2018 Reviews · Book Broadcast · Book club · contemporary fiction · crime · suspense · thriller

Book Broadcast: Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

The perfect couple commit the perfect crime in this New York Times  bestselling something inthe water smallthriller, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick!
Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all, until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life.
But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out – after all, they have each other.
On the tropical island of Bora Bora Mark takes Erin scuba diving. Mark is with her – she knows he’ll keep her safe. Everything will be fine. Until they find something in the water.

Erin and Mark decide to keep their discovery a secret — after all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events…  which will endanger everything they hold dear.

‘Darkly glittering gem of a thriller’. I’m going to steal this description as I feel it perfectly encapsulates Something in the Water, the murky debut novel by Catherine Steadman. A few factors, like many readers and reviewers before me have indicated propelled me towards Something in the Water. For me, it was a combination of factors that influenced me to purchase this book and select it for my book club. Firstly, Something in the Water has received plenty of media attention through the  endorsement of Reese Witherspoon’s book club. Secondly, it is penned by a first time writer who was an actress on one of my favourite television series, Downton Abbey. Finally, it features of the most explosive opening scenes I have read this year! It is probably best that I do not impart much by way of the plot, as this would ruin your reading experience. Suffice to say, Something in the Water is about a loving couple, that while holidaying in Bora Bora, discover something quite life changing in the water. The decision the couple make that day has far reaching implications for the rest of their lives. This decision provides plenty of moral ground for the reader to ponder on, as Mark and Erin discover the fallout from the choices they make on this ill fated holiday. The pathway this couple takes offers up plenty of book club related discussion, therefore, I do think this is exactly the right fit for book clubs. With the added angle of Erin’s work as a documentary maker and ties to a prison, further intrigue is added to this twisty tale. While the first half of the novel was stronger than the second half and I did have a couple of unanswered questions related to the plot, I did find great entertainment value in this piece of psychological based crime fiction. Debut writer Catherine Steadman has a promising career as a novelist to look forward to based on her first offering.

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman was published on June 2018 by Simon & Schuster Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

Learn more about the author of Something in the Water, Catherine Steadman here.


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