Something in the Waterby Published 05 Jun 2018
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“A psychological thriller that captivated me from page one. What unfolds makes for a wild, page-turning ride! It’s the perfect beach read!”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)
A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debut--for readers of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Shari Lapena.
If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you?
Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .
Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?
Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .
Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?
Wonder no longer. Catherine Steadman's enthralling voice shines throughout this spellbinding debut novel. With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we're tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.
Something in the Water Reviews
I LOVED this. It was so addictive and I loved how the main character, Erin, just seemed actually to have a death wish the entire time.
When she and her husband discover "something in the water" while they are on their honeymoon, lots of decisions lie ahead about what they should do about it. What follows is a twisty adventure that is a whole lot of fun and does actually beg the question "what would YOU do?" Well I asked myself this but certainly I don't think I'd have gone down exactly the path that was chosen...
This was beautifully done to maximum effect - you rock along with Erin as she makes one good or bad choice after another, the supporting characters are all highly intriguing and the plotting is so so cool, you just don't know what the outcome will be but you are hoping that it won't mean curtains for Erin - one of those characters you shout at while reading, forgetting entirely for a moment that they are fictional and certainly can't hear you...
I liked the side story of the documentary being made which tied in beautifully to the moral lesson in this tale, overall it was just a great great read, which I shall shout much more about nearer to publication date.
**3 Goodreads Stars**
Have you ever read a book where you feel like yelling at the main character "what are you doing?!," "you are sooo going to get caught!!," or "noooo, don't do that!!!"? Catherine Steadman's Something In The Water felt a bit like watching a disaster unfold before my eyes.
The lead character, Erin, is a newlywed who trusts her husband Mark more than she should. There are seriously SO many red flags about him from day one, yet Erin disregards them. This is because she, too, hides many secrets - big and small - from Mark. Their relationship is certainly not built on trust, but rather built on a growing mountain of lies.
Erin is an aspiring filmmaker who is drawn into the world of crime when she begins a documentary on three people getting out of prison after long sentences. First, the project starts out innocently, but then it takes a darker turn when Erin and Mark find a mysterious bag full of riches while honeymooning in Bora Bora. They also discover something grisly near the bag, but I won't spoil that surprise. What do they do with the bag? Let's just say they make really poor decisions that lead to a terrifying climax and an epic ending.
So why 3 stars? My frustration with the book certainly wasn't the writing. What irked me was the unbelievable series of events that unraveled in the book. Erin, for instance, is already under police and homeland security surveillance due to her association with one of the prisoners who has been involved in terrorism. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for someone to knock on her door and arrest her, but it didn't happen. There were SO many things she and Mark were able to get away with. It just didn't seem realistic given the intensity of modern surveillance in the digital age. The narrator also grated on me at times, but I think that's more of a personality issue on my part. I had a hard time putting this book down, however, due to the growing unease and tension present in the plot, hence the 3 stars.
Thank you to the author, Catherine Steadman, the publisher, Random House - Ballantine, and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of Something In The Water.
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This is a thriller about a couple who find themselves in financial distress weeks before their wedding and the decisions they make afterwards will have life-changing consequences.
Erin is a documentary filmmaker and Mark is a banker who loses his job days before the big day. They live in a very nice home and decide to go through with their planned wedding as well as the honeymoon despite the fact that they could make wiser financial decisions under the circumstances.
Once in their dreamy Bora-Bora honeymoon, they find "something in the water" that could resolve all their money troubles but may also end up putting their lives in danger.
The book opens up with an engaging scene where Erin is digging a grave to bury a body. Then the timeline moves back into the past and describes the events that led up to that moment.
I liked the characters but at some points I was frustrated by their decisions. It is true that the factors such as motivation and opportunity were present for Erin and Mark to behave the way they did, but still.
Overall, the novel was engaging and the author kept the plot moving forward. I recommend it to readers of thrillers and contemporary fiction.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley
Something in the Water comes out June 5, 2018 and it is going to be a sure-fire hit for those looking for a beach read this summer. Erin and Mark are newly married and are wild for each other. Erin works as a filmmaker; seeking out information through the crime doc genre, while Mark is a stereotypical banker (don't tell Erin I said that!)—handsome, smart, and calculating. The duo is very passionate (to say the least) and choose to visit Bora Bora for their honeymoon. As the twosome are vacationing, they spot a scuba diving situation gone wrong. Do they duo speak on what has transpired or will it be their little secret?
Something in the Water starts off relatively strong by speaking about Erin and her digging a hole big enough for a body—and then the story immediately takes off. Where it goes, that really is the big question. A majority of the story is slow pacing and relatively hard to binge-read; making it one of those "I'll get back to this story at another time," kind of reads. Erin and Mark are excruciatingly unrealistic and unreliable that it really toned down how I felt about this book. As the story progresses, Erin dives into a lot of unnecessary backstory while moving the story along. Thriller 101, do not add unnecessary plot holes and storylines to the central arc—we want to be on the edge of our seats. This book definitely has that UK thriller vibe where the pacing is moderately slow, but the story is vastly original. If you're looking for something different, Something in the Water might be the read for you.
Review to Come!