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Something in the Water

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A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debut--for readers of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Shari Lapena.

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 in
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Ballantine
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Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
5 THUNK THUNK THUNK Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!!!

A slow build to a shocking discovery, this book will have you wondering what you would do!!! See my review here!

What an incredible debut novel this is for Catherine Steadman! While the book starts with a bang, the next 30% is a slow build as you get to know the characters. Then at about 35% the story takes a turn and readers will find themselves holding on for the ride, unsure of where they’ll end up!!! I was unsure about this book at first, but I have to say I
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Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
5 Tension Filled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Well HOT damn this book was just... brilliant! Full disclosure I was running behind on my reviews so I purchased this on audio on release day and I was even a little hesitant because I saw the author was narrating.... not always a good thing, but I had no idea that Catherine Steadman is an actress.... and after finishing this book I now know she is also a fantastic author and audiobook narrator!!! Simply amazing! Seriously if I could I would give her narration six st
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Jennifer Masterson
The story was just “meh” for me. The audio was incredible. The author is an actress from Downton Abby. If you don’t read a lot of thrillers you might enjoy this. If you do read a lot of thrillers you might find it just ok.

I’m still in a rut. On to the next!
Kendall
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I had a really hard time rating this one.... do you ever have books where you get so frustrated with the characters that you just want to scream? Well.. this is definitely one where I was super frustrated and wanted to throw my kindle at times lol.

Erin and Mark are a newly married couple that don't have the best honest relationship. I noticed that Erin and Mark both have been keeping secrets from one another. Erin is trusting Mark a little more then she should despite all the red flags. But, Er
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Linda
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Step back from the flame, honey.

You're gonna get burned.

Mark and Erin are on a stellar honeymoon in Bora Bora. Sun, sea, and each other. She's a documentary film producer and he's a successful investment banker. No worries. Or so it seems until they find something floating in the water. The depth of that ocean pales in comparison to the depth of problems that are gonna follow this couple home like stink on the back of a wayward skunk.

How deep is deep enough?

Catherine Steadman creates quite the
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Holly  B
This one starts with a bang!

The opening chapter was one of the most intriguing I've read in a very long time. I was instantly curious and wanted to know what happened ( an event in the end of the story is revealed in the beginning chapter).  Let's just say I was  hooked!

I listened to this one on Audible and the narrator (who happens to be the author Catherine Steadman ) was perfection.  The timeline shifts back to tell the story of Erin and Mark, who are newlyweds, passionately in love and pl
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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
FIVE STARS

For domestic suspense fun, it doesn't get much better than this! SOMETHING IN THE WATER is Numero Uno on the NYT bestseller list this week, a Reese's bookclub selection and the movie rights have long been snatched up!

All that buzzy attention heaped on one lil ole debut novel can make some of us (okay.....me😂)a tad skeptical. No need to worry. You are in expert hands with Catherine Steadman. Maybe you live on a deserted island and haven't heard, but Steadman is a fabulous, gorgeous act
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
4 shocking stars to Something in the Water! 🏝 🏝 🏝 🏝

Erin films documentaries, and her new husband, Mark, is an investment banker. They fly to the honeymoon of a lifetime to Bora Bora. Everything is tropical and picture-perfect, until they find something in the water while scuba diving. Dun dun dun.

Erin and Mark have to decide if they will tell the truth or keep a secret. Either way, danger potentially awaits...

This book starts out with a bombshell when Erin and Mark find something in the water.
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Carol (Bookaria)
This is a thriller about a couple who find themselves in financial distress weeks before their wedding and the decisions they make afterwards will have life-changing consequences.

Erin is a documentary filmmaker and Mark is a banker who loses his job days before the big day. They live in a very nice home and decide to go through with their planned wedding as well as the honeymoon despite the fact that they could make wiser financial decisions under the circumstances.

