Something in the Water - Catherine Steadman

Something in the Water

By Catherine Steadman

  • Release Date: 2018-06-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 140 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debut—for readers of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Shari Lapena.

“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 (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)

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.

Praise for Something in the Water

“Arresting . . . deftly paced, elegantly chilly . . . [Catherine] Steadman brings . . . wit, timing and intelligence to this novel. . . . Something in the Water is a proper page-turner.”The New York Times

“With unreliable characters, wry voices, exquisite pacing, and a twisting plot, Steadman potently draws upon her acting chops. . . . A darkly glittering gem of a thriller from a new writer to watch.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Captivating . . . daring . . . The threats and increasingly bad decisions accelerate with Bourne-like velocity. . . . Steadman [is] a newcomer worth watching.”Publishers Weekly

“An unbearably tense debut with a knockout premise, Something in the Water had me hooked from the very first sentence. Thrilling and thought-provoking, it’s the perfect beach read. I devoured it!”—Riley Sager, bestselling author of Final Girls


  • Loved

    By Sumsum22
    It was a great read! Kept me intrigued and wanting more.
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    By monsterreader
    Excellent. I am an avid reader of mysteries and thrillers. This REALLY is a page turner. Read it in 2 days. Can’t wait for her next one. Well Done!
  • Good interesting read!

    By Verbose Boss
    It’s always iffy holding a writer’s first book in your hands, but this one is astonishingly good. I had to keep myself from jumping ahead in my mind to finish the storyline, and I couldn’t because she always tweaked it one-off from my imagination. I can see how it will make an excellent movie as it reads somewhat like a screenplay, and there’s nothing wrong with that, since she is an actress, too. I am looking forward to more books from Ms. Fox...

    By Brad mom
    Great read that kept me up late at night. Loved Erin. Loved the settings in the book. Bora Bora, England. A thriller and a love story that surprises at the ending. Keep writing!
  • Review

    By llarese13
    I loved it and will miss the characters.
  • Not the best

    By nhgfvb
    The main character is kind of dumb, so much so that she’s unlikable. I was so bored that I didn’t even care how it ended. The best part of the book was the first chapter and that’s it.
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  • Major Disappointment

    By stellamaree
    Plot was not credible. I will not list all the plot twists that were not plausible, so as to not ruin it for others, who might believe that anything they read is possible.
  • Scintillating!

    By mamameeyah
    I almost literally couldn’t put this book down. The characters were relatable and well-developed; the plot twists were often unexpected, even for this mystery lover; and Catherine Steadman’s writing is clear and evocative, painting the perfect backdrop for the reader as we get eagerly sucked into Erin and Mark’s life. Now to figure out how to re-enter my life without this book to keep by my side!
  • How well do we really know those closest to us?

    By Lisa Bateman
    I REALLY wanted to love this book from the moment I read the discription. And it did start off with a bang. Erin and Mark are just getting married and have been together a while, doing lots of things as a happy couple. They go to Bora Bora on their honeymoon. Erin is telling the story. It starts off with her digging a grave, telling how she wonders how deep it needs to be. She’s burying her husband. Next we are taken back to where it all began, before the wedding. This is great, I’m thinking. But it got so weighed down with her droning on and on. I found myself skipping through parts of it around 30% of the book. I think it was mainly because I wasn’t crazy about the characters. Erin was so annoying. Mark was ok but not as developed as I would’ve liked. That being said, if you have the patience to wade through all the details, the ending will knock your socks off. The beginning and ending are wonderful. So intense. It makes you wonder just how well you really know someone.