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Publisher's Summary

A Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine on Audible 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)
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
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Critic Reviews

"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)
“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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2 out of 5 stars
By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Give this a HARD PASS

I don't think I've ever audibly said "what the hell are you DOING?!" so many times while listening to a book. The main character's decisions are so infuriatingly stupid that it makes you want to just toss your ear buds (with only two hours of the book left I almost did that). It wasn't suspenseful, it was grating. I'd never recommend it. I give it a C- at best. Waste of time imo. Naration was fine, nothing terrible there but the story itself was

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 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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