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Something in the Water (2018)

by Catherine Steadman

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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. . . . 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. . . .… (more)
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
It is immediately clear from the first chapter that this book is completely bonkers and knowing that right from the get-go makes most of this a delicious, fast paced crazy romp. Unfortunately, it gets even too crazy for a book you know & want to be crazy.

I think my best summary is that it feels like a slightly more edgy Lifetime movie but without a complete explanation of why everything that happens happens.

Does that make any sense? Probably not. But this wacky book doesn’t really make sense either.

All that said, if you are in the mood for a page turner that just needs to mindlessly entertain, this will do. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
This had too many "really?!?! that's a stupid idea" moments to get more stars but overall pretty good for the genre ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
Oh my goodness, what a page turner. I see why Reece picked this one for her book club. Recommending this one to my friends. I just wish there would have been more with the documentary, like it actually being made at the end. I also felt like it ended somewhat abruptly. Other than those minor complaints I really enjoyed this book. I was glad Mark died towards the end. ( )
  DKnight0918 | Dec 23, 2023 |
After Erin, a documentary filmmaker, and Mark, an investment banker, wed, they decide to spend their honeymoon on the picturesque island of Bora Bora. While scuba diving off the shore, Erin and Mark make a mysterious discovery; they stumble upon something in the water - something that was definitely left there intentionally. From that point on, their honeymoon shifts from an intimate, romantic vacation to a stress induced ordeal full of factors that could change their lives forever.

The first chapter of this book is REALLY good... I would even say that the first third of this book is great. Readers learn so much about Erin and Mark (and even the subjects of Erin's documentary) in such a short period of time; it's clear that Steadman's strengths lie in her character development. However, once we discover what the couple has found, the plot loses all momentum and drags a bit too much for my liking. While this novel still fits into the never ending psychological thriller trend, I would definitely consider it an overall better novel than the contemporary thrillers out there (i.e books by Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, AJ Finn, etc...). ( )
  cbwalsh | Sep 13, 2023 |
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If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.
—JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Le Diable et le Bon Dieu
I'm going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.

—SATRE, No Exit
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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. . . . 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. . . .

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