Something in the Water

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 30 Apr 2019

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This one caught me by surprise. Not what I was expecting but it turned out to be a really interesting story.
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I literally couldn't get past the first few chapters.
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Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman was great! Be prepared to stay up all night to finish it! The story centers around Erin, a newly married woman, and how an innocent discovery changes her entire life.
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Excellent thriller! It starts with an oh my God, i can't believe she's done that, which sets the book on to an upward high and you not wanting it to end. I stayed up super late finishing this book and hoping it would be adapted into a mini series or movie. The plot is excellent, the characters are well developed and thought out. I loved how they made good and bad choices, as we all do. Totally relatable and convincing. It was dark, thrilling and wonderful to read.

I can't recommend it enough!

*I'd like to thank the author/publisher/NetGalley for the opportunity to red this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*
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Absolutely loved this book. It opens up with a woman explaining how to bury a body and what dimensions to dig a grave. I just knew I was going to love the book and had a hard time putting it down and on the upside I now know how to did a grave.

Erin and Mark are getting married. They are planning all the details and decide to honeymoon in Bora Bora. Erin is filming a documentary following three different prisoners during and after incarceration. Erin and Mark seem like a happy, loving couple. We know that's not true due to one of them soon to be buried. Mark loses his job, cancels part of the honeymoon, wants to change the reception venue and sell their house. He turns into someone Erin doesn't recognize, but she brushes it off as stress. They still get married and all seems well on their shortened honeymoon. While scuba diving in Bora Bora, Erin and Mark come across a duffel bag that will change their lives forever. 

There are so many twists and turns throughout the book. I loved when Erin turned to Eddie for advice. Who is better to ask about selling illegal items, buying guns and burying bodies than 
than a gangster currently serving prison time. I really detested Mark. He was very sneaky and always blamed Erin when stuff happened, so I wasn't too sad about the ending. I just wish Erin could have asked him why.

I loved the story and writing style. I can't wait to read more books by the author. I definitely recommend this book. 

Thanks to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and the author, Catherine Steadman, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
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Book dragged on and on, and really didn't get to the point. Had high hopes.

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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Something in the Water was different than anything I've read lately. It kept me guessing where everything was going, which is exactly what I like in a book. At some points, I found Erin quite annoying, but I think it was intentional. A big part of the story was wondering what you would do in the same situation. There's a lot about what is right and wrong and how individual people see that in their own minds. It's hard to say too much about this book without giving something away and I personally like to know very little when going into a book, as so many are predictable as it is. Some will say that they saw the ending coming a mile away, and it was one of my theories, but that's the good thing about this book. There were enough possibilities that it kept my interest. A roller coaster of a story is the best way I can describe it.
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Excellent thriller.  Keeps reader engaged and in suspense.  I think this author is one you don't want to miss!
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The story starts with our narrator digging a grave and takes off as we learn how she got there. A romantic honeymoon in Bora Bora, a locked duffel bag found on a dive and chaos ensues. Methodically told with twists along the way, worth the read. 


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Superb thriller! Well worth the read. Keep an eye on Steadman and her future works.
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I really enjoyed “Something in the Water” by Catherine Steadman. It is her debut thriller about a newlywed couple that stumbles upon stolen money while on their honeymoon in Bora Bora and the repercussions of finding that money.
It was hard to put down and I look forward to future books from this author. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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Erin and Mark are planning  a huge wedding and a lavish honeymoon, but have to curtail their spending when Mark loses his job. They still honeymoon in Bora Bora, but have to cut their time there short. Still, they have an amazing time, hiking diving and swimming. One day, they encounter a locked box in the water and while at first they try to turn it in to hotel management, the box finds its way back to their room. Unable to resist, Erin breaks into the box where she finds a staggering amount of money and a handful of diamonds. The couple know someone must be looking for the box and its contents and they know that this time of loot doesn’t belong to anyone up to any good. But they just can’t resist and decide to keep the money and stones for themselves. It’s not long before someone who was close to them in Bora Bora is murdered and it’s only a matter of time before the bad guys catch up with the couple. Who can they trust? I nice change from the typical woman in jeopardy suspense novels out there right now
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A newlywed couple on their honeymoon make a shocking discovery. What should they do? Plenty of twists and turns. Kept me up late at night wanting more until I finished. A great read and I will definitely be looking for more from this author.
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When you start a book with a woman explains the minutiae of burying a body in the woods, while burying the body in the woods, you setting the bar pretty high. Of course you sort of have to nowadays, these female authored female driven thrillers are entirely too prevalent in the market to not require something really attention grabbing to stand out.  So from the get go Steadman does well. Then we travel back in time, surprisingly only a few months, to witness how a happy young couple’s life goes from a dream to a nightmare. Ok, so fair warning, these two are the proverbially tedious well to do liberal millennial yuppies, made only slightly more tolerable (like most things but food can be) by being British. When the man gets fired from his job, he only (only, mind) has 80K in savings, which of course won’t go far with their 1.5 million North London place. The Bora Bora locals look soft, because they haven’t had the city life to toughen them up. Things like that. Specifically, Erin, our intrepid narrator, who is determined to be honest in her marriage, but can’t seem to see her way to it time and time again. Basically these two are tough to care about (secrets and attitudes and all too much money and great looks and irresistible sexual chemistry)  and the entire book hinges on what they do and how they do it and yet…it’s nearly impossible to put down. So I’m actually not sure whether to be frustrated with the author for creating such a frustrating character as Erin or to give kudos for writing such a compelling book about such a ludicrous woman. Oh but the plot…the plot has to do with the couple finding a veritable treasure that definitely doesn’t belong to them and then scheming around trying to hold on to it. Erin does so through extensive google searches and an extremely convenient connection to a real life gangster. That dude is awesome too, like one of those magical old men in the movies who know all the right things, every girl should have one.  So go Erin, go. Mistake after mistake and still manages. Well done. But really well done Catherine Steadman who was apparently in Downtown Abbey (though I can’t remember her without googling) and sure enough the ending of this book is just about as insanely rainbows and neatly tied ribbons happy as that show’s. For a debut this was pretty good, very engaging and notably compelling considering how much Erin needed…well, at least a strong talking to. It’s that present tense narrative, it really draws the reader in. But mainly it’s like a video game or a competition show where you watch a character making these impossible leaps from one precipice to the next somehow managing to stay upright and maintain a semblance of a balance. So a near disaster appeal, if there’s such a thing.  Makes for a very entertaining read, certainly. Thanks Netgalley.
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I couldn't finish this. The writing style simply did not work for me.
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