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Something in the Water

An intriguing debut psychological thriller involving an unreliable narrator, a morale dilemma, and a gorgeous island setting.



What if you found something very valuable that didn’t belong to you, would you keep it? Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark, a handsome investment banker with big plans. They embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora-Bora, where they enjoy the sun the sand, and each other. While scuba diving in the crystal clear blue sea they find something in the water...

Erin and Mark retrieve a waterproof black bag, secured with a strong lock, that is floating in the water. Suddenly the newlyweds must make a difficult moral choice. Do they turn the bag over to authorities or do they open the bag to see what’s inside. What would you do? Their decision will trigger a disastrous chain of events.

“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.”


Most intriguingly, SOMETHING IN THE WATER starts at the end. Erin is digging a grave and she doesn’t have much time. She googled the appropriate depth, because she wants to do it just right. She doesn’t want the body to be found. Erins’s efforts definitely grabbed my attention. Who is she burying in that grave? We have to know more...

Erin narrates the tale of how she came to be digging that grave. She tells us all about her handsome husband Mark and their courtship and the events leading up to the wedding and honeymoon in Bora, Bora. You see, just before the wedding Mark lost his high paying job in the midst of a financial crisis. She also tells us all about the documentary film project she is working on. She will be interviewing and documenting the release of three convicted inmates who have served their time. Their release dates are shortly after she returns from her honeymoon. All of it is very interesting, but why is Erin digging a grave?

The black bag may just be the answer to all their financial problems, but can they handle the guilt and fear they will have to forever live with? Erin and Mark soon find themselves going to greater and greater lengths to cover up their actions. And then they have to cover up their cover up. It’s all quickly becomes a series of silly and unfortunate self-induced events with unintended consequences. Not my favorite part of the story.

Author Catherine Steadman had a huge hook in Chapter One of her debut novel. Once you start reading SOMETHING IN THE WATER it’s difficult to put down. Curiosity gets you every time!

Steadman is an actress based in North London and is best known in the United States for her role as Mabel Lane Fox in Downton Abby. She grew up in New Forest, UK, and lives with a small dog and an average size man.

Thanks to LibraryThing for an copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“I’m not a bad person. Or maybe I am. Maybe you should decide.”

Publisher Ballantine Books

Published June 5, 2018

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