The Water Keeper by Charles Martin

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Charles Martin has this beautiful writing style that draws the reader in immediately. I enjoyed every word in this book because of his prose.

How I Felt:

Murph, the main character, was heartbreaking and raw with emotion, and yet he finds it in himself to overcome those feelings to help others every time he can. He comes across a multitude of characters on his journey and they are all wonderfully built and add so much to the story.

The plot was very fast-paced and filled with thriller elements that had me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed the redemption journey that Murph goes on during his journey as well. I thought the two were woven together beautifully to make an exciting and lovely story.

The Christian elements in this book fit perfectly without being overbearing for someone that is not religious. I enjoyed the references and discussion and felt they were well-placed in the story.

Overall, this a beautiful, emotional read with an exciting thriller plot. It is filled with elements of love, redemption, forgiveness, and dedication. I loved the story and can’t wait to pick up more of Charles Martin’s books!

Content Warnings:

Child trafficking, suicide, drug use.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The Water Keeper for readers that enjoy rescue mission stories (think James Bond) with beautiful writing and emotional plots.

Bonus: If you live in Florida or enjoy boating, you’ll like this!

Where to Find This Book:

The Water Keeper by Charles Martin is available at these sites. | Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads


A riveting new story of heroism, heartache, and the power of love to heal all wounds.

Murphy Shepherd is a man with many secrets. He lives alone on an island, tending the grounds for a church with no parishioners, and he’s dedicated his life to rescuing those in peril. But as he mourns the loss of his mentor and friend, Murph himself may be more lost than he realizes.

When he pulls a beautiful woman named Summer out of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, Murph’s mission to lay his mentor to rest at the end of the world takes a dangerous turn. Drawn to Summer, and desperate to find her missing daughter, Murph is pulled deeper and deeper into the dark and dangerous world of modern-day slavery.

With help from some unexpected new friends, including a faithful Labrador he plucks from the ocean and an ex-convict named Clay, Murph must race against the clock to locate the girl before he is consumed by the secrets of his past—and the ghosts who tried to bury them.

With Martin’s trademark lyricism and poignant prose, The Water Keeper is at once a tender love story a heartrending search for freedom, and a reminder that the needs of the one outweigh those of the ninety-nine. 

Just the Facts:

The Water Keeper by Charles Martin
Genre: Christian Fiction
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: May 5, 2020


I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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