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Ve already read Enjoy this one on it s own merit Erin and Mark are about to embark on their dream honeymoon Erin is a documentary filmmaker and is engaged to handsome successful financial advisor Mark The two have a nearly perfect relationship each balances the other out and is able to cheer the other up when down Erin is creating a documentary about prisoners reintegrating into society after their release when she takes a break and she and Mark leave grey skied England for a dream honeymoon in Bora BoraMark and Erin spend their days hiking eating exotic meals basking in the sun and making love in their room a perfect honeymoon Erin is even facing her fear of scuba diving to see the oceans with Mark But after a big storm makes the waters cloudy they are forced to change their dive location to a different island about an hour off the shore of Bora Bora And then out in a boat in the middle of the ocean they hear itTHUNK THUNK THUNK There s something in the water and nothing will ever be the same againI cannot believe this is a debut novel Catherine has a way with vivid characters settings and vernacular probably from her career as an actress I found Erin and Mark so compelling both as individuals and in their relationship dynamic Mark is calculating where Erin is creative Erin is action oriented where Mark is strategic Both are open to understanding when they ve misunderstood the otherBut I don t want to forget to mention the other characters The three prisoners Holli Alexa and Eddie are fascinating each in their own way Steadman shows the incredible diversity of those who are convicted Some may deserve worse than they got and others you might empathize with or even see a bit of your own decision making in Each has their own story peppered throughout the book in Erin s interviews with themAnd the mystery The something that is in the water It sets a chain of events in motion that are twisty and heart pounding in their rapid succession From the time the boat hits the THUNK THUNK readers will NOT be able to put this book down Erin and Mark both handle the situation so differently Erin surprises even herself with her boldness which was wonderful to read about Erin was a great narrator even if I did want to shake her at times and tell her to stop JUST STOPThe series of tiny decisions that could lead them on different paths each step of the way was extremely well written I found myself unsure at each stage what I would choose Would I follow the same path that Erin and Mark did What would I do if I were the one to find something in the water I wanted to avoid saying much about the plot beyond the discovery because readers will absolutely love the ride this book will take them on I look forward to from this authorI want to sincerely thank Netgalley Catherine Steadman and Ballantine Books at Random House Publishing for an opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review It was my pleasure Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave Wonder no longer It takes an age However long you think it takes double that Let me start by giving credit where it s due Catherine Steadman nails the first chapter hands down Very few openers have acuired my attention as adeptly as those four simple sentencesHow could any suspense reader not be enthralled with a woman who turns to Google to learn the proper depth to bury a body or look away as she carries on one painstaking shovel full at a time Erin proves with her narrative ridding yourself of a pesky body in dirt might not be as easy as the movies portray wink I m not a bad person Or maybe I am You decide I think we can all agree there s not much subjectivity allowed here is there anyone who finds themselves in a situation that reuires the disposal of a body pretty much guarantees they re not a good person What kind of reader would that make me #THOUGH IF I DIDN T GIVE ERIN THE CHANCE #if I didn t give Erin the chance explain herself From Erin s declaration on her moral character Catherine Steadman flips the calendar back three months setting to work the events that land her leading lady in the woods committing a major felony Let me dip my toe in the plot here for a bit Erin is a budding documentary filmmaker while her soon to be husband an investment banker has recently found himself without a ob Less money means less of a fuss over their nuptials and a mere two weeks in Bora Bora instead of the planned three It s in the turuoise waters off the island in the midst of what anyone would consider a dream honeymoon that the couple happens across something in the water A few unfathomable items ust floating along minding their own business tucked securely Away In A Locked Black in a locked black I think we d all be kidding ourselves if we said we d ust leave it alone What s that saying curiousity killed the cat The circumstances pose a bit of a moral dilemma as they should do Erin and Mark alert someone to what they found or shove the guilt down somewhere deep and live a prosperous life instead Any guesses at the decision the couple makesThings start to get a bit dicey when Erin and Mark find themselves back home in London pretending to carry on as if nothing has changed We all know that scenario never holds up What ensues is a non stop decline in believability a flagrant lack of