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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 ou 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 just make me cringe and screaming stop Have The Book of the Honda S2000 you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave The book held my interest even though I was almost hoarse fromelling 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 our 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 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 just 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 ou ll just 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 Minibeasts Under a Stone you ll have to suspendour belief in sections of this novel There are definitely moments that are too coincidental or where the protagonist is just too lucky This didn t bother me but if ou 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 and turns I couldn t put it down and for me that is the mark of killer thriller Thank ou to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for review 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 just got married The Prince with the Silver Hand (Tale of the Eternal Champion, you re in financial straits looking at a drastic change inour uality of living standards but Haram Lokma you ve already got a nice honeymoon planned in Bora Bora so why not enjoy every minute ofour 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 s job as an investment banker ended abruptly and uite unexpectedly forcing Mark to face the dismal prospect of having to take any job 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 justifying 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 PEAKreached back at the peak 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 can maintain a lifestyle they had grown accustomed to It was an interesting 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 the judge 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 just to cash in on a trend Perhaps Steadman will try her hand at this often in between her acting roles of course 4 stars 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 ReeseUno on the NYT bestseller list this week a Reese 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 The Keys To The House, Tree, And Person you live on a deserted island and ha. Ifou could make one simple choice that would change Unjust Deserts your life forever wouldouErin 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. Ven 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 George V. Higgins your day job or not Ms Steadmanou 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 Black Brothers, Inc. you do situational structure Steadman writes in a slick sophisticated manner I m completely infatuated with her wit and styleIfou enjoyed The Girl on the Train The Woman in Cabin 10 or The Flight Attendant ou will love Something in the Water The audiobook is stellar Steadman acts as her own icy sexy narrator and ou 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 I had a really hard time rating this one do Daddy Daughter Incest 2 Series Bundle you ever have books whereou get so frustrated with the characters that ou just 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 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 s just 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 just 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 ou so much to Netgalley and Random House Ballantine for an advanced arc in exchange for my honest review Published to GR 52318Publication date 6518 5 Tension Filled Stars Well HOT damn this book was just 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 afinishing this book I now know she is also a 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 things 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 Storyvery fascinating side story 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 This Many Miles From Desire your reading preferences thankou to the publisher for my copy of this brilliant book 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 the 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 I mean not emotionally but literally with the blue crosses and a lot of fuck and shits ORI mean not emotionally but literally with the blue crosses and a lot of fuck and shits OR 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 cut it to half of it s size EASILY without losing anything in the pl. While scuba diving in the crystal blue sea they find something in the water Could the life of our 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 ou ever wonde.
Catherine Steadman » 7 CharactersOt at all Steadman literally talks about everything in this book The character boards onto a plane and we have a lecture about first classes The character dives into sea and we have a lecture and description about different types of sharks There is a lot Just asking WHY WHAT THE HELL Do people really enjoy reading these hence so many 5 starsTHE PLOTI won t lie The first 30% wasn t that bad Then it just started tumbling down to the cliff into the waterThe plot is absurd view spoilerOur protagonist Erin is engaged with an investment banker Mark who mysteriously gets fired from his high paying job days before their wedding They go to honeymoon They find SOMETHING in the water Then hell breaks lose It s alright Erin is an idiot I understand Mark is as flat as an A4 paper but he does the job Then there is a whole storyline of 3 prisoners Holli Eddie and Alexa Erin meets and interviews them to make a documentary and it looks like they re just thrown in to spice it up Oh wait one of the prisoners Eddie the dangerous criminal becomes Erin s fairy gangsta mother so that must be why they re in Every time Erin has a criminal problem she rings Eddie Uh oh I think HMP Pentonville must be operating as a call center I can t see how else Eddie can take so many calls from Erin So here is a tip if Sermons Not Spoken you have a body to dispose some illegal diamonds to sellou ever need a gun or encrypt some illegal documents I don t know just ring HMP Pentonville and I am sure they can put in contact with the right sort of criminalThere are so many silly things about the plot that makes our eyes roll like Mark and Erin smuggling loads of diamonds and millions of dollars to the UK without any problems in their luggage which I honestly think British Border Force should take as a wake up call if this is the case with first class passengers never being searched or Erin trying to sell the diamonds almost in the open market next to vegetables and the criminals still can t spot them silly criminalsDid I mention Holli suddenly running wild to Isis what the heck was this for we ll never know hide spoiler 5 THUNK THUNK THUNK Stars A slow build to a shocking discovery this book will have ou wondering what Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Springs, you would do See my review hereWhat an incr The story was just meh for me The audio was incredible The author is an actress from Downton Abby Ifou don t read a lot of thrillers The Little House in the Woods and Other Stories you might enjoy this Ifou do read a lot of thrillers The Modern Art Invasion you might find it just okI m still in a rut On to the next Haveou ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave Wonder no longer It takes an age However long The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant, 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 riddingourself 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 to explain herself From Erin sme though if I didn t give Erin the chance to explain herself From Erin s 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 job 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 just floating along minding their own business tucked securely away in a locked black bag I think we d all be kidding ourselves if we said we d just leave
It Alone What Salone What s 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 ou 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 thepolished there s a rawness a flitting from one thought to another constantly Well that s the justification 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 continued to turn in circles spewing bits of useless information while trying to get back on track Again that s just 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 ou otherwise If that was the case the ending of this book would have been something else entirely Thank ou 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. .