About The Book
“Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age. However long you think it takes, double it…”
Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; Mark is 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.
This book starts with 4 chilling sentences that take us straight into the action. Erin is a digging a grave, but for who? And why? What are the events that have led to this moment? I can’t tell you, obviously, but what I can tell you is that this is a real page turner of a thriller which had me on the edge of my seat. It is a powerful and strong opening to a very accomplished debut.
Erin and Mark are the couple who have it all. She is a documentary film maker who is interviewing three prisoners who are about to be released from jail. He is an investment banker who managed to hold on to his job throughout the recession and they live a comfortable and glamorous life in London. They’re about to get married when Mark is made redundant and suddenly their lifestyle hangs in the balance. They decide to continue with their honeymoon to Bora Bora and amongst all the sex and romantic meals they go scuba diving and find something in the water. Something huge. They should report it and walk away but they don’t, which may be a huge mistake.
I really enjoyed this book which is a wholly entertaining read. After the adrenaline ride that is the first chapter the pace slows somewhat and becomes a delicious slow burn. We learn about Erin’s documentary, the inmates she is interviewing, how she and Mark met, their life together, the build up to the wedding and the whole time the body at the beginning of the book is in the back of your mind. Just as the tension gets unbearable Catherine Steadman moves up a gear and suddenly we are thrown into the action.
Catherine Steadman does a great job of writing Erin and Mark. Their relationship feels authentic, something which isn’t always easy to pull off. They are both in over their heads and their different approaches to how they deal with it are mirrored in the way they approach life in general. Mark is structured and ordered whilst Erin is more creative. These opposites attract but when they are under pressure they threaten to cause a schism at the time when they need to be working as a team.
It is a heart thumping, white knuckle ride. I felt almost fearful at times knowing that something bad could be just round the corner and the ominous threat just hangs over the pages. It’s a great example of putting ordinary people into an extraordinary situation and seeing what happens and really made me question what I would do. I would hope that I wouldn’t be as frustrating as Erin who makes crazy decisions putting both herself and Mark in danger. I love reading non-stereotypical characters and trying to get into their psyche and Erin’s actions at times are crazy but, ultimately understandable.
It is difficult to discuss the plot too closely as it’ll ruin it, but it is brilliant. I loved this book, loved the pacing and structure and am impressed that it is a debut. It is a perfect holiday read; pure escapism and thrill seeking. What more could you want?
About The Author
Catherine Steadman is an actress and writer based in North London. She has appeared in leading roles on British television as well as on stage in the West End, most recently in Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution in 2018. In 2016 she wa nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Oppenheimer. She is best known for her role as Mabel Lane Fox in Downton Abbey. She grew up in the New Forest and lives with a small dog and average sized man. Something in the Water is her first novel and her second is due for release in early 2020.
Where You Can Buy It
My thanks to Simon and Schuster and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and an invitation to join the Blog Tour.