Dear My Book Moment Subscribers,
I’m so thrilled to introduce my debut novel Something in the Water to you as this month’s book. It’s a fast-paced thriller that I hope will have you on the edge of your seats and eager to read on. The story centres on documentary filmmaker Erin who marries her handsome investment banker fiancé Mark and travels First Class from London to Bora Bora for their perfect honeymoon together.
The couple are madly in love but when Mark finds out he has lost his job cracks start to appear in their perfect life. Until one day, out on a scuba diving trip far from the island they find something that could solve everything. What they find that day in the water and the decisions they subsequently make change the course of their lives forever – for better and for worse.
It’s easy to think we know ourselves, what we’d do in certain situations, but when push comes to shove, how far would you really be willing to go to have the life of your dreams?
I loved researching and writing Erin and Mark’s story — from the breath-taking location of Bora Bora to the practical steps Erin has to take during the novel.
I wanted Something in the Water to be as immersive and as immediate a thriller as possible. To put the reader, if not directly in the driver’s seat, certainly in the passenger’s seat shouting directions! It was important to me that Erin be an everywoman. She is like you or me, just a person trying to figure out what to do for the best but thrown into increasingly high-stake situations.
To this end I wanted to make sure that everything Erin did in the book was something that someone could have realistically learnt, or worked out, from the internet. I wanted the reader to learn how to do things at the same pace Erin does. We’re lucky to live in an age where the answers to almost anything are only a few taps away on our phones or keyboards.
It’s truly amazing, and disturbing, the information we have access to these days and I was interested to see that represented in a novel. Because we all rely on it — we get the sniffles and we’re straight on Google looking up causes and symptoms. We don’t know how to work something, so we watch a YouTube tutorial. The best and the worst of the world is at our fingertips.
I hope you get swept away with Erin’s journey… to the warm pink sands of Bora Bora and across the crystal waters of French Polynesia.