Sunday, December 27, 2020

Review: Something In The Water

Something In The WaterSomething In The Water by Catherine Steadman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book—It took me only 2 days to read it! I’m not sure why it took me so long to pick it up. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a long time. (Long enough that I don’t remember where I won it!). The synopsis is intriguing, and I know it hooked me when I requested the book (from wherever I got it!). But then when I got it, it didn’t sound so intriguing after all, and I put the book aside for a long time. Luckily, it was a good read and I sailed through it.

I enjoyed the writing—the author was descriptive without being wordy—and the story moved right along. We know from the first chapter that the wife, Erin, is burying the body of her husband, Mark, and doesn’t want to get caught, but how and why he died is a mystery. The synopsis is a little misleading when it talks about ‘something in the water’ found on their honeymoon, because it led me to believe this discovery happened early on in the story, when in truth I was almost halfway through the book before they were married. But that is a minor quibble, because the first half of the book was an interesting and important build-up to the discovery. The events after the discovery were suspenseful and kept me reading! There were some pretty bad characters in the book, but I found myself drawn even to some of them!

I think this would make a great book club discussion. The book is an easy read and the story keeps you engaged. More importantly for book clubs, the book lends itself to discussion! All of the main characters are flawed, and there is plenty of ‘woulda shoulda coulda’ to discuss—how would you react in the same circumstance; what could a character have done differently; how did the character’s actions lead to the result. Whether you are looking for engaging read for yourself, or a book with discussion potential for your bookclub, this one is a great choice! 

My rating: ✭✭✭✭

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