Something in the Water

10 CDs. Books on Tape. Jun. 2018. 11:41 hrs. ISBN 9780525593607. $40. digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarDebut author Steadman narrates this story of young love in a skilled and compelling voice. Erin and her husband, Mark, set out for their dream honeymoon in Bora Bora fully expecting to live a long and happy life together. However, what they find in a bag floating in the water following a scuba adventure changes everything. Finding no ID on the bag, Mark and Erin make the foolish choice to keep the treasure of diamonds within it. Perhaps Erin's vocation as a documentary filmmaker predisposes her to digging into things that should be left alone. Her current project is documenting the lives of prisoners as they are approaching parole. Erin asks one of the prisoners in her documentary to help her liquidate the gems. Despite her promises to Mark that she will not touch the phone and flash drive that were bundled with the cash and stones, Erin opens both. She becomes deeply immersed in shady activity but is so likable that listeners will hope she escapes detection. The twist at the end is a surprising relief.
VERDICT The balance of terror and hope in this first novel is breathtaking. Listeners will anxiously await another novel from Steadman, and will hope the author will choose to narrate future works as well. ["Erin's and Mark's motivations are sketchy and a number of threads are left untied at the end, leaving the reader hanging. Still, this has been getting some prepub buzz so die-hard thriller fans might be interested": LJ Xpress Reviews 6/15/18 review of the Ballantine hc.]

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