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Catherine Steadman Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Something in the Water (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Catherine Steadman is a North London based actor and writer, best known for her roles in Tutankhamun and Downton Abbey as well as her best selling novel, Something in the Water. Moreover, Catherine Steadman is also widely known for her roles in Fresh Meat, Breathless and the Inbetweeners. In the year 2017, Catherine Steadman featured in a critically acclaimed political thriller, Fearless, as well as Bucket, a fresh BBC comedy. Born and raised in New Forest UK, Steadman currently lives with her husband and their dog.

Something in the Water
Something in the Water is Catherine Steadman’s, debut novel, which instantly became a bestseller, several months after its release. Due to her unique writing style and her ability to create highly entertaining stories, Something in the Water has already been selected for screening by Fox 2000. With wry voices, unreliable pictures, a twisting plot and a well-timed pacing, author Catherine Steadman borrows a lot from her acting experience. While scuba diving deep in the Bora Bora, honeymooners Mark and Erin come across something in the water, which not only tests their marriage but also put their lives at risk. Something in the Water opens up as Erin is digging her husband’s grave, and from this point onwards the novel begins descending at a fast pace.

Author Catherine Steadman, takes the readers to where it all began, the world-famous Bora Bora beach. Erin, a documentary filmmaker, has for some time, been working on a documentary which tried to shed some light on how prisoners tend to envision their lives upon their release. Ever since she began working on her documentary, Erin narrowed her documentary to only three inmates. The three inmates include Alexa, a 42-year-old woman, placed behind bars for assisting her mother take her own life, Holi, a sad woman who was incarcerated for setting a bus ablaze during a riot and Eddie, a local mob kingpin arrested for money laundering. As Erin continues working on her documentary, her husband Mark an experienced banker is relieved from his duties. From the look of things, Mark’s chances of landing a new job are very minimal. While the two economized on their wedding, the two expect their honeymoon to be a full splurge, considering they placed most of the money aside, specifically for their honeymoon

However, what the two find in the water at Bora Bora beach changes their lives completely as well as their moral compass. Mark and Erin find themselves in a much bigger web, filled with shadowy stalkers and Russian figures. As the two are trying to come into terms with what had just happened, Holli is released from prison and goes into the abyss with her boyfriend, who from the look of things has connections with Islamic radicals based in Syria. Enter Andy Foster, a Special Operations Officer for counter-terrorism. Andy Foster begins by interrogating Erin to establish whether she had any information with regards to Holli’s plans after her release from prison. Something in the Water is full of so many twists and turns. There are certain instances when the readers will find themselves asking what they would have done if they found themselves in similar situations.

Catherine Steadman’s unique writing style will keep the readers fully invested in the narrative from the very first page. Moreover, Steadman does an excellent job of making the narrative reasonably believable. The plot development was superbly done while the present tense narrative allows the readers to get caught up in what was happening in the world that author Catherine Steadman creates. Moreover, Readers will definitely adore Erin as she constantly turns to Mark from time to time for advice. Some of the questions that she asks Mark include where one can sell illegal items or bury a dead body. Unlike Erin who was quite lovable, Mark was the total opposite. Apart from being quite sneaky, Mark seemed to blame Erin for almost everything that went wrong.

The Watcher
The Watcher is an experimental and stylish challenge, which will definitely leave the readers scratching their heads by the end of the narrative; an inkling that something unique had just happened. Unlike Something in the Water, which was Catherine Steadman’s debut novel, the Watcher is author Ross Armstrong’s book, which is narrated by author Catherine Steadman. In this instalment, the author begins by introducing the readers to the main character, Lily. Lily resides in a new apartment, with Aiden, her husband. Lily being an avid bird watcher, decides to pass her time by watching people in the apartment building next to theirs by using her binoculars. Though Lily does not personally know her neighbours, she is still fascinated by their day to day lives. She also goes as far as making names for these people as well as backstories. One day, while going on with her new hobby, she witnesses a murder and ends up becoming obsessed with catching the killer.

Things begin to get extremely dangerous, confusing and out of control. It is important to note that Lily, the main character is an unreliable narrator. As the book continues, the readers begin to get inside Lily’s mind. Like what many reviewers have said about the Watcher, the novel is quite confusing. However, the confusion in the novel was quite intentional from the author. The main reason why the author introduces the element of confusion in the book will become clear once the reader has covered at least half of the narrative. Apart from being an unreliable narrator, Lily, the protagonist is also quite interesting character. The author manages to keep the readers at a distance from Lily. Considering the fact that the narrative is told entirely from Lily’s POV, the readers are going to get a direct perspective of how she looks at things. Moreover, the readers also get a glimpse of the workings of her mind.

Despite the fact that Lily’s character is quite confusing, by the end of the narrative the reader will feel as if they truly know this character. The Watcher is full of so many twists and turns, such that the readers will not know what to expect next. The twists and the plot reveals were quite shocking. It is important to note, that the first part of the book will grab the reader’s attention more than the second part of the book, mainly because of the surprise element and also because the readers will be trying to understand what was really happening. The author’s portrayal of London city is brilliantly done. The overall pacing of the narrative is fantastic as well. The clues and plot devices, that were left by the author throughout the narrative, will definitely keep the readers guessing. A literal masterpiece, the Watcher will definitely have the readers at the edge of their seats.

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