Something in the Water: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine on Audible Pick
"A psychological thriller that captivated me from page one. What unfolds makes for a wild, page-turning ride! It's the perfect beach read!" (Reese Witherspoon)
A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debut - for listeners 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 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.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 41 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 05, 2018|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #459 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#8 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#18 in Horror Fiction
#26 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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Reese, honey, you steered us wrong on this one.
Husband Marc, but she genuinely tries to ascertain the best avenue in which to solve their problems.
Well scuba diving a couple find something which sets the thrills forward.
I especially enjoyed her repartee with Eddie one of the documentary prisoners she interviewed.
This book bags the question how well do you know someone you love. A great beach read and all around read.
I love when authors draw inspiration from real life. What I do not love is blatant copying and lazy writing.
I commented on the video about the situation, and the husband responded and had no idea this book even existed. So she clearly didn't reach out to the couple before stealing their memories verbatim.
I can't bring myself to read any further. It's a boring book with unoriginal ideas.
If you dont believe me, read about a quarter of the way in. When they are stuck in their bungalow. Then search on YouTube for "stormy day in Bora Bora".
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The problem I have with this book is typified at around page 30, as I’m treated to a full page of just how gorgeous the boyfriend of the lead character Erin is. The book essentially spends its first 100 pages outlining how glamorous Erin’s life is, with constant references to things like BA first class, Cafe Royal and Annabelle’s nightclub. After a while you start to wonder if Erin is some sort of preferred alter ego of the author.
When we eventually get to the something in the water you naturally expect a change of mood but still,amongst the drama, there is room for the book to spend 2 whole pages describing Erin buying Chanel clothes to help with the plan. Its at this point I stopped rooting for either Erin or Mark as their motivation is simply based on greed and therefore I could not have cared less what happened to them.
This book is described as a thriller for our times which does not say much if it means greed and selfishness are the new standards.
I am sure this book will become a film and I just wonder who they will get to play the lead ?
No, I can’t say I have ever wondered but this opening question in the debut novel by actress (now also author) Catherine Steadman had me hook, line and sinker. It being a book I wouldn’t normally read, I was to say the least intrigued when I saw it was a summer pick by Reese Witherspoon’s book club. It was downloaded onto my Kindle within the next however long it takes to press ‘BUY ME NOW!!” And, I’ll be damned, I throughly enjoyed the twisty path I was lead down within each chapter.
The story of Something in the Water is told by the main character Erin; a documentary film maker, relatable, occasionally dim woman. We are taken through a wild ride through every chapter of this book from digging a grave and unpredictable criminal activity to a luscious honeymoon in Bora Bora.
This fast paced chilly thriller begins with Erin digging a grave, a 3ft x 2ft x 6ft hole to be precise. Which according to Erin is the same weight as of a hatchback car, or even more impressively, an average hippopotamus. Through this exert, Steadman astonished me with her description and in parts I felt like I was either with Erin or I WAS her. The details, the staccato sentences, I was there, I was living what Erin was doing, I could see it in my mind. The next question arrives within the first couple of pages, who is the grave for? Well that guys, you’ll have to find out for yourselves…
Erin narrates the past few months to the audience, taking us on a twisty adventure of secrets, lies, passion and crime, answering but also leaving us asking questions. As an audience, we find ourselves second guessing, maybe re-reading and occasionally in some parts relating with Erin as she grows into her character. The second chapter takes you back to where it began, the anniversary of her and her fiancé, Mark’s anniversary in Norfolk.
A documentary film maker, Erin is currently working on project explaining prisoners lives during and after their sentence. This secondary storyline ties really well into the main plot, introducing us to Alexa, a 42 year old woman imprisoned for assisting in her mother’s suicide; Holli, a young woman in prison for arson (you’ve gotta keep an eye on this one!) And Eddie, the smooth talking mob king pinned down for money laundering.
Whilst Erin is working hard with her documentary, Mark, a banker, has lost his job due to a Brexit related financial crash and it’s left him in a sticky situation with no job prospects, a three week long honeymoon to the exotic island of Bora Bora (Can you fit me in your suitcase please?) and the fast arrival of a wedding… you can kind of understand why Mark is a bit short tempered and irritable.
The wedding has been and gone and they both arrive safe and sound in Bora Bora. It’s all going so well until the trip out on the boat. Thunk thunk thunk thunk… something is in the water… Putting not only Erin and Mark’s moral compasses to the test, but also their marriage. They are thrown into a world filled with $60 million jets, deleting CCTV, mysterious text messages and a duffel bag that keeps reappearing…
Meanwhile, whilst all this is happening, Holli is released from prison and soon falls into the night with her boyfriend, who according to DCI Andy Foster, is associated with Islamic extremists in Syria. Leaving not only a missing person for her documentary but DCI Foster asking questions, which no doubt Erin isn’t exactly jumping for joy over.
Not only could I not put the book down due to the fast paced nature and excellent storyline, I also learnt how to open up a Swiss bank account, how to destroy CCTV and that sometimes life throws you curveballs and you’ve just gotta deal with it. I was left shouting, wincing but also smiling as I followed the life of Erin through the pages of the book.
Although I’m left with a few questions at the end, Steadman threw twists and turns at me that I never saw coming. Through each chapter I was left asking myself if I would do the same thing, would I follow the path that Erin and Mark took for themselves?
This book is definitely one that won’t sit on your bookshelf for very long untouched and once you’ve read one page, you’ll find you can’t put it down. A fantastic debut by Steadman, maybe a book I wouldn’t have normally chosen for myself, however I found it a refreshing read and one that I would recommend to anybody!