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Book Review: Something in the water by Catherine Steadman

This has been on my radar for a while since seeing it as one of Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club picks – they are nearly always perfect for me! This is the perfect beach read.

Something in the water by Catherine Steadman

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Fiction

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: This book literally had me gripped from the first sentence (see quote!). I found Catherine’s writing style fantastic as she told the story through Erin, who was both wry and amusing! It’s a great story of how one, unforeseen moment can determine so much in your life. The story also makes you really think too – how far will you go for the life you want and how much do you really know someone? I don’t want to say too much out of fear of spoiling it, but to summarise in 3 words: Addictive, Intense and Spine Tingling! 

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.


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?


+ Humorous writing style, fun summer read

+ Build up of tension

+ Page turner


– Over the top/ unbelievable in parts?

– Don’t think I really loved the main characters

– More character development required for some of the characters/or some scrapped altogether?

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