Once in their dreamy Bora-Bor
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Malia
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Something in the Water was such a page turner! It started off a little slow, but then something happens and the pace picks up and never slows. I won't give away any plot details, because there are lots of twists and turns, but it was definitely an engaging story with multi-dimensional characters. I zipped through this book over the weekend and absolutely recommend it as a gripping, clever and entertaining summer read!
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Book of Secrets
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars → This anxiety-inducing book was A LOT of fun to read. It's gotten major buzz since it's a Reese's Book Club pick. There were 200 holds for it at my library, but I noticed ONE copy was available on the Limited Loan shelf at the branch across town. Of course, I’m there when they opened that morning to elbow my way to the top. I had to know what’s in the water!!

The opening chapter starts with a bang. You're left wondering, how in the heck did it come to that?? The set-up: A honeymooning
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Tammy
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a refreshing take on the psychological thriller trope. The beginning is more than just a little intriguing. How long does it actually take to bury a body? From there the build and character development slow down significantly until it picks up about midway. Ethics come into question, criminal behavior is more exhausting than one might imagine and you may not know another as well as you think you do. Satisfying but not necessarily harrowing.
Dem
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an intriguing and clever page turner, just the book to wile away the hours by the pool on my holiday

Something in the water by Catherine Steadman grabbed my attention while I was reading a goodread's friends review and I knew this was going to be on my holiday read list. This is the sort of book where the compulsion to continue reading never wanes.

The Novel opens with a woman digging a grave and her descriptions of same really feed the reader's imagination and you just want to find out the
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Laura
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age. However long you think it takes, double that.

And with an opening sentence like that, I was in. I cannot deny that the suspense build was good here and certainly had me glued to the pages in front of me. I was desperate to know what it is this passionately in love couple found in the water on their honeymoon in Bora Bora that would set them on this course of destruction. The issue is: the payoff of that
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Carol
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars with a roundup to 4.0 because I REALLY could NOT put it down!

"Digging a grave is very hard" as you will discover after reading the first chapter entitled, of course, The Grave.

It all begins with an actual grave being dug, then quickly reverts back in time to the start of a new relationship, marriage and big plans for the future. Then, even though a big disappointment for the newlyweds rears itself, the expensive first class South Pacific honeymoon goes on....and an eerie and intense

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Carrie
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman is a thriller that certainly had an opening that should grab readers right away, the main character digging a grave. After finding out that there would be a need for a grave readers jump back in time to find out just what led to that event.

Erin and Mark seem to be very much in love and excited to be planning their wedding and honeymoon. Erin is a budding filmmaker working on a documentary in which she’s interviewing criminals and Mark a successful inv
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Ova Incekaraoglu
Jul 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Full review here
This might seem harsh but I really don't understand how this book got published in the way it is.

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

STYLE AND WRITING

Steadman’s writing, is not steady. Well. There is A LOT in this book. A LOT. In the beginning I thought: hey, she must be going into these details for a reason. Then the more I read, the more I became sure: there is no reason for us reading a wedding reception 3 course menu, and prices, for pages, OR how our character interprets a pregnan
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Marialyce
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
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Melissa
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was reluctant to get this one when I saw that it was read by the author. Glad I changed my mind though!

Erin and her new husband Mark are having their honeymoon in Bora Bora. While on a boat diving a shipwreck they come across something in the water. Suddenly their lives spiral out of control.

Now, I don't want to give anything away about this book. I think part of the magic of it was the suspense, not knowing what they found and then each discovery after discovery that built up and up until the
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Jennifer Blankfein
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the whole book in two sittings! Psychological thrillers are supposed to grab you right away, pull you in, create situations where you make assumptions and then force you to second guess yourself…Author Catherine Steadman did just that in her fast moving debut novel Something in the Water. (FYI she is also an actress from Downton Abbey and she narrated the audio book!)

Mark is an investment banker and Erin is a filmmaker in the midst of making a documentary about people in prison. (The subj
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Umut Rados
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Carolyn
"Something in the Water" is a very engaging thriller and would make an excellent summer travel or beach read.

The book opens with Erin, the main character digging a grave in a forest, putting us on notice that it's not all going to be plain sailing. The book then goes back to tell us about Erin's marriage to Mark and their honeymoon on the tropical island of Bora Bora. Erin and Mark seem like the perfect couple, very much in love after a few years together and both with good careers - Mark in in
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Skyler Autumn
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3 Stars

Something in the Water had me hooked from page one! Literally page one opens with the line Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age. However long you think it takes, double that. It's like my God hold while I put my life on hold because it's just going you and me today book. Unfortunately after the first 30% of this novel I began to realize a strong opening chapter does not equal a great book.

