Book Review: Something in the water

Plot:

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.

Review:

I first discovered this novel when looking up Reece’s bookclub books. Otherwise, this would not be my usual cup of tea.

I never really got into thrillers when I have attempted reading them. So, I guess there is a first for everything. I enjoy when novels are from the main character’s point of view. This novel has been thoroughly researched which you can clearly tell when you are reading it, from learning how to use guns, investment banking, the art world, the list goes on.

It took me a little while to get into this novel, which I think was due to me not having read much of thrillers.

A little background into the newly weds; Erin and Mark: Erin writes documentaries for a living, whilst Mark is an investment banker for the first few chapters of the novel. The author makes it very clear that he is handsome and loved by everyone. Newly weds going on their honeymoon, so much in-love – or so it seems from Erin’s point of view. Erin goes on about having a family. Later, whilst scuba-diving in Bora Bora, they discover something in the water that has the potential to change their lives forever. It becomes clear fairly quickly that they have gotten themselves into a boat-load of trouble.

One decision after another, they seem to have it all planned out. The problem is that sometimes Erin’s curiosity gets the best of her (more like her naviety as you soon learn) and it was times like this where I just want to scream at her. I couldn’t take it! There were parts in the novel where I just couldn’t stand her character and wanted to shake the idiot. It’s these events, however, that move the plot along and make it interesting. Not only that, Mark can be a jerk when he wants to be and I had a hard time figuring him out in the beginning. This novel had me questioning and suspecting everyone for something at some point. I had many theories.

After the first big introduction, the novel starts out slow and boring and gradually just keeps getting better. It takes me age when I first read a novel that’s what I hate about beginnings like that, although you’re left to wonder about Erin’s character throughout because of it. I don’t like when it shows you the future then it goes back. I’ve noticed that in last year’s Reece’s bookclub choices. Although by the end, the ending was fairly predictable and I could see where it was going, need something new.

The author spent a lot of time rambling Erin’s idiotic thoughts at times, of course when you use a gun without a safety option it won’t be safe – I don’t need remindings of this for another 20 pages. However there are some quotes I did enjoy and found interesting:

“I feel like people place too much emphasis on where we come from and not enough in where we’re going to”

You don’t sign up for certain things without knowing the rules, Erin. And if you’ve signed up for the game, then you can’t complain when you lose. You got to lose with dignity is all; a good sportsman always lets people lose with dignity

Personally, I found that the last one to be a dig at Erin, even if the theory isn’t correct on that one, it still applied to her. Especially when reflecting upon this novel.

There were too many details at times as it was not relevant, especially towards extra characters. With that said, I did still enjoy the book and there were a few times where I was on edge. I was very anxious a few times in the story. If you like thrillers, I would recommend you give this one a try!

4/5 Stars

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