deep Water cover - French edition


Ages 14+ | 448 pages

ISBN: 9791036325342
Publisher: Bayard Editions

Deep Water cover - German edition


Ages 14+ | 400 pages

ISBN: 9783737358217
Publisher: Fischer Sauerländer