Catherine Steadman: Something In The Water
Published By: Simon & Schuster UK (26 July 2018)
Buy It: here
What The Blurb Says:
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.
What I Say:
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster UK for an advance e-copy of Something In The Water, in advance for an honest review.
There has been so much buzz about this novel already, and at the time of reading and writing my blog, Reese Witherspoon has selected Something In The Water as her June Book Club Selection, so with credentials like that, you know that this is going to be something special!
The other issue, is that the opening chapter sets the scene for the whole novel, and without giving away any massive plot spoilers, suffice it to say, it’s one of the best first chapters I have ever read. That unsettling start, sets the tone for the entire novel – nothing is as it seems, and everyone is out for something.
To make sure we understand how we have got to that point, we move back to the very start of the story – when Erin and Mark met and fell in love.
Erin Locke and Mark Roberts seem like the couple who have it all – she is a film maker about to make a career changing documentary, and he is an investment banker who is on a career high. Life for the two of them is perfect – until Mark loses his job, and the reality of him not being able to find a new one suddenly starts to hit home.
They are supposed to be getting married, but both realise that the expense of a wedding, coupled with an expensive mortgage and no immediate job offer for Mark, their once Instagram Perfect life looks like it could be snatched away from them.
Erin is making a documentary about the lives of three prison inmates – Holli – a young woman who committed arson during the London Riots, Alexa – who assisted in her terminally ill mother’s suicide and Eddie – who has mob connections and a sentence for money laundering. It also seems that Eddie appears to have numerous connections to the criminal underworld and has an intense interest in what Erin is doing – in her personal life as well as in her career..
In an attempt to try and reconnect and decide how they can move forward with Mark out of work, they decide to go on their honeymoon to Bora Bora. After a horrendous storm, Mark and Erin go scuba diving. On the way back, something hits the side of the boat, and they decide to bring the seemingly innocuous duffel bag on board.
After an agonising should they, shouldn’t they debate, Erin and Mark open the bag, and realise that the four packs of contents inside, have the power to change their lives forever.
From that moment on, Something In The Water shifts up another gear as Erin and Mark’s life changes irrevocably. The seemingly stable and perhaps smug world they have inhabited is shattered, and the question that dominates the novel is – when your life is on the line, who can you really trust?
Mark and Erin are forced to make a number of decisions – some measured, many rash, and are becoming increasingly out of their depth, in a world of silent voicemail messages and evil people. They start to question not only what they have got into, but also the strength they have within themselves to ensure that they can survive.
Of course, I could tell you what was in the duffel bag, and what happens to Erin and Mark, but as any good book blogger knows, that is not how I operate! So, all I can say, is you need to get a copy of this book – because I guarantee that everyone will be talking about it this Summer.
Something In The Water is a sumptuous read, packed with numerous cinematic scenes and a plot that will make your head spin. It is brilliantly written, the characters are flawed but relatable, and it is truly ambitious in its scope and premise. Catherine Steadman has achieved that rare thing in a novel, where you care deeply what happens to Erin, but also understand at how in times of crisis, people will do whatever it takes to protect what really matters to them – whatever the cost…
I loved it.