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Some­thing in the Wa­ter ★★ Cather­ine Stead­man, Si­mon & Schus­ter, R305

- Jen­nifer Platt @Jen­nifer­d­platt

Flip. This started off so well. The pro­tag­o­nist googling on how to dig a grave on a dead man’s phone: “a poor burial comes down to three things: 1) lack of time 2) lack of ini­tia­tive 3) lack of care”. She makes sure she doesn’t make these mis­takes. Then we go back a few months. It’s en­ter­tain­ing but Stead­man’s char­ac­ters make it ir­ri­tat­ing. It’s told from the view of Erin who goes on hon­ey­moon with new hus­band Mark. While div­ing in Bora Bora they find a bag filled with di­a­monds and a mil­lion pounds and de­cide to keep it. They get back to Lon­don and things go awry. Sym­pa­thy of char­ac­ter is needed to make this a com­pelling read but Erin and Mark are a bit too un­like­able.

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