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The House on the Water

By: Margot Hunt

Narrator: Taylor Schilling


Publisher: Audible Originals

Publication Date: 12/03/2020

Format: Audible

My Rating: 4 Stars

From the author of Buried Deep comes brand new thriller about a summer vacation turned deadly, and a group of friends trapped together until they can determine who among them is capable of murder.

Every year, Caroline Reed takes a trip with her best friend, Esme Lamont. They’re usually accompanied by their spouses—but this year, everything’s changed. Esme has just gone through a bitter divorce, and Caroline is wondering if her own marriage is reaching its breaking point, as she and her husband John cope with the discovery that their nineteen-year-old son has been abusing drugs. Still, the inseparable duo books a week-long stay at a beach-front home in Shoreham, Florida, inviting Esme’s brother, Nick, and his new husband, Ford, in hopes that the additional guests will help lighten the mood.

After a blissful first night in the vacation home, tragedy strikes, and one of the houseguests is found dead. While it’s assumed at first to be a horrific accident, it quickly becomes clear that there’s something more sinister at play, and over the course of this fast-paced, deeply chilling novella, the potential motives of each guest are revealed—until a shocking conclusion is reached.


About the Author

Margot Hunt is a USA TODAY and bestselling author of three novels and the Audible Original Buried Deep.

Her debut psychological thriller, Best Friends Forever, which examines the complexity of female friendships against a backdrop of duplicity, was heralded as a "cleverly constructed thriller [that] kept me guessing until the very end" by Peter Swanson, and her second novel For Better and Worse was called the "best thriller of the year" by Book of the Month.

The Last Affair, Hunt’s latest novel, explores an extramarital affair that ends with the murder of one of the cheated upon spouses. Learn more at


About the Performer

Taylor Schilling is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress best known for her starring role as Piper Chapman in the Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black.

Recently, Schilling appeared in the Hulu anthology thriller series, Monsterland.

Schilling is set to lead in the new AMC hour-long animated primetime drama Pantheon, alongside Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, and Paul Dano. Schilling will also star in the Spectrum Original’s series, The Second Wave with Audra McDonald.

In 2019, Schilling starred in Orion Pictures’ horror thriller, The Prodigy.

Schilling appeared in the Film Arcade indie comedy, Family, which premiered at the 2018 South by South West Film Festival. Schilling also starred alongside Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, and Gabrielle Union in the Emilio Estevez-directed drama, The Public, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.

In 2017, Schilling starred in Take Me.

In 2016, Schilling completed production on The Titan, opposite Sam Worthington and Tom Wilkinson.

In 2015, Schilling also appeared in Patrick Brice’s The Overnight, alongside Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival. Earlier that same year, Schilling completed her limited engagement run in the Classic Stage Company production of A Month in the Country, opposite Peter Dinklage.

In 2012, Schilling starred opposite Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman in the Academy Award winning film Argo. Earlier in 2012, Schilling starred opposite Zac Efron in Scott Hicks’ highly anticipated Warner Brothers film The Lucky One, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel.

Taylor grew up in Massachusetts and graduated in 2006 from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting. She then studied acting in New York University's Graduate Acting Program.

She lives in New York City.







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