Book Review – Something in the water by Catherine Steadman

Book Review – Something in the water by Catherine SteadmanSomething in the Water by Catherine Steadman
Published by Random House Publishing Group on June 5, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Psychological, Women
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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five-stars

Fan – tas – tic.!!!

On my list of favourites and I have already been blabbing about it and recommending it to others. So they might find this post boring.

I want to start off by saying, what a talented woman. Not only a great actress, but clearly an amazing author also. This is Catherine’s debut novel and I had heard about it a long time before reading. I actually wish I hadn’t waited so long to read it. Catherine captured my attention straight away and I wasn’t disappointed by the events that followed.

Something in the water is part of Reese Witherspoon’s book club ( I thought it was just Oprah who had one of those?) Word on the grapevine is that Something in the Water is going to be made into a film, produced by Reece and I am front and centre at that movie. You know how excited I get about books being adapted to the screen. I’m not going to lie, I did imagine Reece as the protagonist, Erin, whilst reading. This book would make an amazing movie.

The book was also nominated in the Goodread’s Choice Awards in the best mystery and thriller category. I would have definitely voted for this one had I read it before voting ended.

There may have been a brief moment in time at the start of the book where I was impatient and I wanted things to move along a little faster, but that was just me being greedy, because I was spoiled when the action began. It just didn’t stop and any feelings I had about a slow pace were quickly forgotten.

There were also possibly some eye – rolling, sickening, romantic sections, whereby I had to strategically swallow my puke whilst reading on the train. Again, all is forgiven here, because the plot is by no means just a mushy, love fest. It is thrillaaaahhhhh personified.

The Best Bits

  • The story is from Erin’s perspective – I loved hearing just from Erin, I admired her as quite a strong woman and an enjoyable character to follow
  • Heart racing plot – what a page turner after the discovery in the water! It really does change things for the couple and the pace of the book
  • There were step by step instructions on how to use a Glock 22 – for those innocent types, this is a gun. I was smiling ear to ear when reading this…hey, no judgement, a girl has to know these things
  • The juxtaposition of Erin’s world making a documentary about criminals and her own world about to drastically change and mirror that of her subjects – thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the book, some great characters introduced here too

In summary:

You need to read this one. You.just. do. If you don’t, you will be watching the movie, loving it and then I’ll be screaming “I told you so” from the rooftops. Which is something I quite enjoy doing by the way….

I’m prepared to cop it if you don’t like it too. I will stick my neck comfortably on the line with this one. It’s my fave of 2019 so far (and once again, I’m late to the party on this one – don’t be like me…)

Synopsis

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.

five-stars

About Catherine Steadman

Catherine Steadman is an actress and writer based in North London. She is known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Tutankhamun, starring alongside Sam Neill, as well as shows including Breathless, The Inbetweeners, The Tudors, and Fresh Meat.

In 2017 Catherine will feature in political thriller Fearless and new BBC comedy Bucket. She also has appeared on stage in the West End including Oppenheimer for the RSC, for which she was nominated for a 2016 Laurence Olivier Award.

Book Review – Hidden Bodies – Caroline Kepnes

by Caroline Kepnes
Published by Simon and Schuster Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Format: eBook
five-stars

 

WOW. Joe Goldberg is back and little has changed.

Hidden Bodies picks up right where You left us and Joe has set his sights on another victim love prospect. I am not usually a fan of sequels or books in a series, mainly because I lose interest or things change so much with characters that I’m not as connected.  Hidden Bodies is different. Joe is the same Joe I knew with the killer mind and his setting may have changed to the LA scene, but his motives did not change.Joe loves as hard as he has ever loved…

This is love. This is Sunday, and when we get back into the city, she strokes my neck. 

As much as Joe loves with his everything, he turns just as quick…

…but then she might see me coming and that would be like whispering to the deer, psst, I’m here, right before shooting it.

Hidden Bodies did not disappoint me. In fact, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I did not think it was possible for Joe to be more psychotic, more calculating and more murderous, but I’m so glad he was!!!

When things don’t work out for Joe, he comes up with ‘solutions’. These are usually not the way a rational person solves a problem. Joe has an all or nothing approach and won’t take no for an answer.

Joe seems to get deeper and deeper into situations where there seems to be no way out. Hidden Bodies leaves things open for a third book and I’m allllllllll for that! Hidden Bodies must be read after You though, because otherwise would not make as much sense and You is fantastic, so start there.

I really hope Caroline is considering Joe’s return in a third book.

About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, Hidden Bodies and Providence. She has worked as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the upcoming adaptation of You. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts she now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles.

About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, Hidden Bodies and Providence. She has worked as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the upcoming adaptation of You. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts she now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles.

You – Caroline Kepnes Book Review

by Caroline Kepnes
Published by Simon and Schuster Genres: Fiction, General, Media Tie-In, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
five-stars

I’m starting this blog with a book I can’t get off my mind. It’s You by Caroline Kepnes. I did a mini review on Facebook singing it’s praises. I love it even more now that there is a Lifetime TV Series of the same name. The book was recommended to me by my friend Jac (hi Jac!) and I am so glad I  read it.

Whilst the TV show is also fantastic, I don’t want the TV series to take away from the book.

I read it quickly and was disappointed when I finished and I would no longer hear Joe Goldberg’s crazy voice inside my head. Joe is clearly very deluded, psychotic and quite fearless, but I loved his character so much.

Joe becomes obsessed with a woman he meets and nothing will stop him from pursuing her. The book is gripping, with all the right kinds of heart racing moments. Before you know it, you are on Joe’s side and you are rooting for him (well I was ok?).

There are quite a few raunchy sections, which I don’t mind at all. The characters (particularly Joe) are interesting and Joe’s narration throughout makes them even more enjoyable. There are characters Joe despises, making for an entertaining read.

The good news?

There is a sequel called Hidden Bodies, which continues right where You leaves us. It is as heart stopping as You, possibly even more. I didn’t think Joe could go that far…even my dog loved it (see pic).

The better news?

Hidden Bodies finishes with the opportunity for a third instalment and I really hope Caroline is working on that.

Caroline is an author I want to read again and her book Providence is on my list of books to read soon!

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About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, Hidden Bodies and Providence. She has worked as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the upcoming adaptation of You. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts she now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles.

About Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, Hidden Bodies and Providence. She has worked as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the upcoming adaptation of You. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts she now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles.