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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Release Date: June 5, 2018
Actual Rating: 3 stars
FIRST THOUGHTS: I don’t know what I was expecting when I went into the story but it’s certainly not what unfolded before my eyes! This is a slow building thriller with twists and turns that leave readers wondering what the hell is going on!
First and foremost, this book deserves the praise that it gets. It’s got all the bones for a suspenseful thriller and honestly, the author pulls it off. So, why am I giving it three stars? Simply because the books TOPIC isn’t interesting to me as a reader. I’m all for following a trail of breadcrumbs into the abyss and being hit in the face with a major twist before I can comprehend what’s happening (exactly what happens here), but I don’t CARE for the crime aspect of the story. It just doesn’t fulfill me like domestic thrillers and murder mysteries do. I don’t want to spoil what this crime is for potential readers so if you haven’t read the book, I would look away at this point….
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The main focus of the story is on a couple who find a black duffel bag filled with money and diamonds while on their honeymoon in Bora Bora. What ensues after their discovery is paranoia (will the people who lost it find them?), lies , and ultimately, a big twist where questions that are strewn throughout the story come about. I wasn’t totally shocked by the twist (I had a hunch) but the slow build to it and the ultimate “ah ha” moment still made me gasp. I would consider that a major win!
… End of potential spoilers
So now that you know what the story entails (just not the bits and pieces that pull everything together) you can see why the topic isn’t something I like as a reader. I’m actually not much of a crime reader (unless it’s nonfiction, true crime) and this one swayed more in that direction than any other sub genre. So, for that, I rated it three stars.
Now when it comes to recommending it to others, would I? YES. Simple as that. Catherine Steadman is a good writer and immersing yourself into her story isn’t a hard feat. I was gripped from the beginning and read the book in one sitting because I wanted to see where she took the plot. Maybe I didn’t care for the overall tone or topic, but I did like how she brought the story together and presented it to her readers. So, for that, I certainly recommend it to those who enjoy crime thrillers that teeters on the line of drama.
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