Something In The Water [review]

Something In The Water

Title: Something In The Water
Author: Catherine Steadman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

[Synopsis]

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.

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[My Review]

Something In The Water is a fun, action-packed read which is a little predictable at times, but remains a novel that kept me wanting to turn the pages and find out what would happen to out-of-their-depth newlyweds, Erin and Mark.

Told mostly from the perespective of Erin, the story jumps around slightly as she relays how they met and how they got into the mess they’re in. It’s pretty clear which storyline is the present day and which is set in the past without getting confusing, and the story doesn’t focus too much on the past storyline but instead just offers enough insight into Mark and Erin’s relationship without straying too far from the main story.

The characters themselves are, on the whole, likable enough though at points I wanted to shake Erin for being so bloody naive/ foolish, and I was really intrigued as to how – or if – some of Erin’s documentary subjects would affect the plot. The storyline itself is pretty ridiculous in parts, but it’s also really fun to read! If you like your thrillers to be super realistic then this might not be the read for you (and you probably have trouble finding many books that fit the criteria in this genre, to be honest!) but otherwise I’d recommend setting aside a few hours for this (if you’re anything like me you’ll smash through it in no time), suspending your disblief and just enjoy! It’s a really easy, absorbing read.

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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