Something in the Water revolves around sic
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Liz Barnsley
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this. It was so addictive and I loved how the main character, Erin, just seemed actually to have a death wish the entire time.

When she and her husband discover "something in the water" while they are on their honeymoon, lots of decisions lie ahead about what they should do about it. What follows is a twisty adventure that is a whole lot of fun and does actually beg the question "what would YOU do?" Well I asked myself this but certainly I don't think I'd have gone down exactly the path t
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megs_bookrack
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am so pleased with this! Catherine Steadman's, Something in the Water is a great story with a great narrator. I was quickly drawn into the story as it starts at a very peculiar place that gets you intrigued immediately. This story, in contrast to a lot I seem to be reading lately, is told from one POV. This was so refreshing for me; I really related to the Erin, our protagonist and felt really comfortable just sitting in her voice and hearing this story told.

Erin, is a documentary filmmaker w
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Jennifer
Something in the Water is Catherine Steadman's debut novel. It's a psychological thriller that incorporates elements related to marital relationships, documentary filmmaking, and crime. With a slow start, the main events start happening around the 30% mark, and I was captivated. I loved the incorporation of ocean diving, the underwater ambiance, and the random opportunity that starts to shape this thriller. Initially, the happenings did not seem to me to be far-fetched and this prompted self-ref ...more
Stephanie Anze
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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"I'm not a bad person. Or maybe I am. Maybe you should decide?"

Erin and Mark are a picture perfect couple. Erin is a documentary filmmaker, working on a promising project. Mark is an investment banker with big plans of his own. When the couple goes on a dream honeymoon in Bora Bora, they are hoping for a sunny and relaxing getway but they get much more than they bargained for. On a scuba diving trip Erin and Mark find something in the water. As they are in a secluded area, by themselves, they ha
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Debbie Oliphant
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The book description sucked me in and I couldn't wait to get to the "aha" moment. When it's revealed, the story takes a 180 turn and you are on an intense, white-knuckle, roller coaster ride. I found myself quietly "yelling" at the characters , "cmon, really?"

Erin and Matthew are on their honeymoon, and the author takes great care with the description and detail, as if you are seeing this in a reel in your head. Their trip is blindside
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 Li'l Owl
Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age. However long you think it takes, double that.
HOOK. LINE. SINKER.
A wickedly creative and absolutely terrifying debut! This Adrenaline ride definitely hits all the marks!
Something in the water, indeed!


ERIN
I’m not sure if I dozed off, but when I open my eyes the speedboat motor is changing tone and we’re slowing. I look up at Mark. We’re not back to Bora Bora yet. There’s nothing there, just ocean stretc
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Anne ✨
Wow! Standing ovation for Catherine Steadman's writing AND audio performance - absolutely bloody brilliant! Steadman's audio narration takes a great psychological thriller and makes it truly exceptional.

Before starting this, I was a little concerned when I saw a blurb comparing this to the likes of Paula Hawkins because I did not like Girl on the Train. But, I needn't have worried, I LOVED this ride. The less you know going in, the wilder the ride is gonna be so don't read too many reviews, jus
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Catherine Steadman is an actress and writer based in North London. She is known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Tutankhamun, starring alongside Sam Neill, as well as shows including Breathless, The Inbetweeners, The Tudors, and Fresh Meat.

In 2017 she will feature in political thriller Fearless and new BBC comedy Bucket. She also has appeared on stage in the West End including Oppenheimer for th
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“... She told me not to let it make me angry, not to let it break my heart, but to remember that we all lose the things we love the most and how we have to remember that we were lucky to have them at all in the first place.” 6 likes
“It's impossible to know if we were a good thing that broke somehow or a bad thing that eventually became exposed. But either way, if I could just go back now to the way we were, I would. I would, without a moment's hesitation. If I could just lie in his arms one last time, I could live with an illusion the rest of my life. If I could, I would.” 4 likes
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