Deep Water

Three months ago, thirteen-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy mountain bike at the train station.

While Mason doesn’t know who he is or what he’s capable of, he knows the one thing binding him to this suffocating small town is his younger brother, Henry.

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 14+ | 400 pages

ISBN: 9781760877286
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

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• 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


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German Edition
Ages 14+ | 400 pages

ISBN: 9783737358217
Publisher: Fischer Sauerländer

Sechs beste Freunde: Einer von ihnen fehlt. Alle sind schuldig.

Wie immer kehrt Chloe in den Ferien in die Kleinstadt zurück, in der sie aufgewachsen ist. Und wie immer trifft sie ihre besten Freunde am ersten Abend in der alten Pizzeria. Sie kennen sich seit dem Kindergarten und sind wie eine Familie. Besser als Familie! Doch heute ist alles anders. Denn seit Henry vor drei Monaten in einer Sturmnacht verschwunden ist, sitzen die Übriggebliebenen zum ersten Mal wieder alle zusammen. Und das Misstrauen steigt wie Nebel zwischen ihnen auf.

In jener Nacht sind Dinge geschehen, über die keiner von ihnen sprechen kann. Jeder hat etwas zu verbergen. Alle sind schuldig.

Release date 25 August 2021. Pre-order from: | | | |