Published by Ballantine Books on June 5, 2018
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Net Galley
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.
I am not really sure how to start this review. I was excited by this book, mainly because of who the author is. I had such high hopes for it and I was amped up as the audiobook is also narrated by the author. However, well, the book just did not work for me.
We had pages and pages of detail and information that we just didn’t need and unfortunately, I got bored. I even considered DNFing it, but I hate doing that so I stuck it out. I ended up reading instead of listening to the last 10% and that was interesting, but overall it left me with so many more questions.
I liked Erin, but she did start to annoy me in stages, as it felt like she was just constantly whining and questioning everything, even down to if she should leave her husband…they had just got married!
I am thankful for every book I get the chance to read, but I did find some of this painful to listen to/read. I struggled to connect to Erin, even if I did like her, a contradiction I know. I just couldn’t connect with this book and dare I say it I switched off in some bits as I was a bit bored. There were elements that didn’t make sense to me, and it might if I spoke to someone who has read the book but these characters knew a lot of things that I just couldn’t work how they would know them. It is hard because I don’t want to give it away.
I just felt it took too long to make a point sometimes I felt the storyline was intriguing enough. But as I mentioned just too many questions I have no answers for. I didn’t “get” the ending either, the basis of why the said person was doing what they were doing, just well seemed so out of character, from the little I knew about them. Plus, how Erin became integrated and reliant on another character, again this threw me and makes me wonder if I have missed the bigger picture.
I hate being a negative nelly in my reviews, and this is one of the few times that I have. However, I will read something by Steadman again, I haven’t completely written her off. I mean this was her debut and that’s not to say it was bad, because it wasn’t. It just didn’t work for me personally.
Until the next time xxx
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