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A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

 "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)

A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debut - for listeners of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Shari Lapena.

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.

©2018 Catherine Steadman (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“I absolutely loved Something in the Water, a stunning debut.... Superbly written, clever and gripping.” (B. A. Paris, New York Times best-selling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown)

“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, best-selling author of Final Girls)

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No hype, just an AMAZING listen

I have over 1,000 audiobooks. I don't give out five star reviews often, and the number of ALL fives (in all three categories) I can count on one hand. But this book was exceptional. I knew I loved it within the first few paragraphs, when the author said she couldn't bury a body the requisite 6 feet under because she was only 5' 6" and "would literally have dug herself into a hole." Ha, how true! And then we start to find out the plot, and it gets about a thousand times better.

The narration is stunning. Perfect. The prose is insightful and introspective without overshadowing the plot. Steadman's phrasing is elegant and cuts to the core of things, but never, ever at the expense of the story. The story is always immersive and entertaining.

I have seen another reviewer complain that the main character does not make perfect decisions and is therefore unrealistic. I have to disagree. I thought her actions were totally reasonable given the circumstances. It was the circumstances that were out of the ordinary, and frankly, that is what makes it interesting!

Furthermore, the expectation that an individual should always act perfectly, particularly in instances when the stakes are high, is itself unrealistic. People in high stress situations sometimes make mistakes. They act without thinking things through. They miscalculate. In short, they act like human beings rather than chess robots. I found the behavior of the main character to be totally realistic, intelligent, and true to the situation. Even more than that, not once did I want to kick her!

I'm not really into book clubs and I bought this without knowing it was Reese's pick, so believe me, this isn't about the hype. It's just a phenomenal, witty, suspenseful story that I didn't want to put down.

133 of 147 people found this review helpful

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Awful.

To be honest, I think Sara's review titled "No Thrill Here" best summarizes how I feel about this book. I couldn't handle the stupid decisions made by main character Erin, so cringeworthy and frustrating that I actually skipped chapters. This was a waste of 12 hours, and I considered returning this book halfway through, but stuck it out because I'm a curious person. I think this book would have been more interesting if the big reveal came sooner and the events that followed took up more of the storyline. Just a thought. *shrug*

42 of 51 people found this review helpful

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  • Out In The Wild Blue Yonder
  • 06-08-18

No Thrill Here

This book joins the unenviable style and genre of the books which for me include The Girl on The Train, The Woman in The Window and He Said/She Said just to name a few. All of these titles work to spike or stimulate the reader's fear of a life spiraling out of control, whether by poor choice in spouse and friends, trusting the untrustworthy, or living life fueled by impairment secondary to chronic alcohol or prescription drug abuse.

This title taps into main character Erin's lack of insight and preconceived belief systems that allow her to see people only as she wishes them to be, not as they actually are. Reality is lacking, insight is gone and all is replaced with a series of idiotic choices. It is as if Erin, attractive, smart and successful Erin, is transformed into a cow being led around by a ring in her nose. Erin is willingly led, choosing repeatedly to be led as apposed to the poor cow that has no choice in the matter.

I'm afraid that I knew the trajectory of this book once I hit chapter 11 or 12 and understood that the story was based on one stupid decision after another. These decisions, I'm afraid, have disastrous impact and outcomes on bystanders--both innocent and not. As I listened I kept having that scene from the 1987 movie Moonstruck where Cher slaps Nicolas Cage twice and shouts "snap out of it" at him. The whole book was filled with, or really based on, snap out of it moments. For me, much of the plot was ludicrous. That makes for almost 12 hours of ridiculous, preposterous, asinine and farcical (all synonyms for ludicrous) decisions and behaviors.

For a book to be engaging and terrifying (if scary is the goal) it needs to be solidly based in reality and plausibility. It needs to be reasonable or probable and grounded in what might actually happen in life. To me, the scary parts of a story come from slight deviations from what is considered normal. Nothing in this story felt reasonable or probable. Thus the thriller aspect was nullified. I won't offer examples here because I don't want to spoil the plot. Believe me when I say this whole story could be ruined in two or three simple sentences as the plot is that thin.

If you choose to go ahead and listen to this title be aware that suspension of disbelief is a required skill. Maybe this genre is written or really cranked out with the intent to be simple entertainment not requiring any thought or reasoning on the part of the reader. For me, this was a complete waste of time and left me resolved to avoid this style of book in the future. I'm afraid that the actual weeding out of this sort of one dimensional book will be the difficulty. Can't recommend unless you are a fan of the books mentioned in my opening paragraph. If you by chance loved those titles then I think you will love this book too.

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  • Ruth
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  • 06-12-18

Thought it must be self-published

First, I have to confess that I did not finish this book. I was so confused by the good reviews that I looked up the author to see how she could possibly have gotten this published. When I saw that she was already a successful actor, it all made sense.

This is so badly written and plotted...I don't even know where to start. I read "Behind Closed Doors" and, while I didn't think it was a great book by any means, I was pulled in by the story. This book is on a totally different level. Instead of plot, you will find a 10 minute description of a woman charging and turning on an iPhone. Nothing comes together, and no detail is of any value to the story. It reads like the random assemblage of facts Catherine Steadman found on the internet in an afternoon. Lists of names and sizes of sharks? Check. Bizarrely detailed descriptions of mundane activities? Check. Ludicrous and borderline offensive discussions of how much 2 million pounds means to a woman whose most valuable possession in this world is her 1.5 million pound house? Yup.

It shouldn't make me so angry when bad work gets published, but this takes it too far.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Plenty of surprises from a first-time novelist

Full of twists and turns, I enjoyed this book until the very end. While it was well done, It still contained the hallmarks you expect from a first-time novelist: it got a bit bogged down in details and the multiple interlacing plots got a little convoluted. Even with those problems, it was still a good read and the performance of the book was outstanding.

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It’s hard to root for the stupid.

It definitely difficult to be invested in a main character whose mantra is “god I’m so stupid and irrational and Wreckless... but F it I’ll keep being this way cause I’m a petulant child”. I stoped reading with 4 chapters to go because I realized:
1) I don’t care what happend to any of the characters.
2) the narrator’s breathy, sigh-filled style was getting on my nerves (it’d be like listening to a lifetime movie on the radio)

I think as an author you can create a complex character who doesn’t “fit the mold”, (which is probably what the author was trying to do) without leaving your readers dumbfounded and with no one to care about or like at all. Also neither of the main characters are developed enough for you to get why they are both so equally petulant, entitled, Wreckless and arrogant. Overall, terrible.

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Not what I had expected

I had to stop listening after 90 minutes. Could not listen any longer. Horrible narration.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Unbelievably good!

Writing a review is not something that I do often, even though I rely on other people's reviews to guide me to my listens. This book, especially for a first novel AND narrated by the author, was perfect. Do yourself a favor and get it!!

45 of 60 people found this review helpful

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Beautifully told story.

I enjoyed listening to this book read by the author.I love how the story was told, the writing was interesting to listen to. On the other hand, I didn't really understand the narrator's own motivations, so in that way the plot disappointed. She didn't seem like a good person so I didn't root for her. I also felt like too many mysteries were left unknown so I felt unsatisfied with the end. I also didn't get her husband's motivations. Since I really enjoyed the book I'm reluctant to complain too much.

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Good, but not great!

There was a lot of hype surrounding the book. I was excited about the Reese Witherspoon Book Club. That was the main reason I purchased the book. Overall the book was good. I did find some parts to be predictable. However, the book held my attention until the end.

The author did an amazing job with the narration! I would be interested in listening to other books she has narrated.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful