There are many good books, but few that have a near-perfect first chapter. But this one does. The author absolutely nails the opening, which btw begins with a woman googling the correct way to dig a grave, the proper height, width & depth etc.
And you tell me – how can any self respecting mystery / thriller fan not be immediately intrigued by that? But as they say, that is – both literally & metaphorically speaking – just the beginning – of this wild & wonderful ride that the author takes the readers on.
Something in the Water – Blurb
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.
Looking for psychological thrillers? Check out The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Something in the Water – Book Review
Like you might have figured out from the blurb – this story revolves around a seemingly perfect couple on their dream honeymoon in the turquoise waters of Bora Bora, Tahiti who find.. something in the water.
And it’s from that point on, from the point the readers “hear” the THUNK THUNK THUNK of something in the water colliding with the boat the honeymooners are on – that this book becomes un-putdownable.
Though just to be clear, this is not to say that the story doesn’t drag in places, or go around in circles at times. Or even that I am 100% sold on every aspect of the resolution. But still.. there is no denying the fact that this book did complete justice to the term ‘thriller’, and was one heck of a fast paced, exciting ride!
While also being the kind of story that makes you think and ponder on what would you have done? In a similar situation, would you have made the choices the protagonist made?
It sure made me think. And I came to the conclusion that I personally wouldn’t have picked up that something, or rather anything from the water in the first place. I’m just too much of a scaredy cat for that!
But hypothetically speaking, even if I had picked up that thing from the water, I don’t think I would have navigated the situation as the protagonist chose to – AT ALL.
And yet.. I could totally understand her, could see why she made the choices she made, and could even empathize with this crazy woman, her hair-brained choices, and sincerely wished for everything to turn out okay for her. Even wished her success with the darn grave digging she was doing!
Which, let’s face it, definitely speaks volumes about the persuasive quality of narration. But that’s not all. Like I mentioned above – this book / story has a lot going for it – from the intriguing premise to the un-putdownable-ness of the book, thanks to the thrilling ride it takes the readers on – this is an experience not to missed – especially for fans of this genre.
Oh and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the audio-book, which as it happens is read by the author. This is especially interesting because this is rare in fiction. And sometimes also off-putting to readers / listeners, as authors are not usually great fiction narrators.
But this one was FANTASTIC! Catherine Steadman is an amazingly skilled narrator. In addition to being a great writer / story-teller. And an actor. Honestly, some folks seem to have it all!
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That’s all from my end folks. I would love to hear from you guys. Have you read this book? How did you find it? Also curious to know if you would have picked something / anything that you found in the water? Is it a hard no, or a hell yeah? Or the more diplomatic, ‘depends’? 😄
Also, did you read any good mystery / thrillers recently. Which ones are your favorites from this genre? Any that you recommend I pick up next? Do share!
*This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info
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