storyline development and one absurd decision followed by another From curiosity in the beginning to waning feelings in the middle to disdain for the crippling ridiculousness of the back half this is one I m labeling as a major upset What kills me this could should have been so much The entire story is told from Erin s perspective and it s my belief the author s writing style will be hit or miss with readers Catherine Steadman s words are extremely choppy but in some ways I felt her voice fed into the suspense of the novel and lessened the impact of the drivel If you think about it our own thoughts are far from linear and polished there s a rawness a flitting from one thought to another constantly Well that s the best ustification I can come up with for the messiness presented on the pageWas the story written this way intentionally I m not uite sure What I am sure of this story would have benefited from editing uite a few times Catherine Steadman wrote Herself Into A Corner And into a corner and to turn in circles spewing bits of useless information while trying to get back on track Again that s ust my take on the steady diet of nonsense the author chose to spoon feed the readerI m going to end things on this note when writing a story or heck even in real life simply thinking about something doesn t necessarily breath it in to fruition regardless of how many times this plot tries to persuade you otherwise If that was the case the ending of this book would have been something else entirely Thank you to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for providing a review copy. Red how long it takes to dig a graveWonder 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. ,

I mean not emotionally but literally with the blue crosses and a lot of fuck and shits OR how do we learn about Glock s for at least 5 pages at that point I asked myself I can read this in Wikipedia Honestly as far as I know it s better to tell something with less words I can edit this book and c The story was Home Remedies just meh for me The audio was incredible The author is an actress from Downton Abby If you don t read a lot of thrillers you might enjoy this If you do read a lot of thrillers you might find itust okI m still in a rut On to the next Chilling Thrilling and Killing StarsMy rating system is very simple If I read a book straight through the night can t put it down at work interrupt meals to get back to it it s worthy of five stars And this was the case for Something in the Water Very few books achem thrillers deserve five stars imho They are either lacking in character development plot development or a mixture of the two I thought this thriller was expertly plotted and uick paced Although I found the beginning to be a little odd it does make sense within the larger context of the book What is Something in the Water about A couple Erin and Mark having ust gotten married set forth on their honeymoon in Bora Bora Although instead of having a relaxing vacation on the beach they find a shocking discovery that upends their entire life I m not going to say any you ll ust have to read the bookThis was a buddy read for me and it made my enjoyment of the book even greater As my reading buddy pointed out you ll have to suspend your belief in sections of this novel There are definitely moments that are too coincidental or where the protagonist is Spots Fun with Friends just too lucky This didn t bother me but if you are a skeptical reader it mightAll in all I found this to be extremely fun I could easily euate this with a roller coaster having so many twists an FIVE STARSFor domestic suspense fun it doesn t get much better than this SOMETHING IN THE WATER is Numero Uno on the NYT bestseller list this week a Reese s bookclub selection and the movie rights have long been snatched up All that buzzy attention heaped on one lil ole debut novel can make some of us okayme a tad skeptical No need to worry You are in expert hands with Catherine Steadman Maybe you live on a deserted island and haven t heard but Steadman is a fabulous gorgeous actress working in the UK She most notably was a cast member of Britain s Downton Abbey She can also write like the pros if not better What the heck So much talent in one person uit your dayob or not Ms Steadman you are a superstar either wayThere are tons of summaries out there Please don t read them Listen I accidentally read the spoilest spoilers EVER in the New York Times and Kirkus Reviews Geez Don t look for about the story I would have enjoyed it so much if I didn t already know what the something in the water was Take my word for itThe pacing is brisk the narrator is unreliable BUT NOT A DRUNK and the story translates uite believably as a realistic situation You guys know how much I abhor the hand wringing heroine But here our protagonist is VERY pro action True she doesn t always make the best decisions omg but she tries her best and I for one felt a weird kind of kinship with our main character It s my favorite kind of suspense building story One bad decision leads to another leads to one and so onIt s the ultimate what would you do situational structure Steadman writes in a slick sophisticated manner I m completely infatuated with her wit "and styleIf you enjoyed The Girl on the The Woman in Cabin 10 or The Flight Attendant "styleIf you enjoyed The Girl on Train