This book was not on my to-read list, but when I saw it at the bookstore, I remembered reading a few Cannonball reviews of it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember if the reviews were positive or negative, so I let the familiarity get the best of me and I picked it up. It wasn’t until after I read the book that I went back and read the reviews of Something in the Water once more. At least I know I’m not crazy. This was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club choice, so I thought it had to be decent. And it was. Decent. That’s the best I can give it.
Erin, a documentary filmmaker, and her husband Mark, an investment banker, travel to Bora Bora for their honeymoon. Things get weird when they go out scuba diving and find something in the water. They’re faced with a difficult and dangerous decision that will change the course of their trip… and their lives.
There’s just something about Something in the Water that is out-of-touch. Now, I understand the idea of suspending belief, but this book too often reads as if it is trying to seem realistic. I simply could not connect with any of the characters. It’s not that the author doesn’t adequately detail their thoughts and feelings. It’s more that I just didn’t like any of them. If the author’s intention had been for me to love to hate these characters, that would be an entirely different story, but for someone who values character development above all else, this book left me disappointed.