The Water Keeper

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



The Water Keeper


Charles Martin


Thomas Nelson






339 pages


A reader has said that things are never quite as they seem in a Charles Martin book and The Water Keeper proves that to be true. Take our main character Murph. Where does he get all that money? And why is his boat named Gone Fiction? He has such a calling to rescue girls lost to sex trafficking, leaving the 99 to search for the one. But why are their names tattooed on his back? Is Fingers real…or not? Is he a priest or are those credentials just to give him access? Lots of questions and after reading the book, you might still be pondering the answers.

But you will enjoy the story of Murphy Shepherd and his passion to rescue and of those who love him and those he loves in return.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Charles Martin, fans of Christian fiction, those interested in the rescuing in the sex trade

Christian Impact:

Themes of grace and redemption

Other Notes:

Includes book discussion questions

The Water Keeper (Murphy Shepherd #1)

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

One Response to “The Water Keeper”

  1. Martin did answer most of those questions, but anything left unanswered is covered in his second book, The Letter Keeper. I would rate The Water Keeper 5 stars. I found it riveting. I loved the second book as well and look forward to the third book!

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