Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman – A Book Review

2 min read Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman is a mystery that is sure to captivate readers. It is a fast read and modern masterpiece.

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By McKenzie Lewis | mlewis99@radford.edu

Something in the Water: A Novel by Catherine Steadman is a mystery that is sure to excite and captivate readers.

As a selection in the Reese Witherspoon Book Club, it has the stamp of approval from Reese and me. This crushing yet exciting book does not disappoint.

Plot Summary

The book follows London native newlyweds Erin and Mark Roberts on their honeymoon. Erin is a documentary filmmaker, and Mark is an investment banker.

On their honeymoon to Bora Bora, they encounter something in the water that startles them. In a search to discover what this something is, they make questionable decisions that have the potential to compromise their safety.

This crushing yet exciting book does not disappoint.

Erin and Mark become involved in a chase they cannot handle as it proves to be fatal.

Readability

This book starts on an exciting scene with Erin, the main character, digging a grave for an unknown corpse.

The storyline develops slowly, but on purpose. As this slow pace increased my interest, I began to read faster. I finished this 339-page book in about two days as I could not put it down. Every developmental point was either shocking, devastating, or both – twists galore.

The slowness of the storyline was in no way a bad addition. It kept me in anticipation the whole time.

Even though the developmental passages that added weight to the story were far apart, the action was not. I cannot express how thrilling this book was. Steadman filled the book with action, even on side adventures Erin and Mark took. She wrote them in a way that kept me on edge.

Every developmental point was either shocking, devastating, or both – twists galore.

The side stories, while they didn’t contain any information pertinent to the storyline, they were still intentionally thrilling. These parts made me believe that some big twist would happen, but it was often just a filler story to keep the readers guessing and interested. Still, it only added to the mystery of this book.

These side stories made for a riveting read as I wanted to get to the new developments as quickly as possible but still relish in the excitement of them.

I can honestly say I have no negative opinions of this book. The slow pace of the story development, coupled with the thrills on every page, created a perfect storm of mystery and intrigue that kept me up all night reading.

McKenzie Lewis
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The Verdict
  • 10/10
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10/10

Gold in the Water

Something in the Water: A Novel was gripping on every page—the fast pace intensity made for a quick read and an inability to put down. The character development was incredible. The twists around every corner were unexpected and devastating. Steadman executed the mystery genre perfectly in this novel, making it truly unforgettable.