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Review: Something in the Water

Something in the Water

Something in the Water
By Catherine Steadman
Ballantine Books, 9781524797676, April 2019, 384pp.

The Short of It:

When I picked this one up I was thinking it would be along the lines of Jaws or The Abyss.  Not a spoiler but ocean life is not a big player here.

The Rest of It:

Erin makes documentaries for a living. Mark is an investment banker and not a very good one as he’s just been fired. Erin and Mark are engaged, in love and completely stressed out because if Mark doesn’t find a job soon, they’ll lose their home.

To add insult to injury, the big, beautiful wedding they had planned had to be cancelled due to cost. They opt for a smaller celebration and cut their glorious three weeks in Bora Bora to a mere two but they still manage to get themselves into trouble when a scuba diving trip goes wrong.

These two. What a pair! You learn very early on that Erin and Mark don’t seem to posses the highest morals. They are manipulative and don’t have a problem justifying their bad decisions. When that scuba diving trip uncovers the answer to their all their troubles, they don’t hesitate at all before diving head first into a pile of trouble.

As Erin and Mark continue to justify their actions, things begin to crumble around them and they find themselves trying to cover up their tracks. When they begin to question one another, then it gets particularly good.

Something in the Water was quite readable. The tension ran high throughout most of the book and I kept flipping those pages to see how the story would end. I didn’t love the characters and some of the story lines were too convenient and not realistic at all so in the end I didn’t love it but reading it was a solid way to spend the afternoon.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Sunday Matters: Time

Sunday Matters

This week has been great. No rushing around! For once, my calendar was wide open and it felt so good. Reading, cuddles with the pup, watching Broadway performances that my daughter wanted me to see on YouTube. Pleasant.

Winter Formal was yesterday so maybe I will have a pic to share later. I don’t know about you moms with teens but my teen is very choosy about which photos she allows me to share.

Right Now:

I am getting ready to head out for high school ministry. I have it in my head to cook breakfast today but we’ll see if it happens. Usually I just grab a piece of toast with peanut butter but don’t you love a good breakfast?

This Week:

My daughter starts a college class this Monday (Sign Language) so that she can hopefully attend a summer theater intensive in NY/NJ this summer. Since she chose not to do The Little Mermaid, she has evenings to attend this class which counts for two years of language. My son took the class when he was in high school and said it was pretty decent.

High School ministry has a Galentine’s event that I will try to attend this Thursday. On Valentine’s Day, my daughter’s choir will be doing singing telegrams but The Hub and I will most likely order in because going out on THE day, a Friday no less, will be impossible.

On Saturday, we hope to meet the boy in Santa Barbara for a meal and to catch-up a little. Santa Barbara is about 1.5 hours for each of us so it’s the middle ground and a great place to meet. We are looking forward to it.


I finished Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. I should have the review up this week. I enjoyed it a lot but I could not shake the feeling that I’ve read the story before. Every time I turned the page I got a sense of deja vu.

I am combing through all my review copies and library books to see what my next read will be. I want to keep up this reading pace so it needs to be something super compelling.  Suggestions?


I noticed that Center Stage is back on Netflix. Have you seen that gem? My daughter and I are going to watch it again soon but tonight we will sit on the couch and watch all the Oscar fanfare.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I’ve been supplementing my food with organic, plant-based protein powders mixed into almond milk. Nutritionally, I am a little deficient. I can tell from the low energy so hopefully a little nutritional boost will do me good.

Grateful for:

  • The YouVersion Bible app. I am in this app daily.
  • Smart TV’s and the ability to cast content from my phone to them.
  • The opportunity to share books with others. I am not a big purchaser of books but lately, I’ve been picking up used copies so I can share them with others.

That’s all I’ve got. How have you all been doing? The political news I’ve been forced to endure (I am on social media for work) has been too much. I wish I could completely remove it from my life. From the comments I’ve seen from some of you I think you feel the same way.