Book reviews

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

3/5 stars


I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House -Ballantine for my free copy of this book.


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.

My Review:

This was definitely a thriller and definitely intense in parts.  But it was a good 30% into the book before it got intense.  The author took A LOT of time introducing the characters and giving background and blow by blows of day to day things.  The premise of the story was something that has been in countless movies, it was nothing new.  If you fantasize about shopping on Rodeo Drive or Bond Street, you might really enjoy that part of the story.  I felt that the subplot, about Erin making a documentary about criminals was interesting and I liked how it was woven into the story, but all in all, this book was not one of my favorites.


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