Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman was another book that came in my set of water-themed hardcover psychological thrillers. If you read as much as I do, I highly recommend checking out book lots on eBay and Facebook Marketplace. You don’t always find what you are looking for, but you might just discover something wonderful. In my case, I discovered Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman!
Before I dive in (pun intended), let me give you a quick summary from Goodreads.
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman Synopsis
“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.”Goodreads
I am a quick reader and tend to go through books at lightning speed. If I like them. The more I read, the faster I get and I love it because there is so much out there to discover! That being said, this book was hard to read quickly. While it began like a regular quick-read thriller, with Erin digging a grave, things got complicated fast.
There was a lot to the characters, their backgrounds, and the setting. I had to really slow down, think hard and try to remember everything that was happening. This was unexpected for me because the books I normally read are simpler. I feel like the depth of the story was a little too much for a single book and something that I’d find more appropriate for a series. Or at least a different genre where the reader is expected to learn a lot about a new world.
While this made me take longer to read the book, it is not necessarily a criticism. I’m not going to complain to the author for creating wholesome realistic characters and forcing me to turn up my brain power to enjoy the story. So thank you Catherine Steadman!
What I Didn’t Like
One thing that I found a little weird was how the pace of the book suddenly changed. It started with a lot of background and setting everything up. It was almost too slow at the beginning and suddenly it was like someone pressed fast forward at max speed. The couple went form one location to another and I could barely catch my breath, in a not so good way.
What I did Like
I liked the protagonists and I felt like their relationship was portrayed in a very realistic way. Or maybe I Just really related to the wife that was so caught up with her own wishes and plans that she forgot to think about her husband’s needs sometimes. Whoops, guilty as charged. But hey, it happens to everyone.
It just seemed like all their interactions were realistic. There was nothing that felt fake about their love. They weren’t overly loving like some couples in books and their arguments were realistic as well. The other relationships in the book, especially between Erin and some of the other characters, were a little less realistic. I wasn’t really sure where some of them were even going until the end when everything got tied together.
I really liked this book and enjoyed the twists. There were a lot of guesses that I made and they all turned out to be wrong, which was refreshing. It was also one of those books where I would sit back and think, “what would I do in this situation?” Which doesn’t happen to me much when I read these books because the scenarios are usually completely crazy. Not that this one wasn’t, but it was written in a way that made it believable to me.
I’m excited to see that the author has a few other books including Mr. Nobody. I know that judging books by the cover is frowned upon but that’s all it took for me to order it. It looks like Catherine and I are both partial to the ocean.
Other people on Goodreads were harsher than I was, which is expected by now. Both Something in the Water and Mr. Nobody have 3.6 star ratings. It looks like a lot of people really loved them but there were a lot of meh reviews that brought the overall rating down. There were a few really low ratings that didn’t like how complex and detailed the book was. I can understand that but I didn’t feel like it’s a fair complant to make since it all does come together in the end.
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