Review: Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

sitw.jpgSomething in the Water

Author: Catherine Steadman
Publisher: Ballantine (June 5, 2018)
Hardcover, 342 pages
Mystery/Thriller
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Summary
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.

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Rating: 5 stars

Review
If you know me, you know this thriller/mystery is outside my usual genre (read: romance). However, i was captivated by this book and couldn’t put it down. This is a great beach read, especially since it heavily features an island vacation to Bora Bora and lots of ocean shenanigans. (OK, yes, you caught me, I was hoping this would be about killer mermaids and it’s not, but it was still really good.)

The book starts with the main character Erin digging a grave and burying her husband, so you already know “how it ends.” The book then rewinds several month and the reader is kept guessing as to which dangerous path will lead to the scene at the opening of the book. There are so many intriguing elements of this book, and I love Erin’s documentary subjects so much! I keep wanting to say certain things and then I go “nope, that’s a spoiler,” so I guess this is why I don’t like to review mysteries – it’s so hard to say anything of substance without revealing things! In summary, this is a fun psychological thriller (…that seems like a weird thing to say…) and I recommend it even if mysteries and thrillers aren’t normally your thing. It’s fast-paced and action packed without being GORY or even truly SCARY, but still kept me on the edge of my seat!

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