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. . . . 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. . . .
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I would have preferred a more pared down version of the story. I didn’t feel that I needed to know every detail of their lives, a good third of the book was taken up with setting the scene. Once Mark and Erin found the bag in the water, the pace picked up and the suspense levels rose. This is Catherine Steadman’s debut novel so it will be interesting to see what she will produce next.
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Erin and Mark, as young newlyweds on their honeymoon, find “something in the water” that changes both of them for the worse. It took until page 230 to get to that, though. Before they found “something in the water” are 229 pages of buildup. Even after they find “something in the water,” the story is predictable, including and most of all the end.
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I need to start by saying that the writing in this book is great. The characters are real, easily understood, and recognizable. You become immersed in this book easily and are upset when you need to put the book down to attend to life.
I felt the love the
This one has it all, the love, the romance, the fear, the twists, all of it. It's all in this book that you will want to read real fast so you know, and at the same time, read real slow so that it doesn't end.
I have been travelling and have been carrying my smallest e-reader, a tiny smart phone that isn't very smart. The screen is bigger than a business card, but not much and
I read this book by flipping through the pages as fast as I could, slowing to read a sentence here and a whole page there. I "finished" the book in a remarkably short time. The tiny screen was one reason that I could go from screen to screen so quickly. Another is that Ms Steadman has added way too much description and back story in the text. I really didn't care about most of it. The third reason is that the story is told in the first person, a literary form I don't much care for. Finally, I felt that Erin, our hero, does some stupid stuff and takes strange risks that no one would take, and I found her somewhat unbelievable.
All that being said, I think there are a lot of mystery and thriller readers who will enjoy this story of a young woman and her husband who get drawn deeper and deeper into crime. Go ahead and give it a try.
I received a review copy of "Something in the Water" by Catherine Steadman (Random House – Ballantine) through NetGalley.com.
As I read the book, I could admire the writing, the characters, the story, and the pacing... but I simply could not care for the book. This review has more to do with me than it does with Steadman's work. I am tired of domestic suspense. I'm tired of reading books in which you can't trust any of your nearest and dearest. Just give me a simple murder and a dedicated cop to solve it. If you are a fan of Gone Girl and the domestic suspense subgenre, Something in the Water should be something that you will really enjoy. As for me, I'm going to steer clear of Domestic Suspense Circle and head for Harry Bosch Boulevard.
Author: Catherine Steadman
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Something in the Water" by Catherine Steadman
I enjoyed this good fast paced and thought provoking read which was about two
I liked how this author was able to draw the reader into a riveting psychological suspense-thriller and mysterious read where one will find themselves on the edge of your seat with all that will be happening in this story from all of its twist and turns. The author really knows how to give the reader a well developed plot as well as defined characters that will keep your attention. So, if you are interesting a a roller coaster ride you will be into a treat from this read.
The first line, which is also used in the promotional material, is an attention-grabber and the entire first chapter is a wonderful opening. This is one of the fairly common elements I think Steadman uses very well, opening with a scene that sequentially would come at or near the end of the book in a simple chronological presentation. The set-up means we are curious about how she arrives at this point rather than wondering what the end point will be. Again, some prefer simple chronological storytelling and really only want a story to be told to them. Some, I think many, enjoy knowing something of the end but wondering what in the world could have brought her to that point. Not quite as simplistic as the pure chronological presentation but really just a shift in what the reader will ponder.
Both Erin and Mark can be annoying. I am not of the mind that they are as bad or as unlikable as some seem to see them. I particularly don't think they are that bad in the early part of their relationship. Like many of us, they discover aspects of themselves when either bad luck or good luck confronts them. We often learn more about ourselves when presented with life-changing events, whether good or bad, and they are hit with both, so they make some bad decisions and become less than what they likely considered themselves to be as people.
I personally liked getting plenty of detail, I think it fits with who Erin is and even when Erin goes into minute detail about a Glock it highlights how foreign a gun is to her while also showing how she becomes comfortable with it. I empathized with Erin even when I was annoyed by some of her actions. She seemed to have always felt like she didn't quite belong at many times in her life and she developed mechanisms to either fit in or at least not draw attention to herself. That odd mixture of confidence and doubt at the same time, believing in oneself at the same time you doubt yourself.
I don't know what loose ends people have mentioned not being tied up. As far as the narrative of the story is concerned, everything was sealed pretty well. The only thing left hanging wasn't part of this story and seems to be a potential hint at a future volume. If you read attentively you should have all of your questions, as they pertain to the story, answered. You may find some things to be a stretch or even unlikely but if you read thrillers and mysteries you have come to expect some of that.
Reviewed from a copy made available through Goodreads First Reads.
Then the story starts at the beginning of this couple's relationship. I found myself rooting for this couple all along the way until after the honeymoon. Then I
There were many suspects and this was definitely a gripping read. Towards the end my pulse was racing, I couldn't read the book fast enough. And then the spiel about the Glock? Come on, get with the book. HA!!!
Excellent read. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.
Thanks to Random House Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
The book starts with Erin digging a grave with her dead husband next to her. As I
Erin and Mark are on their honeymoon. They make a startling discovery when they find Something in the Water (see what I did there?). The choices they make along the way might startle you but nothing will prepare you for the end.
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I'm really enjoying the audio books. This book was narrated by the author, Catherine Steadman, and I loved her voice. It was really easy to listen to and read well.
I still wonder if a book rating would change for me if I were to read it first instead of listening to it first but it's not something I'll ever be able to find out since you can only read/listen to a book as a virgin once. After that, you know.
When a newlywed couple finds something completely unexpected on their honeymoon, they make decisions that change everything for them and their life
Here's the thing with this book. It starts out with a lot of promise. The first chapter is a great set up that had me hooked right away.
But the middle section, at least to me, was very predictable. I called it very early on. This made getting through the middle section almost a bit of a chore.
The end, however, was also really well done. It was completely unexpected, a great twist, that surprised me and left me thinking.
So, total, the book was pretty good. It was just that middle section that really lacked. Steadman has great ideas, she just needs to work on carrying the interest of the story completely through, not just the beginning and ending.
It is a big year for Erin. She has obtained funding for her first solo project, a documentary following three prisoners during and after incarceration. Her upcoming wedding to Mark; everything seems to be “at a magical point”. Maybe not. Mark loses his job as an investment banker for an undisclosed reason. No severance, bad economic timing, no job prospects, limited savings and a mortgage on his only asset, his house. They minimize the situation, downsize the wedding, shorten the honeymoon and everything will be fine. Off to Bora Bora for their honeymoon and when something goes “thunk, thunk, thunk’ in the water the downward spiral begins. Now the beguiling question of whether something is flotsam or jetsam begins to define everything, the truth, the lies, the deception, the fear, the idiocy of all of it. It would be too easy to add more but they would all be spoilers.
The tension is at all times handwringing tense. The characterizations and their circumstances are spot on. This book is a true testament to “How quickly what is good can become not good enough through comparison.” There are no altruists in these pages just varying levels of greed and for me that’s the rub.
Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for an ARC