Something in The Water by Catherine Steadman – Book Review



The perfect couple. The perfect crime?

“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.

‘A wild, page-turning ride! It’s the perfect beach read!’

Reese Witherspoon

Something in the Water was selected for the Reese Witherspoon Book Club in July 2018 and has been optioned by Twentieth Century Fox for adaption, with Reese Witherspoon attached to produce.


Erin and Mark seem to have the perfect relationship…..but when Mark loses his job as a banker they decide to still have their honeymoon on the idyllic Bora Bora…..,

They decide to go scuba-diving and find a plane wreck in the water….they also find a bag…Flotsam? The contents of which would solve all their problems….

Hiding the bag in their hotel room, they have to decide what to do….can they keep it secret? Can they even trust each other?

I read this in a couple of days as it just drew me in and wouldn’t let go…Catherine Steadman has blended true facts, current affairs and a really believable thriller into one. What happens after is lots of twists and turns with lies and secrets and even a gangsters help. Well worth a read………

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)



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 was 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.

‘An opening worthy of Hitchcock’ Sunday Times

‘A tightly paced thriller that will leave you questioning your own morality’ Grazia

‘Pure adrenaline: I swallowed this book whole’ Erin Kelly ‘A thriller for our times’ Louise Candlish

‘A fascinating moral dilemma, a fast-paced examination of the slippery slope and the precarious foundations our middle-class lives are built on, and a sensitive examination of a marriage under pressure’ Gillian McAllister

New York Times

‘A cunning mixture of domestic noir thriller and action romp… addictive morality tale from a debut writer who already seems to know exactly what she is doing’ Sunday Express

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