The Woman in Cabin 10 or The Flight Attendant will love Something in the Water The audiobook is stellar Steadman acts as her own icy sexy narrator and you will uickly understand why she is such a wonderful actress Highly recommend I am so excited to discover this new gifted author Looking forward to her career in this difficult to write genre 5 Tension Filled Stars Well HOT damn this book was ust brilliant Full disclosure I was running behind on my reviews so I purchased this on audio on release day and I was even a little hesitant because I saw the author was narrating not always a good thing but I had no idea that Catherine Steadman is an actress and after finishing this book I now know she is also a fantastic author and audiobook narrator Simply amazing Seriously if I could I would give her narration six stars it was really exceptional And this book kept me on the edge of my seat from about 30% onErin and Mark are a happy newly married couple on their honeymoon in Bora Bora they are having a wonderful time in this tropical paradise untilthunk thunk there is something in the water and what it is will alter this couple s lives from this point on the tension is ramped up and I felt as though I was on the edge of my seat throughout so many thoughts what would I do in this situation What is the ethical thing to doErin and Mark were both fabulous characters they both handled the situation so differently and I found that part so compelling and trueErin was very bold about it all and didn t always think things through in fact sometimes she did some really stupid fact sometimes she did some really stupid Mark on the other hand was cautious not much of a risk taker although he was usually fine with his wife taking a risk I have to say I was both surprised and a little disappointed by both of these characters at points in this bookThere is also a very fascinating side story in this book Erin is filming a documentary about prisoners about to be released Eddie Holly and Alexa were all strong interesting and well developed characters I found each of their storys compelling and uniue definitely added another layer to this already wonderful book and the voice of eddie is absolutely the best in this audioThis really was a book unlike any other I have read before it was very refreshing absolutely recommend to everybody regardless of your reading preferences thank you to the publisher for my copy of this brilliant book 5 THUNK THUNK THUNK Stars A slow build to a shocking discovery this book will have you wondering what you would do See my review hereWhat an incredible debut novel this is for Catherine Steadman While the book starts with a bang the next 30% is a slow build as you get to know the characters Then at about 35% the story takes a turn and readers will find themselves holding on for the ride unsure of where they ll end up I was unsure about this book at first but I have to say I ended up really enjoying it and found it to be a tantalizing premise for a story I don t even know what I d compare this book to Its really uite uniue from other psychological thrillers though I m sure some comparisons Ruth Ware Paula Hawkins are bound to come up I don t want to make those though because I don t think readers should go into this book expecting something similar to what they. While scuba diving in the crystal blue sea they find something in the water Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmaresSuddenly 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 wonde. ,
35 Wow What dynamite first chapter Thought I d be in for the thriller of the summer If only This book reminded me of the old slasher movies where you re screaming at the characters not to go into the basement I found myself screaming at Erin and Mike Not to open the duffel bag But of course characters aren t going to listen to me At seemingly every turn they d be doing something that would ust make me cringe and screaming stop Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave The book held my interest even though I was almost hoarse from yelling at the characters For the most part I enjoyed the ride The endingwell I was hoping for a little clarity than what was givenYou do need to put your believability issues aside to stay with the plot I d like to say I walked loving it but I can t Though I will say I liked it and would recommend this one for an easy vacation read A Traveling Friend read Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman is a 2018 Ballantine publication Slightly predictable morality tale with a nice hook and a few clever twists You Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings just got married you re in financial straits looking at a drastic change in your uality of living standards but you ve already got a nice honeymoon planned in Bora Bora so why not enjoy every minute of your vacation That s what newlyweds Erin and Mark plan on doing before they head back to reality and an uncertain future But on a standard scuba dive they discover something in the water a discovery that puts them in a very prickly position However the bottom line is they probably hit the Motherload But they also make another very grisly discovery and in their paranoid horror and glee make a few whopping mistakes that could come back to haunt them Can they get away with keeping something that doesn t belong to them Should they What if someone finds out The pressure they were under before is nothing like the pressure they are under now As they work to cover all their bases they face one moral dilemma after another as lies and rationalizations take over and they slide further into moral bankruptcy every day Erin a documentary filmmaker is our narrator laying out the full story going back to when she and Mark first met Mark sob as an investment banker ended abruptly and uite unexpectedly forcing Mark to face the dismal prospect of having to take any ob he can find in an economic downturn The treasure they find is the answer to all their problems but they aren t prepared for the lengths they will have to go to to profit from their discoveries while trying not to get caught They soon find themselves rubbing elbows with less than trustworthy people ustifying their moral compromises and keeping secrets from each other Right now psychological thrillers are so popular publishers are rushing subpar novels with interchangeable plotlines into the marketplace in record numbers It s so bad I ve begun removing PTs from my TBR pile before I burn out completely Sort of reminds me of the fever pitch PNR and Urban Fantasy reached back at the peak of Twilight s popularity thank God that s over Maybe Fifty Shades of Grey knockoffs are on the way out too one can only hope But I digress This book however had a very intriguing synopsis and the ratings were mostly favorable so I had to see why it was popular While I was hopeful I also approached the book with cautious optimism Thankfully despite my having picked up on a few tells early on in the novel I found myself caught up in the character s fear guilt and self loathing their guilty consciences or lack thereof battling against the need to cover their butts and pull off the caper of the century all so they maintain a lifestyle they Had Grown Accustomed To It grown accustomed to It an Neimhaim (Neimhaim, journey from that standpoint The parallels between Erin s documentary subjects and her own life didn t go unnoticed and the role they played in the story was ironic However the characters were often so na ve so utterly clueless I wanted to scream or maybe I didn t give them enough credit You ll have to be theudge on that one Overall the story is a little predictable but I was very engaged and very interested to see how everything would turn out in the end It s an addictive read with some well timed twists that are every effective Overall I ended up enjoying this one for the most part It has a few flaws but didn t feel like a book written ust to cash in on a trend Perhaps Steadman will try her hand at this often in between her acting roles of course 4 stars I had a really hard time rating this one do you ever have books where you get so frustrated with the characters that you ust want to scream Well this is definitely one where I was super frustrated and wanted to throw my kindle at times lol Erin and Mark are a newly married couple that don t have the best honest relationship I noticed that Erin and Mark both have been keeping secrets from one another Erin is trusting Mark a little then she should despite all the red flags But Erin isn t so innocent either and has been keeping Carrying the Greeks Heir just as much from her husband Mark Seems like a disaster waiting to happeneeek Erin is a filmmaker who has an interest in the world of crime She begins a filming project about three people who are being released from prison The documentary examines closely the lives of these three individuals and starts out as a project but ends up taking a sinister turn While on their honeymoon Mark and Erin find a mysterious black bag in the ocean Let sust say the items in the bag are not in the least bit innocent This of course adds intense moments and leads to a show of an ending I had some issues with this book which is why I only gave it three stars One my god was this book slow up until 50 percent for me I felt like nothing was happening and I was struggling to complete chapter after chapter Finally it picked up half way through I felt that some of the events that transpired from Mark and Erin s decisions were ust too unbelievable I felt that it would be almost impossible to get away with some of the things that Mark and Erin got away with Too much security etc currently I feel like this was an overall average thriller for me with a decent ending 3 starsThank you so much to Netgalley and Random House Ballantine for an advanced arc in exchange for my honest review Published to GR 52318Publication date 6518 Full review hereThis might seem harsh but I really don t understand how this book got published in the way it isTHIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERSSTYLE AND WRITINGSteadman s writing is not steady Well There is A LOT in this book A LOT In the beginning I thought #hey she must be going into these details for a reason Then #she must be going into these details for a reason Then I read the I became sure there is no reason for us reading a wedding reception 3 course menu and prices for pages OR how our character interprets a pregnancy test for at least a few page. If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever would youErin 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. ,

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