I have read two novels by Catherine Steadman and I will say this one is her best work. I loved this book. As it turns out this is her first novel and here I am just getting around to reading it. The suspense levels are perfect. Genre is psychological thriller.
There have been times I have said to my husband, wouldn't it be cool to find a big suitcase of money abandoned in the woods? He always said it would bring more trouble than it's worth. This book has that message and it's full twists and turns.
The primary setting is London and Norfolk England. Erin a documentary filmaker and her husband-to-be Mark is an investment banker. They are planning a lush wedding when Mark is suddenly fired from his well paying job. They start the cutback on expenses from everyday living to the wedding. The honesymoon was paid for so they go off to Bora Bora for the last exciting fling and expenditure.
While scuba diving they discover something in the water which is a real game changer. This ordinary couple unwittingly fall into sinister situation and it's a real page turner.
The story begins with Erin telling us how hard it is to dig a grave. In the movies the dirt flings up as if a dog is throwing soft dirt from a hole. The reality is it's back breaking work and your muscles are sore as you prepare to hide your husband's body in a hole. Wait! She's burying her husband and this is in the start? So is that a spoiler before you get into the book - nope!
As you get into the story you see the sequence of events and I can say, I never guessed how things would turn out. I liked this novel better than her latest. Right now I am caught up on Catherine Steadman's books and I look forward to more in the future.
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