Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman

Something In The Water

Come join us in our #BigReview of June’s Book of the Month – Something In The Water.

Something In The Water – The Blurb

“Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all, until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life.

But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out – after all, they have each other.

On the tropical island of Bora Bora Mark takes Erin scuba diving. Mark is with her – she knows he’ll keep her safe. Everything will be fine. Until they find something in the water.

Erin and Mark decide to keep their discovery a secret — after all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events… which will endanger everything they hold dear.”

Something In The Water – Our review

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Till death do us part

What an opener! Erin digging a grave, and wait, not just for anyone, but for Mark the man she has just married! How fab an opening credits scene would that make? What made it work even better was the contrasting following chapter where Erin and Mark celebrated their ‘anniversary’ in near perfectness. Life couldn’t get any better right? Yep, so how on earth did they get from near bliss to dead bodies?

Forsaking all others

Given that the book was called Something In The Water, and the blurb references a big find in the sea, I was surprised by how much went on beforehand. It was something like 100 pages until the paper/bag discovery. I thought the scene where they found the paper/bag was quite creepy. They are in the middle of nowhere, no land in sight, the sun is starting to set, sinister ocean, bag that could be a body – total film moment….Did you know Reese Witherspoon’s company Hello Sunshine has purchased the film rights?

During the preceding 100 pages we met a very varied and interesting set of characters. Terrorism, gangsters, assisted suicide and IVF were covered with just the supporting stories. Which was a lot. Each inmate contributed to the story, Holli created the police interest, Alexa became Erin’s housemate and Eddie just happened to have everything she needed, but it was very convenient.

For richer, for poorer

I loved reading about how the other half lived with the book becoming almost gossipy at times. Shopping in Chanel, posh menu tasting, champagne quaffing. Even the little things like the Fortnum and Mason tea and biscuits. These were clearly a couple not shopping at Asda! Yet they were worried how financially stable they were. Whereas I agree wealth is relative, it was slightly grating to read them worrying about money when they had a (stolen) million in the bank.

For better, for worse

As the book went on Erin became increasingly frustrating. Why wasn’t she content to stop at a million? Or the diamonds? I did think it was very horror story-esque when she turned the phone on (again). Then the USB stick. When the suspected break in occurred, I certainly envisioned her running outside and leaving the door open, or something equally silly. Granted her decision making did add to the tension, especially when she turned the phone on for the first time. Let’s face it, it would have made a very boring book if they had found the bag and then simply left it where it was. But why didn’t they just dump the phone and USB, and how ridiculously easy was it for them to transport diamonds in to the country?

To love and to cherish

I struggled with Mark. The reader was never really given much to go on with him and I just didn’t get his motivation for wanting to ghost Erin. Only two days after he returned from honeymoon he had her followed. Was it obvious to you that he never really loved her? It wasn’t to me. Erin did mention she only thought she saw the real Mark during their pre-wedding argument but really? He was happy to marry her when he had a job so why not when they both had the opportunity of being millionaires? Was it all about image? Did he imagine a Hollywood movie star in his bed instead of a novice documentary maker? Was he so shallow?

All wrapped up (in a Lois Vuitton clutch)

There were some interesting twists, a bit more depth than I was expecting (no scuba diving pun intended) and some very readable sections about wealth. But overall I’ve read too many books about women who really don’t know the man they married. Sure Erin had a bit more pluck but she wasn’t really likeable. I didn’t rejoice when she ended up with three million pounds and a whole host of useful new friends.

Are we really supposed to accept that the Russians didn’t want the money and the diamonds AS WELL? What were we supposed to make of Holli’s ending? Is a three foot grave really deep enough to keep two bodies hidden? Will nobody click when Erin starts to receive anonymous payments from a Swiss bank account? Let us know your thoughts.

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Something In The Water