“A disturbing, enigmatic book, all the more troubling for its humdrum setting . . . This is a visceral book and . . . it excels . . . in its gut-wrenching descriptions of how dehydration ravages the body and mind. Stock up on bottled water before you read it.”—The Scotland Herald

“Claustrophobic, neatly written and gripping”—Vogue Magazine

“An intense apocalyptic scenario… Warner hones in on the details of survival and how relationships and communities go to the bad in the face of disaster.” —Psychologies Magazine

“This compelling eco-thriller… offers a thoroughly unsettling vision of an all-too-believable near future.” —The Mail on Sunday, Thriller of the Week

"In Benjamin Warner’s utterly terrifying thriller, a town’s water supply mysteriously dries up all at once, and a married couple does increasingly desperate and terrible things to survive. Warner’s descriptions are so visceral, this book is not for the weak of stomach." Entertainment Weekly

“Reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Warner's spare, chilling tale paints an unsettlingly realistic picture of society on the brink and the grim choices ordinary people might have to make when faced with the urgent need to survive.” —Booklist

“If you've ever caught yourself pondering a post-apocalyptic ‘what would happen if’ scenario, you'll feel at home in this novel. Warner, a Towson University creative writing professor, brings us into a world where water has disappeared mysteriously, and survival forces his characters to behave in ways they wouldn't have dreamed. They resort to violence and threats while combating dehydration, which Warner relays in terrifying detail. Thirst is transportative and enveloping, so much so that you'll feel relieved when you can shut the book and reach for a glass of water.”—Baltimore Magazine

“[A] tense debut thriller . . . Warner gives us a beautiful portrayal of a couple desperate for water, or anything that might quench their thirst, as they fade in and out of consciousness due to dehydration. The author does a stellar job of depicting the chaos that would ensue if water suddenly disappeared, with no explanations as to how or why it vanished or when it might return. The ways that strangers and neighbors alike respond to the crisis are reminiscent of moments in history when blackouts have stopped a city from functioning, and the way that the Chapmans respond to the primeval need to drink is horrific and realistic at the same time. Make sure a tall glass of something cold is nearby when enjoying Thirst.” —Shelf Awareness

“The novel is beautifully written with a gripping, heartbreaking tone. He doesn’t just give you a peek into Eddie’s mind, he cracks open Eddie’s skull and shoves you right in the middle of it. The style is visceral and sharp, like a lucid nightmare. If they ever do an audiobook I will definitely check it out; this is a script that begs to be read aloud.”—Tor.com

“The prose in Thirst offers the same feeling of sweltering oppression as a triple-digit July day. As the narrative develops, so too does that sense of suffocation – the reader is wrapped in the same overwhelming heat as Eddie and Laura . . . . Thirst is a tight, tense thriller that will leave you with a lingering appreciation for your kitchen faucet.”—The Maine Edge (Bangor, ME)

“With a tight focus and a steadily increasing tension, the novel explores the limits of what we would give up of our humanity in order to survive. Warner achieves a chillingly claustrophobic atmosphere in which everything in the outside world becomes a threat.” —Publishers Weekly

“A timely, necessary, character-driven meditation on morality, society, and responsibility. Thirst presses us, accuses and implicates us in the failures of its characters, thereby rising above most of its brethren in the now-crowded genre of disaster fiction.” —Chicago Review of Books